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Part One Of Two Parts Ayla, the heroine first introduced in THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, is loved by millions of readers, with the result that the Earth Children series has become a national literary phenomenon. In THE PLAINS OF PASSAGE Ayla's story continues. Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback over the grasslands of Ice-Age Europe. They traverse a vast continent, diffic Part One Of Two Parts Ayla, the heroine first introduced in THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, is loved by millions of readers, with the result that the Earth Children series has become a national literary phenomenon. In THE PLAINS OF PASSAGE Ayla's story continues. Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback over the grasslands of Ice-Age Europe. They traverse a vast continent, difficult and treacherous, but pristine and breathtakingly beautiful, full of enchantment. Their trek is a search for something that calls them, that special place that can be their home. "A panorama of human culture in its infancy. A powerful story...Auel is a highly imaginative writer. She humanizes prehistory and gives it immediacy." (The Chicago Sun- Times)


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Part One Of Two Parts Ayla, the heroine first introduced in THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, is loved by millions of readers, with the result that the Earth Children series has become a national literary phenomenon. In THE PLAINS OF PASSAGE Ayla's story continues. Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback over the grasslands of Ice-Age Europe. They traverse a vast continent, diffic Part One Of Two Parts Ayla, the heroine first introduced in THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, is loved by millions of readers, with the result that the Earth Children series has become a national literary phenomenon. In THE PLAINS OF PASSAGE Ayla's story continues. Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback over the grasslands of Ice-Age Europe. They traverse a vast continent, difficult and treacherous, but pristine and breathtakingly beautiful, full of enchantment. Their trek is a search for something that calls them, that special place that can be their home. "A panorama of human culture in its infancy. A powerful story...Auel is a highly imaginative writer. She humanizes prehistory and gives it immediacy." (The Chicago Sun- Times)

30 review for The Plains of Passage, Part 1 of 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pixie

    Retour aujourd'hui sur la suite de la saga Les Enfants de la Terre, avec le volume 4 " Le Grand Voyage". Après avoir retrouvé Jondalar, Ayla décide à contrecoeur de quitter les Mamutoïs qui ont su l'accepter malgré ses différences pour suivre son compagnon jusque dans son propre peuple, les Zélandoniis. Mais ces derniers vivent de l'autre côté du continent et c'est un long voyage qui les attend. D'avancées en avancées et de rencontres en rencontres, Ayla va beaucoup apprendre sur les Autres, leu Retour aujourd'hui sur la suite de la saga Les Enfants de la Terre, avec le volume 4 " Le Grand Voyage". Après avoir retrouvé Jondalar, Ayla décide à contrecoeur de quitter les Mamutoïs qui ont su l'accepter malgré ses différences pour suivre son compagnon jusque dans son propre peuple, les Zélandoniis. Mais ces derniers vivent de l'autre côté du continent et c'est un long voyage qui les attend. D'avancées en avancées et de rencontres en rencontres, Ayla va beaucoup apprendre sur les Autres, leurs coutumes, leur art de vivre, mais aussi leurs défauts, leurs préjugés et leur intolérance parfois. Difficile de juger ce volume. Je l'aime bien dans le fond. Il s'y passe des choses palpitantes et on en apprend décidément beaucoup plus sur l'univers de ces peuples de la préhistoire et sur les fabuleuses inventions qu'ils ont développées pour rendre leur quotidien plus confortable. Cependant, il y a des redondances avec les autres tomes, mais aussi en son sein même. Les rencontres avec les différents peuples tendent à se ressembler (surprise / méfiance / présentation / Ayla fait quelque chose d'extraordinaire / tout le monde l'adore / tout le monde veut la garder). Et les passages de voyage sont d'une monotonie qui certes, mime le trajet des personnages, mais à la longue ça devient vite lassant. Les personnages eux-mêmes commencent à montrer leurs limites, Ayla avec sa perfection qui ne connaît qu'une ou deux failles dans toute l'intrigue, Jondalar avec son côté parfois arrogant et surtout casse-pied à tout le temps répéter qu'il faut se dépêcher pour pouvoir traverser le glacier à temps. Ça et les descriptions incessantes et encore une fois redondantes du paysage... Alors après, ça reste une histoire formidable, portée par un souffle unique qui permet de relativiser ces défauts. Mais ce volume reste, à mes yeux, l'un des moins réussis de la saga, sans doute parce que son intrigue première (le voyage) demeure très linéaire. Une bonne lecture tout de même, pleine de nostalgie et de bons souvenirs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    "While I did enjoy this book as a continuation of the series, and for the information about medicinal plants and survival techniques, it definitely was too heavy on description and too light on plot. I found myself skimming pages at a time, looking for the action to start up again after a much-too-long passage about mammoths, or verdant valleys, or karst landscapes.[return][return]It was nice to revisit the characters from The Valley of Horses, but this book needed a better editor." "While I did enjoy this book as a continuation of the series, and for the information about medicinal plants and survival techniques, it definitely was too heavy on description and too light on plot. I found myself skimming pages at a time, looking for the action to start up again after a much-too-long passage about mammoths, or verdant valleys, or karst landscapes.[return][return]It was nice to revisit the characters from The Valley of Horses, but this book needed a better editor."

