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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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: Jan 08, sj rated it jeam not like it Shelves: Frankly, if her editor had read this book and gone through with a very heavy hand on the red pen, Auel probably would have spent nine years writing 25 pages of worthwhile material. I could go on Not to mention 5 days of my life wasted on this cheap trash.

Other books in the series. Read it Forward Read it first.

But I think I might take a stab at this one. To be honest not much does happen here, we get endless repetitions of the Mother’s Song, lots of descriptions of cave art, and lots of mentions of the events of previous books this last, I think, should have been edited out as, let’s face it, most people aren’t going to come to this book cold.


The Land of Painted Caves

This would have been the place to add all new material. It appeared that all of Ayla’s training took place in a group. I can save you the trouble of attempting to plough through Ms Auel’s Potteresque doorstop in a few easy sentences.

I expected more from Ayla. And let’s talk about that for a moment, shall we? Stay in Touch Sign up. As with everyone else, Paintex really, really wish an editor had sat down with the author and said, “Why?

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: The timeframe jumps ahead by four years at one point, totally without warning and apparently totally without reason too.

Would she ever find her family? The last section, where there is a lot more detail about Ayla’s training and the action really picks up although in a way that was repetitive from previous works in the serieswas the most interesting and enjoyable. For this book she got to visit many of the caves with cave paintings. I’d give her something else, too, like a load of my ‘essence,’ he thought with an evil grin.

If you want to see the painted caves she talks so much about, try these links: I don’t know if it’s because I’m older now and more jaded or what, but getting through this particularly the first two-thirds was a chore.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel: Bad sex award extract

Retrieved September 16, I finished the series. There were a few little gems here and there, but for the most part, could have been easily summarized.


Had these descriptions been written with skill, vigour, or imagination, it might not have akel too bad, but unfortunately the vast majority of descriptions in Painted Caves are dry, dull and technical. There were some actual advances in the storyline, but they could have been told in about cavse pages.

Did I hold her pedestal up a bit high?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So there were a lot of theories about how hey did it and why they painted these caves but these ancient people knew nothing lannd it.

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Happy to see what Ayla and her family are up to but sad because at the end, I want more. As I scroll through the first dozen reviews, ALL of them are one or two star ratings. Many of the criticisms levelled at this book by other reviewers have a certain amount of truth to them. And, there was absolutely no resolution to the whole epic story. La terra delle caverne dipinte di Paintd M.