The Land of Painted Caves

The Land of Painted Caves In The land of Painted Caves Jean M Auel brings the ice age epic Earth s Children series to an extraordinary conclusion Ayla one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction

  • Title: The Land of Painted Caves
  • Author: Jean M. Auel
  • ISBN: 9780517580516
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In The land of Painted Caves, Jean M Auel brings the ice age epic Earth s Children series to an extraordinary conclusion Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and above all, courage.As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, JonayIn The land of Painted Caves, Jean M Auel brings the ice age epic Earth s Children series to an extraordinary conclusion Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and above all, courage.As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla are welcomed by the Zelandonii, but problems arise They are faced with new challenges, not just the ordinary trials of sheer survival, but the complications posed by many groups of people who need to live and work together The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthens her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.Ayla and Jondalar s first priority is the care for their golden haired child, Jonayla, and the well being of their amazing animals, Wolf, Whinney, Racer, and Gray The two participate in hunts to provide food, in travels to Summer Meetings for decision making, and in social activities Whatever the obstacles, Ayla s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla s mentor the Donier, the First of

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    About "Jean M. Auel"

    1. Jean M. Auel

      Jean M Auel, n e Jean Marie Untinen is an American author best known for her Earth s Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro Magnon people with Neanderthals As of 2010 her books have sold than 45 million copies worldwide, in many translations Auel attended University of Portland, and earned an MBA in 1976 She received honorary degrees from her alma mater, as well as the University of Maine and the Mount Vernon College for Women She and her husband, Ray Bernard Auel, have five children and live in Portland, Oregon.


    1. Excuse me, I have some paint I need to watch dryAyla trains to be a Zelandani Ayla goes to many caves Ayla unveils the Big Secret that readers have known about since Book 1 The End Spoilers Abound Like Mad Ye Have Been Warned My God If I thought the last book was fan fiction, I have no idea what to call this piece of sh t Boring , disappointing , stupid , mindless waste of time and paper , and underwhelming all come to mind But no words can describe how absolutely horrible this book is.I don t l [...]

    2. I won t go too much into detail as other reviewers have exhaustively explained why this book sucks donkey arse, but essentially 1 Auel likes to repeat things A lot What I meant to say is that Auel likes to repeat things A lot.2 Auel really digs caves No, really Ayla spends 2 3 of the book shuffling through caves, peeing in caves, knocking the ash off her torch in caves, and scrutinizing all of the art in caves What a cavewoman snicker 3 Ayla and Jondalar s interactions consist of, Why don t you [...]

    3. I just read the interview with Jane Auel that came out before the book was published It was a LOT interesting than the book was While reading LOPC, I kept finding myself saying AGAIN Wolf helps to find Jondular AGAIN You re repeating the Mother s Song AGAIN You re talking about cattails AGAIN Someone is jealousAGAIN It seemed to me that Jondular and Ayla still hadn t gotten past the problems that they had in MH They haven t grown as characters at all It would have been far interesting if there [...]

    4. The Clan of the Cave Bear was a masterful character driven drama, if slightly plodding, an intensive study of both the nature of characters and relationships The protagonist, Ayla, was a flawed and vulnerable girl possessed of genuinely admirable determination, existing in a very dangerous, brutal and unfair world which caused her to suffer real hardships and even be threatened with death on than one occasion The Land of Painted Caves is a poorly written, repetitive, tedious, unenjoyable mess T [...]

    5. I can save you the trouble of attempting to plough through Ms Auel s Potteresque doorstop in a few easy sentences view spoiler 1 Ayla, who has become increasingly superpowered with each book, is described in the first chapter as having been born with heightened acuity in all her senses, but not realising just how unique she is Why didn t we know about this before 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 she d [...]

    6. All right, that s finally done Nothing like making a stomach bug feel worse by reading a very disappointing book.First off, I will say that I do admire Ms Auel for a couple of things 1 She researched this like no one else The depth and breadth of her experiences while writing all this are absolutely commendable Above and beyond Very few people get interested in something and go that far into learning about it And 2 She has always said in the few interviews I can find that she wrote this whole th [...]

    7. Big thanks to all the Good Reads and reviewers who have already given this one a big THUMBS DOWN You ve given me permission to stop wasting my time hoping it will get better I m always afraid of being the one to burst everyone s expectation bubble without putting in a fair effort No problem with that here As of this writing, there are 398 ratings on Good Reads, and the average rating for all editions is 2.80 As I scroll through the first dozen reviews, ALL of them are one or two star ratings Thi [...]

    8. I loved these books as a kid It s been a looong time since I read one, though Now I m 40% of the way through this one, complete with Part One If you ve read her previous books, you could probably skip part one and just go straight to Part Two unless you wanted to read and reread and reread all the major points of the previous books just for fun Key points you will enjoy being beaten over the head with 1 Ayla has an accent Everyone notices Sometimes than once 2 Wolves, they are social creatures [...]

    9. Tedious and repetitive Since I don t want to spend any time than I have already and I m too lazy to put in all the right HTML need for the visuals here at GR, you can read the full review here, misfitandmom.wordpress 201WARNING TO IPHONE USERS This review and many of the comments have spoilers marked with the spoiler tag Apparently the tags do not work with Iphones Enter this review and read the comments at your own peril view spoiler Loooooooool at Jondalar when the lightbulb goes off in his he [...]

