During much of their journey, they follow the course of the Great Mother River the Danube or Donau from its delta at the Black Sea to its headwaters in present-day Germany. Along the way, Jondalar became skilled at controlling Racer , and he continued to refine the lighter spears that he used with the spear-thrower that he had invented in the The Valley of Horses. Book art by Geoff Taylor. Jondalar was focused on reaching the glacier in time. If they did not reach it before spring, it would be too dangerous to cross the glacier, and they would be forced to take a detour through Clan territory.
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In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla. With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla s Jean M.
With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearths of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers.
Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them.
But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published June 25th by Bantam first published More Details Original Title.
Earth's Children 4. Ayla , Jondalar. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Plains of Passage , please sign up. I was told that I could read this one and not loose anything from the other books Christine Hiney I think each book could stand alone.
But I agree that you should start with clan of the cave bear. In my opinion The valley of the horses and the mamm …more I think each book could stand alone. In my opinion The valley of the horses and the mammoth hunters were the best books of the series.
But they are all enjoyable. The author does back story for readers that read them out of order. Which helps but you have a better clarity if you read them in order. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [This books is like reading a slow hike through the mountains with a history professor telling you about every tree and flower.
Not a good read unless you're invested in the characters. Keidra Scott I agree to the fullest. Wonderfully put. You said exactly how I felt. If I had not been invested in the series I would have placed this book down in t …more I agree to the fullest. If I had not been invested in the series I would have placed this book down in the early chapters.
It was slow and full of fillers. See all 4 questions about The Plains of Passage…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. During the Ice Age when temperatures plummeted and the two human races a few scattered nomads, desperately struggled to survive the big freeze, in future Europe there was no love lost between them.
Competition may be fun in sports and other contests of muscle or brain, but slow starvation is no joy, neither is becoming hard as a rock though made of flesh once. Our great ancestors if any other form of humans still exist, excuse me , would undoubtedly consider the Neanderthal, roaming beasts and During the Ice Age when temperatures plummeted and the two human races a few scattered nomads, desperately struggled to survive the big freeze, in future Europe there was no love lost between them.
Our great ancestors if any other form of humans still exist, excuse me , would undoubtedly consider the Neanderthal, roaming beasts and they the first inhabitants think us the interlopers, devils for sure after all living , years is quite an accomplishment in this captivating, exotic paradise nevertheless in fact a treacherous territory, the hairy men had a right to that opinion I think Jondalar misses his family wants to go home, Ayla has none and will follow The endless journey of discovery, meeting bands of interesting people, especially pretty women, he All the fascinating unseen before tools and weapons, to abide in the constant harsh atmosphere of the land of the blue glaciers , just to see another sunrise no place for the weak.
Ayla and Jondalar find better, easier ways of hunting and fishing, so they will not become extinct. Still it starts to get tiring, the years slowly pass. The amorous duo, Ayla and Jondalar have many cold rivers to cross, the distinguished Danube in particular as a guide, with the magnificent huge sturgeon fish swimming graceful below the surface, traveling west the wet waters are painful down to the bone, mountains to climb, the mind chilling traversing of an awe- inspiring glacier too, with their menagerie of two horses they ride and a wolf, Ayla's precious pets who also likes to hunt as much as the lovers You can image how frightened strangers are seeing what looks like humans on top of a horse, impossible, arriving Quite an adventurous trip, for anyone inclined to learn about cavemen in the very distant days of the impressive Mammoths stomping the plains of southern Europe.
You will soon begin after reading a few pages to feel the frigid weather, as the relentless blizzards hit and soak the skins of the indomitable couple, to crush them but they go on, the numerous exotic creatures long gone eating in the vast grasslands, some dangerous others only beautiful and peaceful.
Weird plants, gigantic trees gaudy flowers View all 6 comments. Summary: Ayla and Jondalar travel to his homeland. Oh, you wanted me to be a bit more specific? Summary: Ayla and Jondalar head out to his homeland because while Ayla is supposed to sacrifice her newfound family, the Mamutoi, Jondalar can whine and complain to get what he wants.
