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The protagonist is a young neolithic boy struggling to find his place in the world. When he finds himself in dire circumstances, he has to find new ways to shelter and feed himself in order to survive. As the protagonist finds new and more effective ways to survive in his environment, he gains in confidence and his understanding of his world and other people matures. As his new ways of living begin proving themselves, he begins gathering a following and they find themselves in conflict with people unwilling to give up their old way of doing things.
The only false note in the book comes from the number of discoveries the protagonist makes. Just about all of the protagonist's discoveries about more effective ways to live come from accidents ... and he has a long string of incredibly lucky accidents. Any one of his discoveries would have made a dramatic impact on the way he and his people lived and the development and implications of that one discovery could have easily powered both books. Instead, the author has the protagonist making one major discovery after another over the course of less than two years. If those discoveries had been the result of a neolithic genius reasoning out how to do things, it would have been plausible. Instead, the protagonist stumbles from one major discovery to another as a result of one lucky accident after another.
Pell is cast out of his clan, which is a death sentence. No one can survive without the clan to help provide food. Yet Pell sees things differently. He builds his own cave, he teaches himself to trap and snare animals instead of hunting them with rocks and spears. He discovers that smoking meat will let it keep for months instead of days. Oh, yeah... he learns to set broken bones. In this society, bonesetting is a lifesaving skill.
All Pell's success comes at a price... he makes enemies. Fearsome enemies. The story is one of survival in a world where one misstep could mean your life. All the survival and trapping methods Pell uses are sound and are used to this day, just with more modern equipment.
This is a wonderful book to read but there is one problem that I have with the story. All these prehistoric aracters use modern slang and language. No one wants to read dialog consisting of grunts and yells, so I suppose the author had to take liberties with the speech so that the reader would more clearly understand the tale. It's just a bit disconcerting is all.
I'd say that this is similar in concept to 'Clan of the Cave Bear', but truly, it's quite a bit different. Other than being set in a similar time period, the stories differ greatly. I like Bonesetter much better than Cave Bear. I don't have to picture Darryl Hannah on every page. That's a plus in my book.
Read it, you'll like it.
I recommend it.
Bonesetter’s plot is extremely unlikely. Maybe if Leonardo DaVinci was born in the Paleolithic he could have done everything Dahners ascribes to his main character, but that one person, in about a year, could have done everything Dahners's character does is VERY unlikely.
It doesn't matter. Bonesetter is a fun story that lets you dismiss logic. HIs main character, Pell (The Bonesetter), is so likeable that you want the impossible to be real. It also helps that Dahners knows what he is talking about with what he has Pell accomplish. That makes it more believable - as long as you are along for the ride, at least.
The other characters are believable, if not as fully developed as Pell. Some are good people, some are not. Most are mixed. They mostly exist to advance the story.
I'm now going to go find the Donsaii series the author also wrote. If they are anything like Bonesetter they will be worth the price and provide some very enjoyable reading.