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Friday, November 05, 2010

Prehistoric Lives

It’s hard for me to believe that Jean Auel is still chronicling the adventures of Ayla, the Cro-Magnon raised by Neanderthals, who she introduced in The Clan of the Cave Bear 30 years ago. According to a recent AP article, the sixth book in the Earth’s Children series, The Land of Painted Caves, is due out in March 2011 ("Author May Not Be Done With 'Earth's Children,'" Nov. 3, 2010). She published her first book in the series while in her 40s and now she is 72. I remember hearing Auel speak back in the 1980s when she told of trying to learn the various skills, such as tanning leather, which her Ice-Age characters would have to know.

For those of you who have read all the earlier adventures of Ayla but still enjoy the adventures of Bronze Age, pre-Columbian and other prehistoric peoples, here are some other books to try:

Beyond the Gap by Harry Turtledove

Woman of a Thousand Secrets by Barbara Wood

Tales of Adam by Daniel Quinn

Inez by Carlos Fuentes

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