The Clan of the Cave Bear series

The Clan of the Cave Bear series

I first read The Clan of the Cave Bear when I was a young girl and swiped it from my mother’s bookcase.  I was captivated, and rightly so, for Jean Auel is a talented creator of a world that has captivated girls young and old for many years.  The Clan of the Cave Bear was even made into a movie, and Daryl Hannah was great as Ayla, but the book was better at capturing my imagination.

The Clan of the Cave Bear grew into a large series called Earth’s Children, which now boasts six lengthy books depicting a world we will never see but can only continue to imagine.  What makes these books so special is the amazing amount of research Jean Auel put into the details, telling us the history of a people that long ago ceased to walk the earth. 

She takes great care to fully flesh out the world of her story, and sometimes the details get a bit much, with a single location description spanning multiple pages, but none can dispute the beauty of the history and the compelling story of the people within.

The Earth’s Children series is a bit much for a child, even a teenager, but for adults it is a story that will captivate and delight.  If you are interested in history, and a story that spans a continent in a world we can only imagine, start out with The Clan of the Cave Bear and discover a whole new world, thanks to the storytelling prowess of Jean Auel.