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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Along the way, she accidentally discovers evidence that one of her fellow Zelandoni apprentices has been cheating on his OWLs. Auel tells me that uean began publishing her Earth’s Children series inand I must have been introduced to the series in about whenThe Mammoth Hunters was published.

The Land of Painted Caves

She had greater strength to be able to keep up with the Clan. Trivia About The Cavrs of Paint 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?

I shall not throw stones into her little glass house. What happened to Durc.

Maybe it took a lot of essence. The first two parts are so boring, I thought I would poke my eye out with a blunt instrument, just to have something exciting to do. Baker January 1, I’d like to give Ayla a few whacks, too.


This book needed major editing. There is then a whole lot of really very tiresome stuff where Jondalar teaches Ayla to speak using words.

This book contradicts a lot of what is said in earlier books, especially in Shelters of Stone – in that book, Ayla asks Jondalar what datura is called in Zelandoni, and he answers, “Foxglove. In the first part, Ayla is at a Summer Meeting and she begins to learn what an acolyte does. Where did this come from? Characters act largely out of character or like idiots.

And while it might be realistic and refreshing to show that Neolithic Paleolithic? Well, I now have to break it to you that the reason Ayla and Jondalar are clearly, like, destined for each other is because she is able to fit all of his outsized manhood inside her Magical Cave Of Wonders. Of all the things that Auel could have chosen, the fact that sex makes babies is what she picked? And the whole Zelandonii thing is like some vast New Age commune who take their religion with deadly seriousness.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Ayla puts down her drink and runs along a river into a cave, where she spends the next three days hallucinating. You don’t, because your readers are not stupid and we can remember painnted we read 2 paragraphs ago. Retrieved September 16, View all 32 comments. The second part is mainly about the caves they visit. It is soooooo repetitive that I nearly painetd insane. I thought they would have learned their lesson last time.

Absolutely no character development of the beloved heroine, Ayla. I want to sleep late jezn take naps in the day, and sometimes if I stand for a long time, my back hurts. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. This is basically what happens: Ayla nearly dies, and is called back to life by a contrite and suddenly passionately loving Jondalar.


Apr 15, Stiney rated it did not like it. Jondalar and Thonalan walk the earth, meet people, discover stuff, have adventures, and have really quite a lot of if. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story was gripping and made me want to read more. If you’d like to follow my blog, just enter your email address and you’ll get notifications of my new posts by email. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

But all the time Ayala has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. She could also pick up sounds above the range of normal hearing and feel the deep tones of those that were below.

Thirdly, a lot of reviewers seem to have taken exception to the end-of-book drama moment, where both Jondalar and Ayla have affairs. Perhaps the most disappointing part was that throughout the book, lamd characters felt one-dimensional, even the two that we readers have spent the most time with:

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