I picked up my mom's copy of Clan of the Cave Bear when I was 13 and read it till 3 a.m. This book has been tedious and repetitive. While I found the greater discriptions of the religion of the Zelandonii to be interesting I wondered not why she made descriptive reference to occurences that happened in other books but why whenever they were referred to in this book she had to make a detailed retelling EVERY time. It wasn't so much that she stole from her past books but that she did it repetitavely about the SAME story in a number of incidences. While I am sure some readers don't mind be reminded of what happened 3 books ago they can probably then remember for the remainder of the book. I was pleased that the minutely described sex scenes were kept to a minimum in this book because after Plains of Passage I felt she was spending a little too much time on the sexual lives of Ayla and Jondolar but the trouble with Jondolar and Ayla later in the book felt a little too much like a repetition of what happened in the Mammoth Hunters. I did enjoy the story on some levels but with the repeating removed this book would have been half the length it is now. I am not saying don't get it...just be prepared to recognize alot of it....definitely the weakest book of the series that I personally have been reading for 25 years and has been around since 1978.
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