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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1984
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"Shiningly intense... Sheer storytelling skill holds the reader in a powerful spell." -- Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
Then came the sex. I must admit, at thirteen years old, I was completely apalled that someone would have the gall to write such ilicite materiel. I skipped the sections, and completely missed out on the meaning of Ayla's awakening.
It wasn't until three years down the road, as a junior, that I found a replacement for my decapitated Valley of Horses. This time, I actually read from page one to the end without bouncing around, or skipping. I think it took being older, a mature mind, and the knowlege of the power of sexual relations between two people in love to truly appreciate Auel's masterpiece.
And it wasn't just the story and the sex that kept me into the book. It was the excellent insider view into the life of a prehistoric person. I could see myself walking on the beach with Ayla, digging pits to trap horses, and sitting next to Jondalar, watching him knap flint. Auel has researched so much; from botany, to hunting, to skills of the Ice Age that it isn't hard to accept something thirty five thousand years behind us.
I would encourage people to read this book, if you don't, you're missing out on a real treat.
Jean M. Auel has outdone herself with this sequel to Clan Of The Cave Bear. I couldn't put it done, and my mother had to force me to do my chores. This was a wonderful and compelling novel to read. It was an extremely well written account of life for Ayla in the prehistoric times.
I enjoyed the plot given, the tale of her meeting Jondalar and her animals Whinny and Baby. I sometimes wished I was in her place. I sincerely recommend this book. Ayla was a wonderful heroine to read about.
Please, look beyond the graphic sex. Sex is a part of life. You can't shelter yourself from it. Those scenes were there to help tell the story of Ayla and her sexual awakening. Without it, the book would not have been complete. This book deserves more than five stars. I give it two thumbs way up.
P.S. Yes, I was a sixth grader when I read it. I've also read the other four books and await the fifth in earnest. Those of you who think that the sex in all of the books makes them trashy, get a damn life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read this series so many times and still love it! Ayla is so strong and talented yet humble and kind. A great example for all.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. From beginning to end, the author took me on a journey of adventure and education. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia Innerst-Axe
It dragged on a long time. They didn't meet until about 60% of the book. But it was worth the wait.Published 1 month ago by N. Nagel
I ended up skipping through a lot of this book. There's too much detail about the day to day lives of the main character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great Book!! I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of fourteen, due to the explicit sexual content. Loved the surreal landscape and pre-ice age imagery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Martinez