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The Last Neanderthal From the author of The Bear the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia but linked by an epic journey that will transform them bothForty thousand years in the past the last family of

  • Title: The Last Neanderthal
  • Author: ClaireCameron
  • ISBN: 9780316314480
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them bothForty thousand years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to traveFrom the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them bothForty thousand years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women s lives Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, THE LAST NEANDERTHAL asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

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    1. Fran on said:

      Paleoarchaeologist Dr. Rosemund Gale, working on a dig in present day France, makes an astonishing discovery. She unearths fossilized bones of a Neanderthal girl and a modern day man, facing each other, and buried in the same strata. Radioactive dating indicates that the Neanderthal and the Homo Sapien co-existed, perhaps forming a loving relationship. Rose had discovered a Neanderthal girl 40,000 years after her death. Taking a leave of absence from her tenure track teaching post, Rose intended [...]

    2. karen on said:

      i was a terrible online book club participant - i did all of the assigned reading, sure, but i only showed up to respond to one round of questions, after which point i just read everyone else’s responses like some ghostly book club lurker. i didn’t even drink any wine, which should make up at least 40% of book club activity. my failure was one part down to me transitioning from a dayjob person to a nightjob person - with all the attendant physical and psychological horrors, and not having th [...]

    3. Diane S ☔ on said:

      France, a female archeologist finds the bones of two people, the bones displayed as if they are looking at each other at the time of their deaths. A very important discovery as it turns out because one of the skeletons is a female Neanderthal and the other a male homo sapiens. This is a cleverly constructed book, as we go back to the time of the Neanderthal and our author reimagines a time when they were living. She uses a family, a mother, a girl, a boy and another boy, and a young boy that the [...]

    4. Jeanette on said:

      It's 2.5 stars, but I just can't round it up. The ancient portion is too simplistic and inaccurate for being put into a "scientific" context to the present day story. And the present day story is just off and IMHO, poorly written in characterizations. It's similar to a YA level account of being a late thirties age pregnant woman who holds a PhD but which is put into the words and emotions of a teenager rather half denying the reality of outcome for her pregnancy. And the emotional and realistic [...]

    5. Book Riot Community on said:

      I couldn’t stop thinking about this book after I put it down. Telling the parallel stories of Rosamund Gale, a present-day archaeologist uncovering the find of her career, and Girl, a Neanderthal woman coming of age centuries before her, this novel explores how humans are linked—by DNA, by history, and by shared experiences—to our Neanderthal relatives. The scenes set 40,000 years in the past sing with urgency and tension as Girl tries to survive on her own in an unforgiving landscape. Whi [...]

    6. Laura on said:

      I adored the idea of this book! I still think that the concept has merit, but unfortunately, I don’t think it was well-done.By far, the better sections of the book are those taking place in the distant past, and perhaps this is because we don’t know anything about how those characters would be, and whether or not they are realistic. They still felt fresh and interesting. . . unfortunately, the book description reveals where the plot will take us FIFTY PERCENT INTO THE NOVEL, so the suspense [...]

    7. Carol (Bookaria) on said:

      “Words could be empty. It was the return of a gesture that held meaning”― Claire Cameron, The Last Neanderthal: A NovelThis story alternates between the present-day life of an archeologist who found the remains of a neanderthal and the life 40,000 years ago of a neanderthal family. The book is very interesting, the modern-day scientist is the main character of the present-day timeline and describes theories about neanderthal lives and processes related to archeology findings. The "Girl" is [...]

    8. Bandit on said:

      Recent science has been rethinking the way we're originally perceived out distant relatives, indeed related if only by a small margins due to the long ago crossbreeding of their species with homo sapiens. This book does more than rethink, it vividly reimagines the Neanderthals as all too sentient, intelligent and able individuals. While that portrayal might be viewed as too steeped in anthropomorphism, it's nevertheless very compelling, as the book follows one young Neanderthal girl's journey. T [...]

    9. Nancy on said:

      In her new novel, The Last Neanderthal, Claire Cameron draws on new scientific information to recreate the world when our human ancestors and Neanderthals coexisted. Of course, DNA sequencing of Neanderthals has proven that they are also part of our ancestral heritage. No longer can we imagine that human superiority overcame an animalistic, inferior group. So what then did cause the extinction of the Neanderthal population?In this novel, Girl is part of a small family group that just survives, l [...]

