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This was a very popular series. May still be--I don't keep up much. The one thing I always remember Mom saying about Plains of Passage was that it had a lot of sex in it. I don't remember enough about Clan of the Cave Bear to remember the sex, I remember almost every adult in my life reading Plains of Passage when it came out.

I don't remember enough about Clan of the Cave Bear to remember the sex, although Valley hearkens back to it as kind of a rough, quick thing among the "flatheads" of Ayla's clan. Whatever it was lacking in romantic, steamy sex, though, Valley intends to make up for. What I wasn't expecting was the endlessly delayed gratification of it, however. I only glanced at the jacket and immediately forgot the summary when I began reading, so I didn't know whether it was going to be Thonolan or Jondalar who ended up with Ayla.

I thought for a while it could be both because Auel, while her books are very well researched, seems to nevertheless use her plots as a means of working out her own fantasies. She's not the first author to do that, so I'm not finding fault. Every author does that with his or her writing; even if it's not about sex, there IS a working out of something primal. Anyway, yes, ultimately, this book is about sex.

About romantic sex. It's understandable. It's almost the only thing these people had for entertainment, and Auel approaches it with sensitivity and tenderness, with poetic epithets rather than outright, obvious blatant carnality. I was struck by how much I yearned for Ayla to finally meet with one of these men and fall in love.


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Their journeys are separate for well over the first half of the book, and even when she does finally meet the man since it wasn't spoiled for me, I won't spoil it for you , there are communication barriers galore for them to work through before they ultimately come to understand one another, so the tension continues and reaches a fever pitch. I do feel like there is a bit too much repetition in Ayla's story as she's learning to live on her own. She hunts, she cooks, she bathes, she cries, she domesticates wild animals, rinse and repeat. A few episodes of each event would be enough, but Auel serves us with several, and if she wants us to eventually feel as bored as Ayla does, she kind of succeeds.

Also, the innovations Ayla and the man develop, separately and together, feel a bit much. Their discoveries and inventions are legion and seem to move them from the stone age straight into the bronze age.

I know Auel is just having fun here, and it's kind of fun for the reader, too, but it's hard to take it seriously as pre-historical fiction. Still, this is entertaining reading, a pleasant diversion from serious fare.

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