Thursday, August 5, 2010
Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman
Pressed by love for his brother and a bad conscience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a role of leadership among his people.
This is going to be a quick review, mainly because it was a quick book. Even though this book is only 148 pages it is chalk full of action and while I was reading this one with my son, neither one of us was ever bored. Now he obviously enjoyed it more than I did, but since his age group is who this is aimed at, that's to be expected.
The basic story is that Zan, who is named Zan-Gah after he takes down a man-eating lioness all by himself, is a young teenage boy living in a time when men still lived in caves and belonged to warring clans united by family relationships and knew peace for very long. It was a hard life that was ruled by the need to survive and little else.
When Zan's twin brother went missing a year before it had left a hole in his heart and he never knew what to do about it. After his heroics allow him to see himself in a new light, he decides to undertake a life changing journey to find out what happened to his brother. It's a journey of self discovery that will mature and change his life forever.
What I really loved about the book was the time period it was set in. I have never really read anything that humanized early man the way this book did and I'm thankful I got the opportunity to read it. I will be reading the second book in the series, Zan-Gah And The Beautiful Country, pretty soon and both Aidan and I are really looking forward to it.