They stumble upon Mammoths having sex, the Sharmudoi and the Ramudoi who almost immediately induct Ayla into their clan, a group of Femi-Nazis aka, what many conservatives think Feminists are , a couple of Clan pe Summary: Ayla and Jondalar travel to his homeland.
They stumble upon Mammoths having sex, the Sharmudoi and the Ramudoi who almost immediately induct Ayla into their clan, a group of Femi-Nazis aka, what many conservatives think Feminists are , a couple of Clan people, the Losadunai, and Jondalar's sister's people whoever the hell they are.
In the meantime, Ayla and Jondalar cross rivers, have lots of sex, chase after their damn animals, and talk about where babies come from actually, it's Jondalar doing a lot of the wondering where babies come from--Ayla must have FINALLY come to grips with it. NOTE: I listened to this on audiobook and am a super lazy person, so I am not even bothering with getting all the new names of peoples and places correct.
This book is a perfect example of what happens when you write a novel and don't have a plot to fill it. The book becomes just a volume of people going here and there, bumping into random tribes for the hell of it, and studying in excruciatingly textbook detail the flora, fauna, and biosphere. In some ways, this book is actually an improvement over the in my opinion dismal "Mammoth Hunters". We don't have any stupid Big Misunderstandings, we get to meet a lot of new peoples and customs, and journey stories are some of my favorites.
Journey stories are inherently tough and not everyone is going to like them. I think a good journey story is more than just Character X has to get to Point B. By the time the character reaches the end of the journey, something should have been learned, characters should grow, knowledge should be gained. None of that happens in this journey. At the end of the book, Ayla and Jondalar are the same vapid, 1-Dimensional Mary Sue and Marty Stu they were when they started this book.
Ayla is perfect in every way; every man wants to tumble in the furs with her, she is the most gorgeous woman ANYONE has ever seen and EVERYONE will let you know it , everything she does is perfect and wonderful, she can win over people who hate the Clan and anyone associated with it, she can heal a rape victim with a few sympathetic words, she can save a village from Femi-Nazis but come out without having shed ANY blood, she teaches people how to sew a skill that apparently NO ONE ELSE is capable of learning , and she can get ANY tribe to almost immediately want to have her join their clan.
If Ayla has a flaw, it is the "I don't realize how beautiful I am" curse yes, even after all this time with Jondalar and the bajillion men saying how gorgeous she is, Ayla still thinks she is "Big and Ugly". Or the "I have to save someone no matter the cost" but don't worry--unlike in "Clan of the Cave Bear" where Ayla wasn't able to save someone, Ayla never has that problem here!
Both of them are Mary Sue checkmarks in my book. What makes Ayla more irritating in my book isn't her Mary Sue qualities although, damn, they were enough to make me want to hit something.
She even jokes, "Well, I belong to you, don't I? I am sick and tired of reading about a woman who subjects herself to a man and lets him make all the decisions.
And Ayla, who is a strong, independent, competent woman, has done that. She wanted to stay with the Mamutoi, her adopted people. But Jondalar whined so she left with him for HIS people. She wanted to stay with the Ramudoi and the Shamudoi, but again, Jondalar whined and Ayla followed him. Time and again, Ayla wants one thing and Jondalar complains. He usually gets his way the only exception is with the animals--why can't Ayla have that same stubborn attitude in other things???
The Plains of Passage
Look Inside. Jean M. In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla. With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey—away from the welcoming hearths of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers. Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them.
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children #4)
The Plains of Passage is an historical fiction novel by Jean M. Auel published in During this journey, Ayla meets the various peoples who live along their line of march. These meetings, the attitudes and beliefs of these groups, and Ayla's response form an essential part of the story. Characters range in description from innocent to bloodthirsty, from serious to comical, from noble to corrupt, from found to lost, and from peaceful to violent. All of these adjectives apply in some way to either Jondalar or Ayla.