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The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 29 2011

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517580519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517580516
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 6 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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I read Clan of the Cave Bear and was hooked...I loved Ayla's story and couldn't get enough. The following sequels were equally captivating although I must admit that, although I was loyal to the series, I felt let down with Shelters of Stone and was hoping that it might have been a just a blip on the radar. However, Land of Painted Caves just doesn't come up to the same standard as the previous books. I knew I was in trouble when I started skimming whole pages. I confess I stopped reading the book through sheer frustration. Why? Too many characters and names to keep straight, too much back story, too many caves that sounded the same, so in a word...BORING. Why Auel's editors didn't do a better job with the red pen is beyond me. I'll probably put myself out of my misery and skip to the end.
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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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I have concluded my reading of the new Jane Auel novel, the last of the Clan of the Cave Bear Series: "Land of the Painted Caves". I really don't know how I kept reading. (It was only the memory of such good stuff in prior volumes, I guess). At one point, I stopped reading it to take in "Imperium" and do some writing. In summary: I would recommend (light-heartedly) reading the first 200 pages and learn about caves and carvings from antiquity. Skip the next 400 pages and read the last 100. The last pages may be worth the price of the novel if you buy it paperback on sale. The rest is simply: prolixity at its 'novel' worst !

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.
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