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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children) Formato Kindle
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|Formato Kindle, 21 dic 2010||
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On the other side of Europe, Jondolar and his brother Thonolan have just crossed a glacier. The two are on a Journey to reach the end of the Great Mother River (The Danube). It will be a long journey, one Jondolar isn't sure about. But he's aimless, without purpose. He's searching for something without ever knowing what it is.
In a valley in the middle of a glacial tundra, Ayla and Jondolar's destinies will change.
Auel dives back into her Earth's Children story, building on the events of the first book while greatly expanding the scope. We get to see how neolithic humans lived during the last ice age. The various cultures and the differences between us and the neanderthals. From the greater sophistication of tools to the cultural explosion of art that came with modern man. It's a fascinating read on how hunter-gathers lived and survived in various cultures from the river-dwelling Sharamadoi to the mammoth-hunting Mamutoi.
The level of information can almost be overwhelming but just shows the level of intelligence and skill are ancestors had. It's easy to think of primitive humans as stupid when, in fact, they just weren't as educated. They possessed brains just as smart as ours, and they used them to come up with novel ways to survive in the harshest of climates.
The story has a sense of inevitability, a collusion that you can't wait to happen. It carries you through the story with a breathtaking pace. Auel continues to endear you to her characters while planting the setup for plot points that won't matter for a few novels.
If you're a fan of historical fiction, if you're interested in learning about primitive man, or if you enjoy an engrossing story, then you have to read Auel's Earth Children story.
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.
The way the girl discovered how to make fire was a new twist; I always thought (from reading plausible explanations) the the cave men witnessed it from naturally occurring events (I don't want to give it away; read it for yourself).
I recommend the readers to start with Jean M Auel's "The Clan of the Cave Bear"; the first book in the series.