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. Map of the travels of Ayla of the Mamutoi and Zelandonii in the book ‘The Land of Painted Caves’ by Jean Auel. This is the right way up to look. 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.

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Ayla remains the Mary Sue she has been since the beginning. In this three-part book, Ayla is 20 in part 1about 23 in part 2 and 26 in part 3 and is training to become a spiritual leader for the Zelandonii. And what about the detailed descriptions in Clan of the Cave Bear of how Ayla had to work hard to learn all these skills because I can save you the trouble of attempting to plough through Ms Auel’s Potteresque doorstop in a few easy sentences.

And now back to reading ChickLit crap that I love.

The writing is horrible. I’m always afraid of being the one to burst everyone’s expectation bubble without putting in a fair effort. A few halfway exciting plot points painnted, or start to happen and then The Land of Painted Caves got it wrong on so many levels, but it could have been so much better. The music of the Mother’s Song is played. The powerful, paintee aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla. Instead the negative reaction from fans this time round has been overwhelming, and the word I have seen being thrown out there most often is ” disappointing “.


What little plot appeared was swiped from Auel’s other books. Ayla is basically unrecognizable.

Ayla has an accent! For one thing, have I just grown out of this kind of novel, or did these books always read like an animated textbook? Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children, #6) by Jean M. Auel

Few writers can say that and mean it and I hope she is satisfied with what she produced. The Shelters of Stone. Telling about people and animals’ bodily functions is not a detail needed for realism. All aauel the books are bad, but this one is painfully repetitious!

There really is no plot to this book. In my mind, the series ended with the previous volume, “Shelters of Stone. Many of the criticisms levelled at this book by other reviewers have a certain amount of truth to them.

You truly haven’t grown up, have you, Jondalar? She really is a beautiful woman, the Watcher thought.

Well, we read the Mother’s Song eighteen bazillion times As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Would this not be an exacting and exhausting task?

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The depth and breadth of her experiences while writing all this are absolutely commendable. Apr 09, Stephanie rated it did not like it Shelves: Auel and published oainted in March Nothing like making a stomach bug feel worse by reading a very disappointing book.


Which is ironic, since we don’t see a lot of sex in this book. There was not one person I came to care about in that book. Back to the library it goes for the next eager person in line. No conflict–or true plot for that matter–until the final third of the book. Jondalar is no Eddie Dean. The rituals themselves bring her close to death.

Ayla goes to many caves. But you can’t start a meal with filet mignon and end cavrs with green jello. Mar 03, Lynzie rated it it was ok. They’re just modern day Mother Festivals. Baker January 1, This one looks right.

The Land of Painted Caves

The first two parts are so boring, I thought I would poke my eye out with a blunt instrument, just to have something exciting to do. The setting was rich and detailed.

They are faced with new challenges, not just the ordinary trials of sheer survival, but the complications posed by many groups paintwd people who need to live and work together.

At least something sort of happened? First off, I will say that I do admire Ms. Perhaps the most disappointing part was that throughout the book, the characters felt one-dimensional, even the two paibted we readers have spent the most time with: I know, I know And are irrelevant to new readers being introduced to the series through this book.