from the dustjacket, front flap:
HUDDLED through long bitter winters in the dark recesses of their caves, scantily wrapped in stiff, stinking skins, rigid with cold, dumb with hunger; sleeping on foul beds of boughs, dried grass or musty rushes; subsisting precariously on the raw flesh of what animals they could kill by hand with hand-made weapons and on what nuts and berries and nutritious roots they could find; beset on every side by terrifying mystery, and with the plains and forests where they had to hunt their food infested with ferocious beasts of prey that hunted them, life as they saw it was nothing but a struggle to exist. Alone in the dusk of dawning human consciousness, having no others they might turn to for information, comfort or support and no help at hand, as they supposed, beyond the sticks and stones about them, they groped on amongst their rocks through the dull centuries with no concept of existence beyond a blind instinct to cling to it, no hope in it but to live a little longer in the same old way."
Then came Carnack, the thinker with the results recorded in this book!
from the dustjacket, back cover:
In the dawn of time, a man chipped his story in pictures across the smooth face of a cliff with flint engraving tools. He showed how he had discovered fire, and the use of the bow and arrow, and how his startling innovations led the conservative members of his cave-man tribe to drive him out into the wilderness.
His pictures reveal this exile from cave-life devising the first hut, learning to cook his food, and teaching the wild horse to carry him, and the wolf-dog to hunt for him. In the end a cave-woman, a mate, came to join him.
25,000 years later this first autobiography is discovered and imaginatively reconstructed by the author of the present volume. The fact that the whole thrilling narrative of "Carnack" is a work of pure creation only makes it the more beautiful and dramatic achievement.
In his Foreword, Dr. Alfred V. Kidder, celebrated archeologist, writes"Carnack did live and fight and invent. You and I, who speak and write and eat cooked food, prove his former existence by everything we do, and in most of the things we think .... The story is fundamentally true, because every main event recorded in it has actually happened at some time or place during the long slow evolution of humanity ... the book will give many people a most vivid glimpse of the childhood of man. They will enjoy it, or I am greatly mistaken."