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Dance Of The Tiger
(BJORN KURTEN)

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I have previously read two novels about contact between
Cro-Magnon and Neandertal man: Jean Auel''s Clan of the Cave Bear and
William Golding''s The Inheritors. Björn Kurtén''s Dance of the
Tiger may not be as well known (I stumbled over it by chance in a
publisher''s catalogue), but it deserves to be. If it lacks the psychological
depth of Golding''s novel, it is just as engaging, and it is far more tautly
written than Auel''s potboiler. From the opening mammoth hunt the excitement is
maintained almost without a pause for breath, with short descriptive passages
heightening rather than diminishing the suspense.

Dance of the Tiger is also far better informed scientifically than
either of the other novels. Kurtén was a professor of palaeontology at the University of Helsinki
(Stephen Jay Gould calls him Europe''s finest
evolutionary paleontologist) and Gould''s introduction and an author''s note at
the end provide some hint of how careful his attention to detail was (though it
is never overt or intrusive). While much of his reconstruction is obviously
very conjectural, it observes the anthropological niceties and never stretches
suspension of disbelief; my one major qualm was with an engineering
implausibility (which I won''t explain, since it is used to resolve the plot). Dance
of the Tiger won''t sell hundreds of thousands of copies or be prescribed
as a text in English courses, but that''s not a measure of its quality ? if
palaeoanthropological fiction appeals to you at all then you won''t want to miss
Kurtén''s offering.

 



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