  3. 5 out of 5

    denudatio_pulpae

    Ayla i Jondalar wybierają się w daleką drogę, do rodzinnych stron mężczyzny. Oznacza to, że będziemy przerabiać dokładną powtórkę z rozrywki z poprzednich części. Nie pojawi się absolutnie nic nowego, co mogłoby odświeżyć naszą historię. Będzie za to co chwila tłumaczenie wszystkiego, co wydarzyło się w poprzednich książkach - od wychowania Ayli przez Klan, przez wytwarzanie miotacza oszczepów czy krzesanie ognia, po oswojenie zwierząt włącznie. Ileż można czytać o tym samym! Ja rozumiem, że ten Ayla i Jondalar wybierają się w daleką drogę, do rodzinnych stron mężczyzny. Oznacza to, że będziemy przerabiać dokładną powtórkę z rozrywki z poprzednich części. Nie pojawi się absolutnie nic nowego, co mogłoby odświeżyć naszą historię. Będzie za to co chwila tłumaczenie wszystkiego, co wydarzyło się w poprzednich książkach - od wychowania Ayli przez Klan, przez wytwarzanie miotacza oszczepów czy krzesanie ognia, po oswojenie zwierząt włącznie. Ileż można czytać o tym samym! Ja rozumiem, że ten zabieg ma za zadanie ułatwić zrozumienie książki temu, kto nie czyta serii po kolei, lub natrafił na ten tom przypadkowo, ale zupełnie mnie obchodzi komfort czytelników, którzy nie czytają serii w kolejności. Mnie to strasznie męczy. Zresztą, ponawiane opisy w/w elementów opowieści, to nie jedyne momenty, w których przewracałam kartki w poszukiwaniu dalszej historii. Mam już absolutnie dość koncepcyjnych i antykoncepcyjnych rozważań Ayli oraz wilgotnych fałd, rozkosznych półkul, głębokich studni i gorliwych trzonów. Tylko płonących konarów brakuje. Myślę, że twórcy reklam o tej tematyce mogliby się wiele nauczyć z tych książek. Ugaś swój płonący konar w głębokiej, wilgotnej studni! Nie. Można opisywać te aspekty relacji damsko-męskich w bardziej subtelny sposób. Oczywiście jak już twórca opisywać takie rzeczy musi, bo inaczej się udusi. Jak dla mnie, co już wcześniej zaznaczałam, w tej serii jest to zbędne. Podsumowując - im głębiej w las, tym więcej konarów. 5/10

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blythe Pelham

    Once again, I keep this book (and series) extremely high with my marks. Though the repetition of information is finally getting tiresome to my high retention brain, I so thoroughly love and identify with the main character that there are times I feel that I'm reading my own biography (and, no. I'm not being facetious). This fourth book in the series had a lot more adventure and action because it was sent with the long journey home as the backdrop. I liked the diverse situations we were able to e Once again, I keep this book (and series) extremely high with my marks. Though the repetition of information is finally getting tiresome to my high retention brain, I so thoroughly love and identify with the main character that there are times I feel that I'm reading my own biography (and, no. I'm not being facetious). This fourth book in the series had a lot more adventure and action because it was sent with the long journey home as the backdrop. I liked the diverse situations we were able to experience along the way. It would be interesting to read an abridged copy of this series since it is complete. I think a lot of the repetition could be culled out to make this an even more riveting piece of work.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana Shaffner

