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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children) di [Auel, Jean M.]
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Lunghezza: 522 pagine Word Wise: Abilitato Miglioramenti tipografici: Abilitato
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"Shiningly intense... Sheer storytelling skill holds the reader in a powerful spell." -- Publishers Weekly

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Second novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent epic of life 25,000 years ago when two kinds of human beings, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon, shared the earth.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Hodder & Stoughton (21 dicembre 2010)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004GKMU76
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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle What a beautiful and unique book! 5 giugno 2016
Di onetimereviewer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I loved Clan of the Cave Bear and was happy to see that it had many reviews and was rated four and a half stars overall. When I saw that 'Valley' got a measly three and a half stars, (!) I was compelled to write a review.

Auel's wonderfully lucid descriptions and rhythmic prose are a sumptuous delight that continue in 'Valley of Horses'. The flora and fauna pop out of the book and I can almost smell the grassy herbaceousness of the meadows where Ayla lives and hunts. When I am reading valley of the horses, everything else seems to melt away and I become a part of the landscape, and a 'fly on the wall' in an ancient clan.

Her musings on plant life and animal behavior will delight anyone who has read Thoreau or Emerson and you will recognize in her book some of the same childish wonder you often find in Thoreau's diaries or Emerson's poetry.

The structure of the novel is well plotted and executed. The story flows at a pleasant pace and has a good amount of action and excitement. We are introduced to a few new characters and Ayla invents spectacular new instruments for hunting and survival. The heart of the book, in my opinion, is her relationships with the animals who are her neighbors in the valley. Even though the real climax of the book occurs when Ayla and Jondalur finally meet, the biggest part of the book deals with her isolation and her relationship with the horse who comes to mean everything to her.

Highly, highly recommend.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle I enjoy this series. 14 novembre 2016
Di Alison Barrett - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Audio CD Acquisto verificato
I've read the whole series before, and enjoy the first four books very much. (The final two books of the series were both a MAJOR disappointment!) The stories are good, moving along smoothly, and in places quite exciting and suspenseful. And the information about stone age living is voluminous, apparently almost entirely accurate, and fascinating. The writing is clear and smooth, and pretty good on the whole. Most of the characters are well-developed and believable, although the character of Jondalar (Ayla's love interest) has always irritated me -- the author tries to develop the character, but to my mind, she never quite succeeds, so he winds up seeming a bit shallow, and Ayla's strong love for him a bit of a mystery.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Eh... 8 giugno 2012
Di chibigirl - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Well.... the book did have some compelling narrative in tiny bits, and there was some interesting description of the environment and a couple of ancient tribes. That said, the story was largely pretty rambling and boring, full of plot holes that aren't ever addressed, and the characters are inconsistent. Aayla ranges from dominant and powerful to meek and frightened for no apparent reason except the author thought it'd be better if she were weak and dependent in parts and powerful and sexy in others. At least there is less of a "Great White Hope" feeling to this book than Clan of the Cave Bear (thank god...) but it doesn't really save the book.
The interactions are unrealistic and wordy, and people did things that had no real discernable motivation - they just furthered the story.
Examples (spoilers):

Why does the Clan family help Jondular when his boat careens out of control? They have no reason to. The Clan Aayla lived with gives us no indication that they're in the habit of helping out non-Clan people they come across; and in fact, it does the OPPOSITE. They make a HUGE point of Iza being weird for being willing to stop and help a young girl from the "Others" who's completely non-threatening, unconcious and possibly dying... and then they help a fully grown and potentially dangerous man whom they know absolutely nothing about, even leading him to their campsite, in exchange for a fish they can go catch themselves? This seemed to me to be a pretty thin attempt to make him stop and think about the Neanderthals as people to prime him for meeting Aayla (and get over her being raised by "flatheads" in record time) so they can get straight to making-like-bunnies after they angst for about 100 pages.

