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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Everyone else is barely more than a name, even her own daughter Jonayla shows jsan 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. Auel ‘s Earth’s Children.

They haven’t grown as characters at all! Then why devote pages to describe it?

The woman can do pretty much anything and everyone will applaud her. Herewith, the “Land of the Painted Caves” drinking game!

As with the previous books, I enjoyed reading about how people might have lived in that time: I have never, ever seen an author turn on their protagonist in such a blatant and hostile way.


This is supposed to be the last book so the jen says and yet nothing felt resolved to me. The man is the child’s far-mother or fa-ther. This has to be the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen for a long-anticipated book by a popular author.

Perhaps the most disappointing part was that throughout the book, the characters felt one-dimensional, even the two that we readers have spent the most time with: I could go on She sees that she has wrecked the entire Mother Goddess religion and early Cro-Magnon culture with her insights about “men’s essence” thereby creating internal combustion engines, airplanes, freeways, Jersey Shoreand the Bush Administration.

The Land of Painted Caves

I love to read series, but I think it’s better for all concerned if the books are written over labd shorter period, even if that means the research has to be shallower.

That was none other than Clan of the Cave Bear. At 13 years old Ayla was my hero when I didn’t have one.

It would be nice if she did write more in the series. Looking for More Great Reads? Finally, I decided to share a bit of a publishers summary: These caves are filled with remarkable art–paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear.

Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a kf leader and begins arduous training tasks. Mar 31, Sarah Martinez rated it did not like it. Hey, I know, let’s discuss them in our strange accent! The rituals themselves bring her close to death. Would there not be some one-on-one instruction? Ccaves and Jondalar’s interactions consist of, “Why don’t you take Jonayla for a while, Jondalar?


I’ll do you a favor: I couldn’t finish it. Ayla heads off to look at the caves, dragging along Jondalar and Ayla, again for no good reason. Ayla remains the Mary Sue she has been since the beginning. Correct non-goodreads author “Jean M Auel” 2 26 Jul 20, I even loved the arguing that showed the humanness of this ancient people. I don’t usually write reviews, and I don’t painetd bother to star things that I hate, but this was god-awful.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

He sucked one nipple, then the other, and caressed her breasts. That being said, the first pages are overly wordy, repetitive not repetitive from earlier books in the series, repetitive within those pages and, quite frankly, a bit boring. The Land of Painted Caves was touted by publicity campaigns as ” the bestseller of “.