    10. Martie Nees Record on said:

      Pub. Date: April 25, 2017Publisher: Little, Brown, and CompanyThis is a novel about the makings of the female species. There are two female protagonists. One lives in the present and the other lives forty thousand years ago. The author, Claire Cameron, weaves the two females’ very different lives together in flashbacks and flash-forwards. Cameron writes her novel as if it is a thesis, with a theory that needs to be proved. Her hypothesis is that our ancestors were strikingly similar to the hum [...]

    11. Sumaiyya on said:

      Full review is on my blog Sumaiyya Reads: sumaiyyareads.wordpress/2This book follows two characters separated by 40,000 years. One is a prehistoric Neanderthal Girl, the daughter of one of the last families of Neanderthals. The other is Rose, an archaeologist who discovers Neanderthal remains that she's excavating. Both are connected with their shared experience of pregnancy. I really enjoyed reading this unique concept and I think this novel has two really strong threads; the first being the co [...]

    12. Sonja Arlow on said:

      About 20km from my house is the Cradle of Humankind, the place where some of the oldest human remains reside. With a recent new discovery of a well-preserved skull of the Homo Naledi species the interest in this subject matter was all over the media.So when I saw this book it seemed like the perfect time to delve into pre-historic fiction. The story of Girl and her family trying to survive 40,000 years ago was an interesting one. The author clearly tried her best to make the imagined life of the [...]

    13. Karen on said:

      I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for a review. The story begins with Girl and the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. When her family dies, Girl is left to care for Runt a young boy with unknown history that her family adopted. Rose, running an archaeological dig finds the bones of a Neanderthal laying beside and facing the bones of a Homo sapien. When Rose discovers knows is pregnant, she endeavors to complete her work at the dig before she is forced to surrender the disc [...]

    14. Krista on said:

      The two skeletons looking into each other's eyes will stop people dead in their tracks. All we need to say is that one is a modern human and the other is Neanderthale two skeletons suggested a deeper relationship that could live in the realm of everyone's imagination.Imagine this picture of the “Valdaro Lovers” – included at the end of The Last Neanderthal and cited as inspiration for author Claire Cameron – but instead of it being two human skeletons, what if it was that of a Homo Sapie [...]

    15. Jennifer on said:

      really enjoyed this book. currently discussing in an online book club throughout september, so won't say much now. curious how/if my feelings with change through talking about the book this month?

    16. Susan on said:

      Full disclosure: I am a female and an archaeologist, although prehistory is not my area of expertise. I found this look into the psyche of a young Neanderthal woman fascinating and touching. I am aware of recent research into the possibility that Neanderthals had a much more complex culture than they have historically been given credit for. If the recent popularity of home DNA/ancestry tests has given us anything really interesting it is the fact that many people have some Neanderthal ancestors [...]

    17. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      Excellent. Beautifully imagined and paced. Entirely immersive. Gripping ending. Primal and elemental and female. Loved it.______________________ETA: After the first flush of finishing this novel, having read it inside of eight hours, I still think it is very strong but maybe wouldn't be as breathlessly prolific in my superlatives as I was above.Its strength is in the story-telling - really, two stories - which come together at the end in a dramatic and, I found, really compelling way. There is n [...]

    18. Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews on said:

      I’ve always enjoyed a good historical book, usually the older the better. Well, with The Last Neanderthal, I’ve gone pre-historic. Claire Cameron’s story bounces back and forth between Girl, our Neanderthal protagonist, and Rosamund Gale, and archaeologist excavating a groundbreaking site.Whenever I immerse myself in a book like this, one that starts quoting numbers and percentages, I ask myself, does the author have the science right? In the end, it’s a work of fiction, make it convinci [...]

    19. Kiki on said:

      Pre-hIstorical fiction! The setting is France: pre-historic and contemporary. Cameron gives life to Girl, a young neanderthal woman living with her very small family in the mountains of what we now know is France. And Rose, a British archaeologist who is also pregnant and unsure abut what her every next move will be, is all consumed with the discovery of a neanderthal skeleton and a modern day human skeleton that were found fossilized together. The two women are soon on a parallel journey that w [...]

