Transcendence by Shay Savage
Published by CreateSpace on February 14th 2014
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It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.
Ehd is a caveman who is at the end of his resolve to survive on his own but then his world changes when he rescues Beh. To Ehd, everything about Beh appears perfect, a little strange but she would make a good mate. Beh is confused and frightened. Relying on gestures, slowly they begin their tale of survival with the limited shared vocabulary of under five words.
All is told from Ehd’s POV as he plans and works within the limitations of his skills and knowledge. I was desperate for Beh’s story throughout but you can only surmise things from Ehd’s responses to her behaviour and expertise she shares. Her frustrations come through loud and clear, as does his. His confusion at most of her behaviour is understandable, and his rationale of it cracked me up.
As much as Ehd’s strive to get through to Beh was layered with humour, there was also an abundance of undeniable love and pride that was beautiful and moving. Could a girl ask for more? Well maybe, but I could only think of material possessions, not emotional ones.
Transcendence impressed me with the well depicted raw and basic emotions throughout the story. I found the vast difference in Ehd’s ability to articulate or mimic speech was strange. His thoughts shared however, were the far from lacking, almost inexplicably above what appeared possible. The insight into Ehd’s thoughts contributed to the entertaining and heart-warming moments, a major reason this book is so memorable. Overall, this was a fantastic story that I would love to see presented in a ‘Rashomon’ style…but then again it may only add to the questions rather than answer them!
If it weren’t for the plot twist in the epilogue, it would have been a solid 5 stars. The epilogue was good but it left me questioning my assumptions, raising more questions than it answered.
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