New York: Wing Books, 1998. Hard Cover. 12mo. Fine / Fine. Item #006539
Full green cloth. B&W map endpapers. 468 pp. Light bumping to spine ends, light stain to front board. Slight bumping to extremities of dust jacket. Fine overall. Over 35,000 years ago, in prehistoric Europe during the Ice Age, humanity as it eventually evolved was just beginning. This is a saga of that time when the people who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear existed by hunting mammoth and other prey; remained insulated by their customs, rituals, the great totems they revered; were doomed by this same insulation. Into this clan came young Ayla, a young girl they found and raised as one of their own. But she never truly belonged. She was too tall, too different, too ugly. As she grew older, the differences became more than physical. The development of her brain was following a different path: she did not remember as well, but she learned more easily. Ayla was unable to blindly follow, dumbly obey the unchanging ways of the Clan. Her heart and mind soared with the desire to be herself. Torn between two cultures, Ayla belongs to neither, but to herself, and to the future of Earth's Children. In its exquisite detail of a world that might have been, The Clan of the Cave Bear creates a new dimension of epic drama, and the timeless emotions that make it so human.