    The Plains of Passage is an entertaining read, though overall slow moving story. The author describes the landscapes and plant life of the times in ways to allow the reader to envision what the land may have looked like so long ago. The book is a quiet story without any one particularly exciting dramatic point.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josianne Lampron

    3.5⭐ Depuis ma découverte de cette série, j'ai toujours aimé le détail et la liaison entre les livres que l'auteur a fait. Cependant, dans le tome 4.1, je trouve redondant les retours en arrière comme si nous n'avions pas lu les tomes précédent et l'abondance de détails qui alourdi la lecture. L'histoire reste malgré tout exceptionnelle et intriguante. 3.5⭐ Depuis ma découverte de cette série, j'ai toujours aimé le détail et la liaison entre les livres que l'auteur a fait. Cependant, dans le tome 4.1, je trouve redondant les retours en arrière comme si nous n'avions pas lu les tomes précédent et l'abondance de détails qui alourdi la lecture. L'histoire reste malgré tout exceptionnelle et intriguante.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Goldie Herechuk

    This story was boring until half way through it. I almost decided not to read the rest when half way through it started to get really interesting and found I could not put it down. Too bad the first half of the book was very predictable and boring. This part maybe should have been summarized into 20 pages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nessie

    Eagerly waited the release of this back when it first came out. My husband lost me for days while I read it. Love this series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Nelson

    One talented cave girl.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I was pleasantly surprised by the adventures in this book. I did get through this book pretty quickly since I skipped a lot of the detailed descriptions and the cave sex.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cédric

    La première moitié est très répétitive et ennuyante. Elle donne le goût d’arrêter de lire la série au complet. Cependant, la deuxième moitié est plus intéressante et incite à poursuivre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne Gering

    Très bien

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Très bon. La suite de leur voyage:) il y a bcp de description du paysage, je lit en diagonale un peu mais l’histoire est agréable, facile à lire et péripétie entraînante qui fait qu’on décroche pas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    Review: The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel. This is the fourth book to Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children Series. The reason I enjoy this series is because it was so long ago that I read it that I wanted to read the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar from a different viewpoint. I love adventure, the Stone Age era, the characters, their culture, and the creative way things where made back then. Jean Auel gives so much research information of that era that just fascinates me. The writing is very descript Review: The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel. This is the fourth book to Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children Series. The reason I enjoy this series is because it was so long ago that I read it that I wanted to read the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar from a different viewpoint. I love adventure, the Stone Age era, the characters, their culture, and the creative way things where made back then. Jean Auel gives so much research information of that era that just fascinates me. The writing is very descriptive and that has always been a highlight in her books. Some of the environment descriptions are a bit too much at times but that’s what kept me turning the pages. This book starts out with Jondalar and Ayla taking a long journey across many miles of treacherous terrain while heading back to Jondalar’s home, the People of the Zelandonii’s. They headed west to get back to the Great Mother River which they followed all the way to the west end. Along the way they met several different types of people, many were friendly, and they made new friends. They also came across some trouble with another group of people who were led by a female xenia-type warrior leader who hated men and kept them in a cage like structure with little food, less water and no warm clothing for the winter months. These men were so abused that they were dying off slowly day by day. Plus, Jondalar was one of her captives for a while until Ayla spoilt of the women’s barbaric events when she rode into the S’Armunai camp on horseback to rescue Jondalar. There was more to that scene which was interesting and Ayla justified the events their leader was holding over her group of women warriors. In between some of the adventurous there were some graphic scenes of Ayla and Jondalar having what they called Pleasures….Within other scenes Ayla was considered a healer and helped many people along the way. It was amazing that back then they used datura, wormwood, and chamomile which I even heard my grandmother used during her lifetime. It’s a good story with a feeling of being part of it covering human issues that would not go away, being forgotten, bigotry, hatred, weakness, honor, love and the whole host of human conditions and how they started….. The ending was a special surprise…..!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Herman Labuschagne

