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. 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. 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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The Land of Painted Caves

Lists with This Book. Why the frak are they even so exclusive to begin with?

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. There was potential for a good story somewhere in there, it was simply wasted and the easy option taken instead. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. I’ll do you a favor: While the typos from the ARC complained about by other reviewers appear to have been fixed, there were other problems, such as dropped plot lines there was a particular ne’er do well family mentioned in the first section, not at all in the second, and suddenly picked up again in the third and a great deal of internal repetition.

You will cry once you’ve shlogged through your fortieth cave, complete with exhaustive pained of the cave’s art and its physical structure, and you find that you still have forty more caves for Ayla to explore. Ayla’s final preparations for her initiation as a Zelandoni bring The Land of Painted Caves to a riveting climax.

I guess there are spoilers? Jondalar thinks about this for a while, and says to himself, “Not okay.


I don’t usually write reviews, and I don’t usually bother to star things that I hate, but this was god-awful. View all 30 comments. There were some actual advances in the storyline, but they could have been told in about 50 pages.

An editor could have tightened up the errors and the repetition, and whilst the description here was unbelievably dry there were glimmers of the kind of vivid, vibrant descriptions that Auel used to write: Ayla, too, had extraordinarily sharp vision. Why do you assume that your readers don’t remember anything which happened in the previous books, let alone the previous chapters of this one?

We see Ayla’s journey towards life in the Zelandonia and the consequences that this causes, which many of us can empathise with. I think that perhaps one of my biggest disappointments was that there wasn’t an epilogue of some sort showing that Ayla had truly turned into an enigmatic zelandoni, giving up her name, becoming First, perhaps in extreme age looking back on her life and what happened to her mate and children yes, she had one child in the book but wanted more.

Zelandoni can read people’s minds because She was born with heightened acuity in all her senses I just hope she didn’t end up needing therapy after narrating this last book. What is that Big Reveal, you ask?

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

These caves are filled with remarkable art – paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear. Auel could have come through it with a little more grace and dignity, with some recognition that she was not alone in this endeavor, that there are millions of us out here who needed this story to be It is an execrable excuse for a novel. Just won this on GoodReads First Reads and am looking forward to it arriving.

Which they do until Ayla nearly dies from that root drug from Cave Bear, blah, blah, blah Jondalar and Ayla act like lovelorn middle schoolers.


I really wish she had not agreed and had stayed wild and free forever. It seemed pointless and was no longer special. I was left feeling another book was in the pipeline, but this is the end. Plot [ edit paintedd In this three-part book, Ayla is 20 in part 1about 23 in part 2 and 26 in part 3 and is training to become a spiritual leader for the Zelandonii.

I don’t know if the first five books were also this awful and I just was less discerning as a kid or what, cves this was torture to get through. I also didn’t quite understand why Marona packed her things and left!!! Her breathing quickened, each breath coming with a groan, until suddenly she reached a peak, and oainted herself well up and overflow.

I was actually hoping that the two of them would end up mating with other people, so that there would be at least a bit of a surprise. The original mystery, the thing that kept us reading, has just gone off into endless repetition of non-essential details.

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The last fourth of the book gets a little more interesting, but it was “too little too late” for my taste. Then there’s the repetition.

Well, we read the Mother’s Song eighteen bazillion times What about the time and energy all of this took, on top of which she was now training the one she believed would follow in her footsteps? Nothing like making a stomach bug feel ael by reading a very disappointing book.