Now, Ayla is quivering in fear, afraid that this Other is going to see her and immediately know, somehow, that she lived with the Clan and hate her this is only 1 of the many continuity conflicts in this story. Before I start my ranting, I need to say the good things about this book or I will completely forget them and start censoring profanities. At points, I was almost transported back to The Clan of the Cave Bear : learning how the Mamutoi hunt, make clothes, and go about their day-to-day lives; getting a peak into their religion; learning their social structure. The plotline with Rydag was actually not that bad. It gave Ayla a way to see what her child might have been like, to explore the motherliness of her character. My favorite was Ranec; he was such a jolly guy, so friendly, outgoing, clever, witty, and smart.
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Edit This book starts off from the events at the end of The Valley of Horses. The main protagonists, a young woman named Ayla and a man named Jondalar , meet a group known as the Mamutoi , or Mammoth Hunters, with whom they live for a period of time.
As their name would suggest, their hosts rely on mammoth not only for food but also for building materials and a number of other commodities - and indeed for spiritual sustenance. The protagonists make their home with the Lion Camp of the Mammoth Hunters, which features a number of respected Mamutoi. He learned some of the Clan sign language during that stay, and became aware of the fact that the Clan are human not animals, as is the common opinion of most of his people.
He cannot speak, having the same vocal limitations as the Clan, but he also has their memories. Ayla quickly discovers this and teaches him, and the rest of the Lion Camp, the Clan way of communicating.
Rydag is a sickly child, having a heart defect which limits him from even playing like the other children of the Camp. He is the subject of prejudice from many other Mamutoi , who regard him as an animal, but Ayla and the Lion Camp are vehement in their defense of him. He is a special friend of Mamut, who never treated him as any different from the other children "except to show special consideration for his weakness".
The conflict in question is a love triangle between Jondalar, Ayla, and Lion Camp member Ranec, a unique fellow in that his father master flint knapper Wymez traveled far to the south and mated a woman whose skin was as black as night, resulting in a brown-skinned son. Jondalar becomes jealous and is easily pushed away; Ayla almost mates with Ranec before several last-minute revelations reunite the former pair.
The Mammoth Hunters
Auel takes readers back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps them up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined. Over 30, years ago, in a world we know but would not recognize, a young girl of five plays by herself on a creek bank. Suddenly, her world shifts, as a cataclysmic earthquake leaves her an orphan in a harsh Ice Age landscape. They must journey to find a new place to live. She is starving and half-dead from a wound on her thigh made by a cave lion defending her cubs. A medicine woman from the Clan, named Iza, receives permission to try to heal her.
Books by Jean M. Auel
Plot summary[ edit ] This book picks up where The Valley of Horses ends; Ayla and Jondalar meet a group known as the Mamutoi, or Mammoth Hunters, with whom they live for a period of time. The protagonists make their home with the Lion Camp of the Mammoth Hunters, which features a number of respected Mamutoi. Mamut learned some of the Clan sign language during that stay, and became aware of the fact that the Clan are human as opposed to other animals, as is the common opinion of most of his people. He cannot speak, having the same vocal limitations as the Clan, but he also has their ancestral memories.