On that note, the book starts delving into some serious bad-fanfiction writing once Aayla and Jondular meet. There is so much plot contrivance, I just don't even want to go into it all, but once they do, it's one sad angsty misunderstanding after another.
Half of the dialogue in this part comes down to Aayla's internal monoglouge of "Boo hoo, I'm too big and ugly and non-Clan looking so this person who is bigger than me and also not from my Clan and clearly undressing me with his eyes every 5 seconds will be all turned off by me. I can discover the travois, domesticate animals, learn to communicate with them, survive alone for 3 years after being banished from the only society I know with hardly any supplies, can supposedly read body language and intention like a book, but I can't figure out that the guy who's about as subtle as a trainwreck wants to do me. *cry cry* life is so unfair..."
Jondular's dialouge is similar. "I want to have sex with her. A lot. Like so much sex. But she thinks I'm a jerk, which I kind of am. Still, boohoo. So much sex."
Also we hear a lot about his "manhood" and how huge it is and how all these women want to have sex with him but he's too big for them and women fall all over themselves around him. It gets old in a hurry and by halfway through the book I start rooting for him to get killed off, just so we could stop hearing about it.
They even make a special point of saying how sexy and awesome his brother is... BUT JONDULAR IS TOTALLY BETTER AND ALL THE WOMENS WANT HIM AND HE'S SO TALL AND AWESOME!1!! (oi... -_-)

Then we move on to the actual descriptions of their sex-lives, which are TMI in the extreme. They could suffice to say "They made love." or "They spent the night together" or some other phrase that tells us they had sex without describing in gory disturbing detail.
The ritual deflowering scene is about 100 times more disturbing than it needs to be and takes up roughly 5 more pages than it needs to. They could have left it at him entering the hut to do his thing and had them wake up together the next day. They spend so much time talking about how awesome it was afterwards anyway, there's no reason we need to read the whole thing in real time. (And I definitely didn't want to.)

Honestly, this book just falls flat. It's obvious the author was WAY more interested in the flora, fauna, and ancient customs than they were in telling a story. The characters are 2-dimensional standins to allow him to describe the world he wants to explore. I think the author doesn't really understand how real people interact, especially in tribal societies with deeply entrenched traditions. They wrote the story like a 14 year old who takes themselves WAY too seriously and it hobbles any potential interest the story may have otherwise had. I can only hope the characters aren't author insertion because ew...

If you're a history buff looking for interesting reading about Neanderthals, Clan of the Cave bear is ok for that. It's very descriptive and paints an excellent picture of the world of that time, assuming you ignore alot of the human interactions. The story is still so-so, but despite being repetative it's not too bad. This book is less description, more sex-scenes, filler, and implausible plot events. Save your time and your gross-out factor and just go read at text-book. You'll get the same information without the squick.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle really good, recommended 3 luglio 2014
Di David M. Brown - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The first book in the series, Clan of the Cave Bears, was given to me, as well as the third & fourth books in the series. Based on my reading of the first, really good, recommended, I bought this, the second in the series, not wanting to miss the in-between. Up front, I will say that I read primarily to wind down at the end of a long day. This book will indeed help to put you to sleep, and I don't mean that entirely negatively. But Ms. Auel's prose is very long winded. It is like that she is required to write a 400 page book when a better message could have been communicated in 300. I would suggest that a graphic artist could have been hired to provide illustrations in the art of flint tool making and ancient boat building, cutting down on pages of incomprehensible description. A picture is worth a thousand words. The same is true for the extended description of sex sessions (although such illustrations would be expunged). For anyone over about 18 the extended sex descriptions are simply boring, increasingly as we go through the third book. We read repeated explanations and details--like someone is trying to describe to you an indescribable sunset, over and over again, in many pages of writing. Gosh, this sounds like a negative review! But it is not, I just wish the author had not gone on so long . . ..
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Finally on Kindle, OCR problems -1* 12 dicembre 2010
Di Elyssanda Desertsong - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Like many many people, I have read, and re-read the "Earth's Children" series by Jean M Auel many times since it's debut years and years ago. When the Kindle came out I wrote to Ms. Auel via her website, and received a reply from *I think* her son, saying they were looking at putting the books out in e-format... Well, they are out.. If you can get past the obviously OCR'd text. It's a good thing I know this story by heart, and can easily substitute the correct words in my head.

The Valley of the Horses:

This book starts off where Clan of the Cave bear ends.. 15 year old Ayla is on her own, and has to find a way to survive while looking for her kind of people (cro-magnons). She has to take care of herself, as she travels, and finds a valley to live in to prepare for winter, she kills a female horse, saves and befriends its filly, saves a cave lion cub after it was trampled by reindeer she stampeeded, raises them both, living for 3 years alone.

At the same time, Jondalar and his brother have undertaken a great "Journey" from their home, to see the End of the Great Mother river. # years later, Thonolan (J's brother) dies while chasing a female cave lion after she takes his killed deer, and Ayla hears the scream, arriving in time to save Jondalar from the lion she raised. The rest of the book covers how the 2 of them get to know each other, learn to communicate, and fall in love.
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