The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 29 2011
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“[T]here is real sweetness in the saga’s finale, when Ayla’s legacy to the world — both hers and ours — is made clear. Myriad things have changed in the last 30,000 years, but the endurance of human love is not one of them.”--Washington Post
“[Auel] does paint a convincing portrait of ancient life. And readers who fell in love with little Ayla will no doubt revel in her prehistoric womanhood.”--People
“As with her other books, Auel spins her tale with credible dialogue, believable situations and considerable drama. More than that, she deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today. Among modern epic spinners, Auel has few peers.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“[T]he millions of readers who have been with Ayla from the start will want to once again lose themselves in the rich prehistoric world Auel conjures and see how this internationally beloved series concludes.”--Booklist
“[R]eaders who enjoyed the previous volumes will relish the opportunity to re-enter pre-history one last time.”--Publishers Weekly
"[T]he book is compelling and will be in high demand by Auel’s fans."--Library Journal
About the Author
Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth's Children® series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government's Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters". She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.See all Product Description
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1.You've already read it. Read the last five books? Then you have already read 90% of this one.(Spoilers??!??)
2.A large portion of the "new" material is about dots on cave walls. Really.
3.The characters that we have grown to know and love have become flat, one dimensional and have changed in their underlying natures.
4.The climax was pulled almost entirely from a previous book.(see point number one)
I actually threw the book down in disgust when I finished it and am seriously contemplating sending it back to the author. Don't buy this book. Make up your own ending to the series; you will be much happier with it.
I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...
I used to love this series, but now that I know how it ends, I'm donating all my copies of the books to my local library. I don't want them in my collection anymore. That's how disappointed I am.
This book is not only garbage, it's boring, predictable, unbelievable garbage. It's back-to-front, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, end-to-end crap.
Ayla and Jondalar have become one-dimensional and uninteresting, and the way they behave at the end of the book is not only completely out of character, it's despicable and almost makes me hate them.
If this book had been cut by half its length, it would still have been too long. There's a lot of repetition, and note to Ms Auel: read about one cave, read about 'em all. Do we REALLY need minute descriptions of every single painted cave the bunch of them visit? Yeah, we get it: you're good at research. Do you really still need to prove that after all this time? And do we REALLY need to hear everyone's names and ties every single time every single character gets introduced to someone? They spend the whole damn book travelling! They're constantly meeting new people! WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT 600 TIMES. Then there's that Mother Song thing, over and over and over. Please, somebody, make it stop!
For an experienced author, Auel does far more telling than showing. I confess I skipped page after page of this book, waiting for something interesting to happen. Something finally does around page 430, but sadly, that's where the book begins to jump the shark.Read more ›
Each individual in the novel who had 'lines' was introduced by their formal title "....of the first cave, of the second rock, of the third moon, of the god dog, of the mother earth and father the traveling salesman of... et-cetera, et-cetera... This formal introduction was used so much and so repetitively that ones eyes glazed over after the first one hundred pages. Then, there were the caves - I am sorry for being so critical of such a sacred and symbolic part of the history of humankind - but it isn't a case of 'once you have seen one, you have seen them all'; it was/is a literary style of describing each cave (an opening of various sizes in rock) with shallow or deep passageways, left turns, right turns or straight aheads, narrow or stand-up, wet and slippery or dry and dusty, Stalagtoots or stalagtits, echoes of song or whistle or...??? The drawings encountered were like stick animals (most of us are familiar with them from the internet or our own research - but were there any photographs, diagrams? - perhaps in an appendix? Nope, this stood to the novel format our author describing in full detail EVERY one (or seemingly) of her exhausting cave adventures.Read more ›
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Got started on this edition but... just could NOT get into this one. This series was soooo awesome... before this one :-(Published 12 months ago by Trish Parr
I will agree with what everyone else I've read here has written.... very disappointing. I'll add that the editorial team seems to have failed hugely, as several events from... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jan
I have followed Ayla's story since the Clan of the Cave Bear. I am relishing this last novel.Published 16 months ago by Andrée