    The compelling story continues to make the reader personally involved with the characters. The characters seem alive and real. It doesn't matter that the story is supposed to be set more than 10,000 years ago. Modern readers relate perfectly to how they are portrayed. They feel like people we should know in real life - people we would WANT to know... Well-written considering that the author can hold attention after such an exhaustive set of detailed descriptions and repetitions of sections in the The compelling story continues to make the reader personally involved with the characters. The characters seem alive and real. It doesn't matter that the story is supposed to be set more than 10,000 years ago. Modern readers relate perfectly to how they are portrayed. They feel like people we should know in real life - people we would WANT to know... Well-written considering that the author can hold attention after such an exhaustive set of detailed descriptions and repetitions of sections in the previous books. I would have preferred more maps and less topographical descriptions as it demands a lot of concentration to paint a mental picture. This detracts somewhat from the enjoyment of the plot. The ways and habits of the animals are masterfully described - especially that of Wolf, who becomes a lovable character in his own right in this volume. Most seem to agree that the romantic scenes are exceeding the boundaries of good taste. I skipped paragraphs and sometimes entire pages, but still enjoyed the story immensely. It transports the reader with vivid clarity and probably a fair degree of accuracy into a world which no longer exists. A world which nobody has seen. And yet, a world which we are still connected to. Very well worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hollars

    It was just okay. In the middle things get kind of exciting when they meet a tribe of man hating women, but then they solve the problem and move on. The whole book seems to be about them moving across Europe solving everyone's problems and saving the day. I was really upset the Ayla didn't go back and check on her son before going home with Jondalar, and what about all of the weird dreams she kept having, why didn't any of those become more important in the end? They finally get over the iceberg It was just okay. In the middle things get kind of exciting when they meet a tribe of man hating women, but then they solve the problem and move on. The whole book seems to be about them moving across Europe solving everyone's problems and saving the day. I was really upset the Ayla didn't go back and check on her son before going home with Jondalar, and what about all of the weird dreams she kept having, why didn't any of those become more important in the end? They finally get over the iceberg and to Jondalar's father's house/cave/group where lives a very old man that crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic with is wife. Why they couldn't ask him about why Ayla's original parents might be based on where she ended up with the Clan I cannot say. I feel like the author missed a really big chance to bring us back to Ayla's beginning in this book, I can only hope the last two books answer my questions about her origin, her parents, and her son before the series ends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Sutton

    I have found that Jean Auel has been instrumental in helping me to appreciate the pre-history that pre dated our Native American tribes even though this story takes place on a different continent. His fiction based on archaeological findings is presented in such a way that you never know you are learning something very important. All of Jean's books are that way and I value every one. I have tried to read every one of Jean's books and have come away with a better knowledge of history and pre his I have found that Jean Auel has been instrumental in helping me to appreciate the pre-history that pre dated our Native American tribes even though this story takes place on a different continent. His fiction based on archaeological findings is presented in such a way that you never know you are learning something very important. All of Jean's books are that way and I value every one. I have tried to read every one of Jean's books and have come away with a better knowledge of history and pre history than I ever learned in school with little or no pain of boredom whatsoever. I only wish to emulate Jean's excellent style in my own books. Kitty Sutton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Skyemberr

    Thi is the second time I have read this series. I am reading it again to try to catch up so I can read he new book she finally put out! Up until this particular book I would give all of the books 4.5 stars. So far this one is a bit slow because they are traveling endlessly next to a river and having lots of sex, while nothing much else goes on. I Will probably write another review in a day or two when I finish this book. Update: I finished this book and it did have a nice twist at the end that spe Thi is the second time I have read this series. I am reading it again to try to catch up so I can read he new book she finally put out! Up until this particular book I would give all of the books 4.5 stars. So far this one is a bit slow because they are traveling endlessly next to a river and having lots of sex, while nothing much else goes on. I Will probably write another review in a day or two when I finish this book. Update: I finished this book and it did have a nice twist at the end that sped the book up considerably! Worth reading to get through to the Shelters of Stone which was excellent.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olga Ryparová

    Má nejoblíbenější sága z dětství, četla jsem ji celkově 2x.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Good detail, interesting journey. I skip the scenery-describing, which can be quite lengthy, and go to the parts with people and action.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was my least favorite out of the series. It just kept going and there was really nothing in it for the length of the book that made me not want to put it down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Great series! Well Written!! Well researched!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I enjoyed it and found it a fun story. I did get tired of them always sharing pleasures and just skipped over that part. I look forward to reading the last book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Ruoss

  25. 4 out of 5

    Łukasz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane Burks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Wiederhold

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Barnett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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