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The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel [Hardcover]

Jean M. Auel
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March 29 2011 Earth's Children (Book 6)
The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago. The Land of Painted Caves is an exquisite achievement by one of the world's most beloved authors.

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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.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I send it back?? April 6 2011
Format:Hardcover
I (along with everyone else) waited nearly a decade for this book?!? Let me preface this review by stating I love this series. I am aware that many people found "Shelters of Stone" disappointing, I am sorry to say that it is a work of literary genius when compared to "The Land of Painted Caves". I will be succinct in my reasons why you should forgo spending your time and money on this book.

**Possible spoilers**

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing end to a great series April 10 2011
Format:Hardcover
For all serious fans of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (Earth's Children), I would urge you to only buy this book if you need a decorative bookend for the rest of them. Not only is this book lacking in story depth, and a seemingly endless description of every blot of paint on every cave wall in Europe, but the author has also seemed fit to either demote main characters to mere shadows of themselves, or even worse, change their base structure entirely. ** SPOILER ALERT** Having Ayla vouch for the wholesale slaughter of a pride of cave lions in the very first chapter-her totem spirit?! Ayla barely pays attention to the child she dreamed of and loved before it was even born, and would have done anything for, like she did for Durc- really? Jondalar's screwing around on Ayla is beyond belief, and then Ayla's drug induced virtual rape is too much... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!?!
I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blech April 13 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have nothing good to say about this book, so if you're hoping for positive comments, you'll have to read someone else's review.

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.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This review is based upon an advance copy I received from Amazon Vine (US). There is always the hope that an editor will be allowed free rein and the final edition may vary from the copy I read, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

The first part of this book picks up the story of Ayla and Jondalar left off in the last book, The Shelters of Stone. Still living with Jondalar's family, Ayla is training as an acolyte to the First Among Those Who Serve and hopes to receive a calling to become a Zelandoni (a wise woman/healer of sorts). Ayla and Jondalar join the rest of the members of the Ninth Cave for the Summer Meeting, and spend lots and lots of time visiting with new and old friends. Each time Ayla is introduced to someone new we get to hear the looooooooooooong list of her proper titles all over again. We also get plenty of back history on returning characters, both major and minor ones, as well as lengthy refreshers on Ayla and Jondalar's adventures from the previous five books. The Summer Meeting ends and the members of the Ninth Cave return home.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Part II begins several years later as Ayla, Jondalar and The One Who Serves First (the leader of the Zelandoni and Ayla's mentor) prepare for a long journey so that Ayla can see the painted caves. Many many pages are spent telling the reader about the minute details of preparing for a journey. The reader is also treated to a prehistoric version of Map Questing the proposed trail - over hill and dale, north along this river, cross here and south along the other one. The great journey begins and our merry band travels from one cave to the next, with lots of introductions and more rounds of hearing every one's proper titles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
But not as good as the others
Published 2 days ago by Ray Latulipe
3.0 out of 5 stars so many caves...
There are only so many ways you can explain caves and red dots before it becomes boring...not the best book in the series, but still good
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars The land of Painted Caves
We have listened to a few times and l love ,there is a lot to learn from what is shared ,we have listen to the rest of the series and enjoyed them ,if you want to learn new things... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Crane
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure crap amongst a wonderful series of novels. Why?
I did manage somehow to read through the entire novel; perhaps it was my loyalty to Jean Auel's works that preceded this, perhaps it was because somewhere, somehow, I thought to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Waymark, Graeme
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment to the series
After leaving the book before this with the cliff hanger of a battle between the "flatheads" and the cave people lead by her two sons, I was sure that this book was going... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carly
3.0 out of 5 stars Is ok..but .....
Not as exciting as her earlier books. Long wait between books. I wonder if she will carry on or write something different.
Published 5 months ago by June Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars reading
I loved the book and a lot of friends and family did too I would reccomend this book to people of all ages
Published 7 months ago by Ena Poell
2.0 out of 5 stars Final Earth's Children book
I was seriously disappointed with this last installment of the series. Instead of adding to the story of
Ayla and Jondalar, it presents an albeit scholarly - view of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ursula G. Webber
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for a better ending...
I read this novel when it came out in hardcover, but I didn't realize until now that it was indeed the last one of the series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AnnieG
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
Really?
I'm an adult male and read the first five books after all but this one had been published. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Stephenson
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