- 出版社: University of California Press; Revised (1995年9月29日)
- 平装: 280页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0520202775
- 条形码: 9780520202771
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
- 商品重量: 318 g
- ASIN: 0520202775
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Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age 平装 – 1995年9月29日
"There is drama here--probably the greatest drama and the greatest puzzle of our history: the nature, the phenomenon, of the extinction of Neandertal man. This is in every respect an extraordinary novel. Stephen Jay Gould, a Harvard scientist and scientific historian, contributes and appreciative and most useful introduction."--"The New Yorker
Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould A Challenge to the Reader PART ONE: VEYDE PART TWO: SHELK PART THREE: TIGER Author's Note
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The Whites (Neandertal) and Blacks (Cro Magnon) coexist in relative piece with, of course, exceptions. The major exception in this case is a pair of twins, each of whom calls himself "Shelk" (named for a huge elk-like creature) who makes war on the Neandertal (thought of as "Trolls").
The book was published in 1980, predating the sentimental "Clan of the Cave Bear" (which owes much to this book). Kurten had access to all of the scientific thinking of the time, but he allowed himself to speculate as well. As a result, the Neandertal is a far more diverse and intelligent race than was portrayed before, and science in time proved Kurten right on all counts. Yes, there were blonde and red-headed Neandertal, and likely there were matriarchal clans.
Kurten does a magnificent job incorporating the fauna and landscape, something with which most authors struggle. Is there anything more dull than, for example, lengthy descriptions of varieties of trees, or flocks of birds of which you have never heard? In Kurten's hands, the landscape is active, a friend and a foe, and birds become portents both good and evil. Not a line is wasted.
Have read all the treatments of this subject. This is absolutely ahead of the pack, with JH Rosny's "Quest for Fire" a worthy second.
To criticize - I would say the plot for me, despite its crafting, was fairly predictable. Ironically, more attention was given to weaving it than to providing complexity in the many minor characters, who seemed almost contrived to serve the plot. I also ended up doubting the model attempted by the author to solve the overriding mystery (would people continue this practice once the result quickly became evident, and where then are the commingled bones?).
What do we take home? Something very nice. We are allowed to imagine a past where there are two very different types of intelligent peoples interacting, who each see the world clearly, and perhaps even more directly than do we, and further, who are in a more immediate way involved in forging the future. I recommend it as highly enjoyable and entertaining read.
Get the version if possible with the introduction by Steve Jay Gould. It is a brilliantly written piece. Gould raises these points: The encounter between the Neandertal (no longer believed primitive and brutish) and Homo sapiens was unprecedented in the history of Earth - never before had two such alien peoples encountered each other. Second - that the sort of tale Kurten tells is the best way for a scientist to layout such speculation - such a novel is the most productive way to explore exploratory science.