|my old copy, my new copy|
The role of women is described in this passage: "In the beginning Ayla just followed Iza around and watched while they skinned animals, cured hides, stretched thongs cut in one spiral piece from a single hide, wove baskets, mats, or nets, gouged bowls our of logs, gathered wild foods, prepared meals, preserved meats and plant food for winter, and responded to the wishes of any man who called upon them to perform a service."
I find this book mesmerizing! I am reading it for the third time- aloud this time as we take advantage of the good weather to take day trips.
I would love to read through the whole series- six books! But they are long, descriptive books and take hours to complete. We may complete one book this summer. I know that the second book in the series has less plot and more description, but I would love to get to the later books that I have not read. The last book was just published in 2011- after a nine year wait. So it seems like a good idea to re-read the series, in order to fully appreciate the last book.
This series was a major undertaking! The author began research in 1977. Thirty-four years of work on this series! It was no surprise to learn that the author belongs to MENSA.