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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If we go even further back in the series, what if it had been Thonolan who had survived and mated Ayla instead, or Ayla had stayed with the Mamutoi and mated Ranec, or Vincavec, how might Land of the Painted Caves have turned out? If I were a man, I would be too. It would be nice if she did write more in the series.

This brings me back into a neat circle to my initial point. Ayla is accepted into the Zelandonia and attempts to use a dangerous hallucinogenic root as part of her initiation – one that was greatly feared by her first mentor, Mamut.

The rituals themselves bring her close to death. Ppainted spends the next few days recovering from her experience and helps deliver a friend’s baby. Contents [ show ]. And let’s talk about that for a moment, shall we? Auel tells me that she began publishing her Earth’s Children series inand I must have been introduced to the series in about whenThe Mammoth Hunters was published.


The last fourth of the book gets a little more interesting, but it was “too little too late” for my taste. Flat characters acting out of character. Earth’s Children 6 books. She allows Wolf to lead her out of the cave, but not before finding a bag hidden there auell Madroman, an unskilled acolyte who faked his Calling, and who has had a deep-seated hatred of Jondalar since adolescence.

I’ll paintee you a favor: They grab her and Jondalar somehow miraculously goes from in front of the evil band of rapist men to behind them, breaks the leather-thong assisted choke-hold the dude has on Ayla, and saves her from them.

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

I thought they would have learned their lesson last time. Painhed all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. This leaves a rift between Ayla and Jondalar. I remember the feeling I had when Stephen King got hit by that van, thinking Roland was going to die with him. Also, the cavemen don’t know why the cavemen painted cave paintings?

View all zuel comments. Nothing like making a stomach bug feel worse by reading a very disappointing book. It’s a realistic life with realistic problems – Ayla was never going to be able to return to all her loved ones or reclaim Durc, and we know that humans were ppainted Neanderthals to the brink of extinction, so a complete reconciliation between the two groups was also not possible.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I don’t know – because you’re super old now?

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The Land of Painted Caves

Historical novel Speculative fiction Alternate history. Retrieved from ” http: What you may call it becomes very annoyed, especially since he now believes that sex makes babies, and delivers a terrific beating to the party paonted question, meanwhile bellowing “He’s making MY babies!

When a smartphone is aimed at the cover, the rock cave be pushed aside. Oh, yeah, before that happens, Ayla takes that damn drug yes, she takes the drug TWICE in this bookwanders into a cave, and starts hallucinating. Of all the things that Auel could have chosen, the fact that sex makes babies is what she picked? painteed

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It honestly felt like that the author left it open enough to continue the story in some way, assertions on the dust jacket aside “the last in the series”, it said.

No relationship went forward or back We see Ayla’s journey towards life in the Zelandonia and the consequences that this causes, which many of us can empathise with. This is going to enrage all the goths and ren fest fans who love her work because they’re pqinted into slutty open relationships.

The repetition in this book! I also didn’t quite understand why Marona packed her things and left!!!