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The Gathering Night An utterly enchanting prehistorical novel set deep in our Stone Age past, but resonating as a parable of our troubled planet , years on an ecoparable, family saga, and Stone Age adventure in oneBetween Grandmother Mountain and the cold sea, Alaia and her family live off the land but when one of her brothers goes hunting and never returns, the fragile balance of life is upset Half starved and maddened with grief, Alaia s mother follows her visions and goes in search of her lost son When a stranger from a rival tribe appears on their hearth seeking shelter, they wonder if his stories of a great wave and a people perished are to be believed What else could drive a man to travel alone between tribes in the depths of winter Hopes of resolution come when Alaia s mother returns home as a Go Between, one able to commune with the spirits But as all the Auk people come to get her for their annual Gathering Night, who there will listen to the voice of a woman This is a compelling, genre busting story of conflict, loss, love, adventure, and devastating natural disasters It s not fast paced but it is really engaging The story is told from the viewpoint of several narrators sitting round the camp fire during the Mesolithic era in Scotland And these are indeed different people but they speak with a collective voice which illustrates the communal nature of their existence There is a little repetition of scenes from these different viewpoints but it all builds quite nicely They depend on one another, on their Go Betweens, and the animals that provide for them T It s not fast paced but it is really engaging The story is told from the viewpoint of several narrators sitting round the camp fire during the Mesolithic era in Scotland And these are indeed different people but they speak with a collective voice which illustrates the communal nature of their existence There is a little repetition of scenes from these different viewpoints but it all builds quite nicely They depend on one another, on their Go Betweens, and the animals that provide for them These early hunter gatherers are depicted as being surprisingly sophisticated, civilised, caring and thoughtful They have their laws and their religion It s amusing the way they all refrain from being boastful, so as not to upset their spirit gods Brutishness between people is a rarity and violence is permitted only to address serious crimes But what happens when laws are broken and their Spirits are upset The story is well rounded, detailed, carefully constructed and absorbing I really enjoyed the trip into this one quite plausible construction of the distant past Wonderfully written and engaging story about the peoples who lived in mesolithic Scotland some 8,000 10,000 years ago Told from the points of view of the many different characters in the novel and it all worked well together This book emphasizes the profound connection that these prehistoric peoples had to the world around them, and sadly something I fear most of us no longer have. I should have liked this book It s well written, the plot is tight and clearly planned out no meandering or filler scenes here and it kicks off with a mystery and develops into a complex character drama On top of that, the book is thoroughly researched and the author utilises that knowledge to paint the details of Mesolithic life c 7000 BCE It sounds like just what has been missing from the other stone age novels I ve read But somehow I just couldn t get into it.I disagree with some of I should have liked this book It s well written, the plot is tight and clearly planned out no meandering or filler scenes here and it kicks off with a mystery and develops into a complex character drama On top of that, the book is thoroughly researched and the author utilises that knowledge to paint the details of Mesolithic life c 7000 BCE It sounds like just what has been missing from the other stone age novels I ve read But somehow I just couldn t get into it.I disagree with some of the author s interpretations or leaps over the factual gaps, but to be honest that wasn t what was holding me back Rather, it was the mode of story telling Characters in the book each have their own, alternating sections through which they recount events in first person past tense Although each adds something new, often they are retelling the same event but from different perspectives Personally, I just felt like there was too much re treading going on, and I was finding it soporific I pushed through it in the beginning, as the central mystery was prompting me onwards, but the author never actually goes anywhere with it view spoiler we never do find out what happened to Bakar hide spoiler and towards the end I had to force myself to get through it.It s a shame as I have been searching for a decent stone age novel for some time, and when I started the book it seemed so tightly written that I thought I d finally found it.6 out of 10 funny thing I had almost finished this book when I discovered there was an italian edition.Now, while I have no problems at all with reading books in english, of course I prefer reading in my mother tongue, if I can choose The tentation of headdesking was strong Then, I learned that the italian ebook costs 5 dollarsthan what I payed for the english one My mood lifted immediately At least, my purchase was motivated PAnyway I had been looking for another pre historical novel to read s funny thing I had almost finished this book when I discovered there was an italian edition.Now, while I have no problems at all with reading books in english, of course I prefer reading in my mother tongue, if I can choose The tentation of headdesking was strong Then, I learned that the italian ebook costs 5 dollarsthan what I payed for the english one My mood lifted immediately At least, my purchase was motivated PAnyway I had been looking for another pre historical novel to read since I gave up on Earth s children s saga, and this book was literally the first one available that I found looking through Goodread s suggestions With that I mean that the other novels that interested me were out of print, or unavailable on kindle anyway yes Reindeer moon, I am talking of you I ll own you some day, you can trust that Also, it was one of those whose plot caught my attention because it didn t seem to include some major romance and it had mystery in it Well I thank my spider senses for this choice, I ADORE this book I might also say I prefer it to Ms Auel s series First of all, no tvu lurv anyway the part after Ayla and Jondalar meet in VoH are my least favourite part of the book actually , and then..there was something in Elphinstone s description of the characters world, behaviour and culture that felt true Of course it s all speculation we know next to nothing on those people anyway , and the two sets of novels are set in different times mesolithic for this book, paleolitic for ms Auel s but something in Auel s mythology seem less and less authentical if confronted to what Elphinstone recreated there besidesto much sex in Auel s religion o.o.Anyway stage 2 here s the plot.It all starts with the disappearance of young Bakar He leaves his family father, mother Nekan , sisters Alaia and Haizea, Alaia s husband Amets to go hunting with his dog and he never returns back After his disappearance we soon get that he s very likely to be dead , his mother becomes a Go Between, a shaman, basically This is the first major event and first major mystery, of this story what happened to Bakar Then, another thing happens When the family arrives to one of their summer camps, they learn one of their cousins, Sendoa, has taken with him and his group a stranger, Kemen This man claims that he had to flee his homeland, the Linx people s territories, after a tsunami has wiped away his family All who survived were him, his brother Basajaun and a bunch of cousins Together,brothers and cousins, set off to reach the Auk s people lands the main characters tribe , where they had very distant cousins Basajaun and the others, during the way, chose not to reach for the Auks, but to stay among the heron people Kemen arrived to the Auks alone.At the following Gathering camp when all the auks from the various families meet for the big hunt , everyone is asking themselves if the spirits that destroyed linx people didn t follow Kemen among the Auks also becauseremember Bakar s death yeah, they question if bad spirits following Kemen didn t take Bakar with them Then, another mystery A girl, Osan , is found severly injuried Someone tried to choke her to death Nekan helps Osan to get better, and the Go Between ask Kamen to take her as his wife, enraging Osan s other suitor,Edur.But after this set of events, hunt starts to be difficult Meat is scarce, the animals won t give themselves to the people it s a sign that the spirits are enraged by something misterious that has to be solved and fixed, if the Auks want to survive.Now, what happens next is the tale of how those two misteries got solved at last, and of how things were fixed in the end I can t go further with the plot, or I ll spoil the story and I don t think you would like me to spoil it xDWhat I really liked, besides the world s building that was incredible, is that it s a choral narration Basically, the story is narrated by the main characters just as if you were there listening to them telling it around a fire that s what happens Basically, the main characters are telling, in turns, this story around a fire at gathering camp It s a very smart narration device, to me It gave evenauthenticity to the story, since for all the time of the narration we are in their very heads , we are part of the story We are characters too We are the children listening to the adults telling us a very important story And this made the whole world those characters lived in everbelievable and real to me.This is a big difference from the earth s children saga, where the narrator was often distant from the characters, telling us things from a modern POV what those prehistoric guys thought Besides, while the research work was no less accurate than earth s children, Elphinstone put her research into her work in asubtle way, than Auel, who sometimes got lost in showing us what she knew of pre history Here, the research is woven into the plot, advancing it instead of interrupting it to give us academical notions.The plot was kind of slow, actually Not too slow to spoil the thrill, or the whole book actually I liked that the rythm was not fast It gavetime to deepen the characters, and their everyday s lives which was very interesting And it make the conclusion of the story very very Climatic I have enjoyed the final scene A LOT I tell you, everything will be put in its right place and everything will make sense in the end And in a MAJESTIC way She was able to set a narrative rythm, slow, but a rythm anyway And I liked it A LOT.The characters are all very well characterized You can tell them apart by the way they speakeveryone differently, according to their personalities as it s supposed to be of course.I have enjoyed this book so much definitely a must read

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