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The Mammoth Hunters. Jean M. Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique.
Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her.
Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.
Auel is an international phenomenon. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government's Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters".
She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon. The Mammoth Hunters Jean M.
The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel (Crown: $19.95; 645 pp.)
Although the novel contains flaws, Auel engrossingly depicts prehistoric times, the daily existence of cave men and the turbulent romance between two Ice Age itinerants. Once again, the protagonist is year-old Ayla, a nubile, intuitively intelligent blonde who was expelled from her Clan, a tribelike unit. Despite hardships, Ayla remained sanguine and charitable, and she proved it by tending to a strapping young stranger named Jondalar after a lion mauled him. Passion steadfastly binds them, so Ayla and Jondalar traverse Ukraine together to find a suitable new home. The couple eventually enter the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi people, where they are hospitably--and rather guardedly--welcomed. Both Ayla and Jondalar assimilate themselves into the congenial Lion Camp with ease. Frebec stridently denounces the girl due to her former association with Clan individuals, since they are considered barbaric.
The Mammoth Hunters
The Mammoth Hunters is an historical fiction novel by Jean M. Auel released in 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. As the group's name suggests, 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. Wisest of their nation is Old Mamut, their eldest shaman and the leader of the entire Mamutoi priesthood, who becomes Ayla's mentor and colleague in the visionary and esoteric fields of thought. Observing Ayla's affinity with horses and wolves, Mamut begins to introduce her into the ranks of the Mamuti mystics.
Look Inside. Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals.