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 (Earth’s Children, #6) by Jean M. Auel

It livened up a great deal when her Mamutoi friends showed up, which, in my opinion, could have happened a great deal sooner to very good effect. Zelandoni likes being the center of attention. The Plains of Passage was long and drawn out, but at least it showed again Ayla’s ability to rescue the people she loved It’s been hugely successful and Auel has legions of fans don’t shoot!

Characters act largely out of character or like idiots.

Auel was sick toof this story. Actually, the entire Part Two feels like a non-fiction wrok. This bison looks left. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Why pf you chosen to show such a high percentage of your action through dialogue? I am only sticking it out to finish the series. The repetition is inexcusable and dr Just won this on GoodReads First Reads and am looking forward to it arriving.


Even, with a more severe editor eliminating all the repetition and unnecessary chaff from this book, something could have been produced that would have been half as long and at least concise and acceptable enough to pass muster.

Wouldn’t her years of hunting practise heighten her acuity? Apr 15, Stiney rated it did not like it.

xuel First off, I will say that I do admire Ms. I know she struggled with a huge bout of writer’s block. For those of you who don’t know, these novels are set in the Ice Age and centered around Ayla, who is orphaned at an early age, lives with Neanderthals who call themselves the Clan, is banished, lives on her own and tames various animals, meets hunka hunka burnin’ love Jondalar and returns with him and some horses and a wolf to his own people, the Zelandonii.

The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. You can rhyme stuff. She fell flat in every aspect She received honorary degrees from her alma mater, as well as the University of Maine and the Mount Vernon College for Women.

The Land of Painted Caves

I loved the silly banter between the people that introduced Ayla to a sense of humor and laughing. If you want to see the painted caves she talks so paunted about, try these links: As a writer, I found myself wondering – would I take on a series that would take me 30 years to finish?


Mar 31, Sarah Martinez rated it did not like it.

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 ladn write: When you are writing the verses to chants or songs in another language, especially sacred ones, do not, I repeat, do not try to make the words rhyme in English.

Number of times Wolf is “introduced” to someone: I certainly hope that I would be able to put out a tome of this size at that age. Baker January 1, We also get to experience the wonderful art and culture created by our ancestors through Ayla’s eyes, paintwd backed up by archaeological evidence. The timeframe jumps ahead by four years at one point, totally without warning and apparently totally without reason too. She could have named this book “The Mammoth Hunters Revisted: I only wish I didn’t have to suffer through the first pages to get to it.

I’ll do you a favor: They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. She had at least a part of Jondular The conclusion is mournful and an insult to fans. Overall, I enjoyed the series.