The 6th book in the Clan of The Cave Bear series by Auel *p3 sneak peak* (possible spoilers inside) - Page 6
Thank you for the spoilers! I think those things would have made want to throw the book across the room without some advance warning. And, Laramar? Really? *sigh*
I can kind of handle it with her, just because I'm sure her character would always have some culturally induced baggage on that topic, but, yeah - I'm going to really hate Jondalar by the time all's said and done. I remember the girl who introduced me to Clan of the Cave Bear in high school just swooning over Jondalar's character, and he's just never done anything for me at all. As much as I love the book for many other reasons, Jondalar and Ayla are one of my least favourite fictional couples (although I think I like them better than Will & Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean).
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This one wasn't cultural baggage. It wasn't like Ranec at all. Ayla cheated on Jonadalar out of pure spite, and even the man she chose to cheat on him with was selected out of spite. She wasn't even attracted to him, in fact as disgusted as we readers are. There was no issue of her having problems turning down a man's advances, she specifically set out to do this.
That's why I was saying Yuck!
yeah - definitely "yuck" - not uncommon, but still...yuck.
I haven't even read it, yet and I'm starting to wish Auel had left things at SoS. I don't expect people to be perfect (especially Jondalar), but there's a big difference, imo, between not being perfect and the kind of thing I'm hearing here! Plus, one would hope that a relationship that had weathered everything their's has (cultural problems, miscommunication, separation from friends/family, long voyage, life threatening "adventures', etc. etc. etc.) could handle these issues with a little more...class. Ouch.
Just finished it. Where to begin?Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I was super annoyed by the repeat of not only the love triangle crap from the 3rd book but also the repeat of the taking of the dangerous drug that almost kills her!
I was absolutely disgusted by both Jon's and Ayla's choices of who to cheat on each other with.
But as annoyed as I was with the repeat of the frustrating crap from the 3rd book, that's nothing to how disturbed I was by:
*Ayla's lack of connection to Jonayla. I loved all the AP practices that were mentioned, such as sustained breastfeeding, babywearing, elimination communication, bedsharing, etc (all of them only to be expected in the ice age of course) but by the end of the book it's apparent that there's an upsetting lack of emotional attachment.
But, especially, how disturbed I was by:
*The divulging of the science of conception leading to the transition from matriarchy to patriarchy leading to the eventual destruction of the environment and healthy human culture. I have long felt very isolated in my strong belief in matriarchy and mother's rights in modern society, and these books, until now, had been a sort of refuge for me. Now, even though there's still no way for the group to know precisely who the father of a child is, they're going to start giving men the newly invented title of "father" and giving them the right to name the male children?? Even though these titles and rights are only being invented because of the discovery of the concept of the biological father, they are going to be given to the current man of the hearth, even if he isn't the biological father? Why? What is the point of THAT? If a woman is unmated, has no man at her hearth, and doesn't know who the father of her child is, who gets to name her son? The whole thing makes me sick. We're going to go from honoring women for bringing forth life to taking away their right to even name their own child? When she's the one who grows the child in her body, carries it, labors with it, births it, and breastfeeds it, and there's no way to even know who the father IS?? The Others are supposed to be the refreshing alternative to the sexism of the Clan. In the Clan, women's rights are not honored and mothers don't even have the right to name their own child. Zelandoni/Zolena, never having directly, personally experienced the mother-child bond herself, takes it upon herself to zealously usher in a new age of travesty that the women of the world have suffered under ever since. At the next day's meeting, is she going to announce that it's time to start worshiping the Great Mother's lover? WTH?
ok, i finished. weirdly paced... the last third was the most interesting part, the beginning did drag a bit. just when it started to get rolling it was over.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the tea thing... i dont buy that ayla would accidently drink the tea just because it smelled like mint. she regularly used strong smelling herbs to identify less pungent drugs in her medicine bag and she has a superhuman memory.
jondalar is an ass.
and really, that is what it comes down to? the revelation that penises are important too?! i would have been happier to see ayla with a hearth full of children living happily ever after or even becoming first, i dont think that the mother's final gift or whatever is interesting/important enough to be the one story that wraps the whole thing up... i would have been satisfied without all that. but its auel's story so she can do what she pleases with it. ill even read it again, and i liked it miles better that shelters of stone.
ok, now im off to read game of thrones.
And not even as smart as she was in Shelters. She was so eager toWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
try out that dangerous drug and kept bringing it up and asking Ayla about it, and every time she did Ayla tried to give her the impression that it's very dangerous and they probably shouldn't use it, and Zelandoni's response would always be along the lines of, "so how is it prepared then? When can we have the ceremony? Chanting might help? So we should have chanting..." Then after they use it and Ayla almost dies again, Zelandoni said "Mamut warned her against using it again? Why didn't she tell me?" I wanted to scream!! I could have sworn that Ayla had used those exact words. I went back in the book looking for it. I mean Ayla really did try to convey to her that it was too dangerous, and Zelandoni just kept brushing off her concerns and persisting in wanting to use it.
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Mamut also seemed to me to have misplaced his wisdom on the day he decided to do the same thing. The healers are supposed to have the sense not to use a significant quantity of a drug they know nothing about, with no one present who knows how to control it, especially after Ayla's warnings! How many times does she have to almost die, and tell people about it, before they stop trying to get her to use it??
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Couldn't Auel have come up with some other climax, rather than repeating the folly of the third book? Especially since this was essentially the climax of the entire series?
Edited by Sustainer - 1/7/13 at 6:30am