    20. Kelsi H on said:

      Please read all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!The Last Neanderthal is an innovative new novel from the author of The Bear. Once again, Cameron uses a haunting, unexpected voice to tell a story that explores what it means to be human, particularly as a woman. This novel connects two women who are separated by 40,000 years – and yet they both face the same struggles and taboos as they attempt to reconcile motherhood with their own desires.Thousands of years ago, in what is now France, Girl is [...]

    21. Girl Well Read on said:

      A special thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Being a Canadian, I always like to read and review Canadian authors. I read Cameron's The Bear for a book club selection, I didn't love it, but I was eager to give her another chance. An interesting premise—Cameron juxtaposes the last Neanderthal family against a parallel modern-day storyline. Initially I was unsure, Neanderthals? After finishing The Last Neandertha [...]

    22. Angélique (MapleBooks) on said:

      Rating: 3.5Have you seen movie The Quest For Fire (1981)? It features a group of prehistoric humans trying to re-acquire fire after they lost it in a battle. Their language is rudimentary and they mostly act like beasts. Although the movie claimed—not without some controversy—to reflect the research of the time, it was based on a novel written by J.-H. Rosny in… 1909! By and large, the perception of archaic humans had barely changed in seventeen years.Maybe this helps to put in perspective [...]

    23. Luanne Ollivier on said:

      The Last Neanderthal is the newly released third book from Claire Cameron. Each book from Cameron has been completely different from the last. This latest springs from Cameron's fascination with Neanderthals.Research has shown that some modern humans have inherited 1- 4% of their DNA from Neanderthals, indicating that 'rather than a more evolved version of Neanderthals, we are close cousins."The Last Neanderthal is Cameron's imagining of that time - the end of the Neanderthals and the beginning [...]

    24. Amber on said:

      This book is not for me. I don't want to read a book where characters call themselves Girl when there's so little time in the world, regardless of how historically accurate this is. Maybe I'll return to this one day, but for now I am wholly not interested.Thank you to Netgalley for providing a copy. I look forward to one day reading a Cameron book, but I think The Bear would be better suited to my predilections.

    25. Tracy Thomas on said:

      I rate this book a solid five stars.To be honest, I was sent this book by Little Brown Book Company, as I am one of their book ambassadors. Because of that I was sent this one to read and review. I hadn't heard much about it at that point. However upon reading the synopsis, I knew it was going to be the first one I read out of the 4 books they sent. I am so glad I picked this one up.This book was breathtakingly beautiful, as well as utterly tragic. It showed what both Girl and Rose had to do to [...]

    26. Penny (Literary Hoarders) on said:

      3.5 starsStrong opening, strong ending. I read this for the Riffle Book Club, and thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for sending the ARC copy! (no, I didn't read to the schedule - I think reading it over the full 4 weeks of September would have taken away from its strength of seeing how the split narrative joined forces.

    27. Maureen Tumenas on said:

      Thanks to NetGalley and to Little, Brown and Company for the preview copy of this book.This was a very different story than I had anticipated. I had thoughts of an archeological dig, with all the movie melodrama that entails. Instead, this was a very curiously moving story of the present day archaeologist juxtaposed with the Neanderthal Girl. The similarities were striking. What does family mean? What is the role of the provider? How can history inform us of these facts or in some cases misinfor [...]

    28. Lindy on said:

      The narratives we choose to construct around Neanderthals and how those narratives have changed over time fascinate me because they're usually semi-veiled ways of talking about race and racism, so that's why I read this book. And on that level The Last Neanderthal certainly provides plenty of material worth discussing. I wouldn't describe my reading experience as fun though.Perhaps because I was already reading this allegorically and because most things we think we know about Neanderthals have b [...]

    29. Laura Frey (Reading in Bed) on said:

      Were my expectations too high? Am I disappointed because this story of traumatic birth and postpartum depression didn't speak directly to me in the way I wanted? Are these dumb reasons to dislike a book?Yes yes and yes. It has real flaws too - don't read this too close to reading Possession, which has a similar, "modern-day academic gets too close to their historical research subject" plot, but does it a hundred times better. But "you're not as good as AS Byatt" is not really that harsh who the [...]

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