This novel on its appearance at once hit the public fancy in France and ran through forty editions.
In the fabulous time of the Mammouth and the Great Lion of the Caves, some twenty thousand, or perhaps some hundred thousand years ago, races of men, to-day extinct, lived upon the earth.
Monsieur Rosny, basing his vivid narrative upon all the findings of science, has found a way to reconstruct imaginatively, in the form of a novel of the passions and combats of this primitive age, the life of these pre-historic times.
As with much of Kipling's work this book will cast its spell alike upon young and old.H. S. K.
Aoun, son of Urus, was tall and strong and delighted in the hunt. His courage was legion and his strength formidable, but he had a strange weakness that the other Oulhamr tribesmen did not understand he could feel pity. His companion was Zouhr, last of the Men-without-Shoulders, whose subtle, dreamy intelligence was also unique among men. They set out, these two, to discover new and fertile hunting grounds for the horde, in the unknown land beyond the mountains. Here they would encounter the fierce sabertooth, the giant lion, the crocodile, the huge python, and wild mammoth. But most dangerous of all, these two would have to face alone the strange primitive hordes of the forest the half-men who ate the flesh of other men.