Sometimes it feels as though entire hominid species have evolved in less time than it takes to read “The Land of Painted Caves,” the sixth and. Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel’s overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth’s Children. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, to an extraordinary.

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I just ordered this book on Amazon. Tara This was worse than shelters of stone. View all 14 comments. Maybe it was because the first three books were so key to my teenage years and I felt a sense of loyalty to the series.

Very disappointing and anticlimactic!! Oh, and I have to warn you that you might just laugh until you cry when Jondalar beats the shit out of Laramar, who is bonking Ayla at a Mother Festival, while screaming in a high-pitched falsetto, “He’s making my baby!

Wow, was I ever disappointed.

The Land of Painted Caves

Lists with This Book. And that means there are no more books. If we need to refer back to it which we won’t because we don’t carewe know where to find it. Those that she should have gotten close to This was in solid 1 to 2 star territory until Part 3, which is really where all the action takes place.

Auel likes to repeat lqnd.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children, #6) by Jean M. Auel

Che fosse stato, allora, lui a ingravidarla col suo sguardo! But regurgitating research pell-mell into a novel without good characters, a plot, and decent writing does NOT make a story.

Ayla has an accent! Having worked through the last two books, I was already beginning to tire of this particular epic, but I’m loyal and wanted to see how the whole thing ended. I’d like to thank her for introducing me to this fascinating world.


Whole conversations are dedicated to one character telling another about events the other character should already be aware of. Why all of the repetition? They have paintings in them. There was nothing new View all 15 comments. As of her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, in many translations.

It’s a realistic life with realistic problems – Ayla was never going to be able ausl return to all her loved ones or reclaim Durc, and we know that humans were pushing Neanderthals to the brink of extinction, so a complete reconciliation between the two groups was also not possible.

Everyone else is barely more than a name, even her own daughter Jonayla shows no hint of personality at all and Ayla seems to show very little interest in her, surprising given what a ferocious mother she was in The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

Auel decided to write another book, she could easily pick up where she left off.

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I remember the feeling I had when Stephen King got hit by that van, thinking Roland was going to die with him. He goes off and does it with his old girlfriend, who has always had it in for Ayla. She never would share Pleasesure with anyone else, not even at Mother Festivals.

Want to Read saving…. It was definitely Part 3 the final pages that upped this conclusion to the Earth’s Children series to three stars and I’m glad I read it. Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and above all, courage. This has a knock on effect and drags the pacing down incessantly, turning the jen into a tedious, laboured drudge that takes real effort to get through, or even pick up.


Open Preview See a Problem? From the beginning of Part 3. Jondalar is six foot tall with blond hair, blue eyes and a big knob. paintev

Jondalar, besides being said jealous pr! Again, people, what did you think was going to happen? In my mind, the series ended with the previous volume, “Shelters of Stone. TOO many characters were introduced but never added anything to the story.

So, I know I’m going to do a full Trashy Tuesday write up on this one in a few weeks, but I feel the need to jot down some thoughts on it while this I tore through it quickly, and when I got to the end, I immediately felt bereft.

Noooo, she had to keep that shit as mysterious as it is to us all. Would Ayla ever find love, family, belonging or would she constantly wander alone?

I loved these books as a kid.

Jondalar thinks about this for a while, and says to himself, “Not okay. Wouldn’t her years of hunting practise heighten her acuity?

I also love the horses. Nevertheless it forms a very satisfying conclusion to the books, and I’m not sure where else Ayla c Many of the criticisms levelled at this book by other reviewers have a certain amount of truth to them.

So far this book is awful, the editor should be fired. Why even bother if it’s clearly so unimportant? This has to be the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen for a long-anticipated book by a popular author.