    10. I know, I knowis series went crashingly downhill after Clan of the Cave Bear, but I still want to find out how the saga ends.Andw I m done Bleah Talk about going out with a whimper Even though it got to be a little ridiculous about how Ayla invented everything from needles to helicopters heh , it was at least interesting to me to read how those things might have been created This book didn t have any of that Lots of long descriptions of caves, like Auel couldn t bear to leave a single one out Fl [...]

    11. After waiting so long to read the final episode in Ayla s story, I can only say disappointing.You can read the other reviews to find discussions of the repetition from previous books, from section to section within the same book, of cave painting descriptions, etc , and in my opinion, the use of repetition was worse than usual for this author however, what struck me was that it felt as though each section was written entirely separately as the tone was completely different for each This would ex [...]

    12. I, unfortunately and with great sadness, have to give this book 1 star I would probably give it half a star if I could.The first 2 3 of the book were a total waste of my time For crying out freaking loud, how many freaking times do we have to have the Mother s Song repeated Congratulations Jean Auel You can rhyme stuff And clearly you are very proud of it The rest of us DON T CARE Give the damn thing once, at the beginning of the book, before the first chapter even If we need to refer back to it [...]

    13. Herewith, the Land of the Painted Caves drinking game Everytimee text mentions Ayla s accent, DRINK the text called Ayla beautiful or Jondolar handsome, DRINK the word vivid is used to describe Jondolar or Jonayla s eyes, DRINK there is a verse of that goddess forsaken song, DRINK there s a description of how much some other person adores Ayla, DRINK the word uncanny is used to describe Ayla s special abilities, DRINK Ayla remembers her vision quest with Creb, DRAIN YOUR GLASS You ll be so souse [...]

    14. At 13 years old Ayla was my hero when I didn t have one She stood up for herself, endured many trials, and was a survivor just like I was is was in Clan of the Cavebear She went on to continue surviving and found the love of her life in Valley of the HorsesI learned from Ayla that love making is beautiful with the man you care about In The Mammoth Hunters She taught me the art of caring for other humansher adopted Mamutoi familys that book had much angst between Ayla and Jondalar, but I understo [...]

    15. As with everyone else, I really, really wish an editor had sat down with the author and said, Why Why all of the repetition Why do you assume that your readers don t remember anything which happened in the previous books, let alone the previous chapters of this one Why have you chosen to show such a high percentage of your action through dialogue I m going to take my big read pen and we re going to cut out 2 3 of this book, and your readers will thank me I ve been reading this series for half of [...]

    16. I don t usually write reviews, and I don t usually bother to star things that I hate, but this was god awful I don t know if the first five books were also this awful and I just was less discerning as a kid or what, but this was torture to get through I guess there are spoilers But really, there s nothing to spoil.This is basically what happens People say Ayla is foreign She talks funny.Ayla can read people s minds because she was raised by the Clan Zelandoni can read people s minds becauseume s [...]

    17. 2.5 STARSFINALLY I finished the series And I have to say THANK FUCKING GOD This last book has been TORTURE If you are considering this series, I would seriously consider skipping this book It is soooooo repetitive that I nearly went insane I would have rated it lower even, but I invested SO MUCH TIME, I couldn t bear to think I wasted this much time on a shitty book There were some actual advances in the storyline, but they could have been told in about 50 pages The rest of the book was just an [...]

    18. 1 The Clan of the Cave Bear 2 The Valley of Horses 3 The Mammoth Hunters 4 The Plains of Passage 5 The Shelters of Stone 6 The Land of Painted Caves I still love Ayla and Jondalar of course, and this whole world But this was one of my least favourite in the series I was so upset that Ayla was so encouraged to become Zelandonii one who serves the mother I almost felt like they were trying to contain her wild spirit because they were afraid of her I really wish she had not agreed and had stayed wi [...]

    19. Other than finding out what happens to Ayla, Jondalar and Family, this was a terribly written book It could easily have been edited down to 100 200 pages max Endless recapping of past events, repetition of the mother s song, and mind numbing details about cave after cave after cave So sad that such a wonderful saga had such an underwhelming finish.

    20. 750 pages, and what happened Well, we read the Mother s Song eighteen bazillion times and read people s long winded introductions and recitations of titles and read descriptions of the sacred painted caves complete with people and a wolf relieving themselves in these sacred places Lots of repetition from previous books, from this book and not much action Ayla s daughter had chicken pox for HALF A PARAGRAPH Why even bother if it s clearly so unimportant And the twist of Jondalar being unfaithful [...]

    21. I heard horrible things about this book, unfortunately, because I was so looking forward to it, and even though my expectations had a damper put on them, I was eager to complete the story I actually won a copy of this book from First Reads program but did not shelve this on my first reads shelf because I won an unreadable pre publication edition that arrived a few weeks after the book had been published I waited and read a hardcover edition borrowed from my public library Very disappointing and [...]

    22. Many of the criticisms levelled at this book by other reviewers have a certain amount of truth to them To be honest not much does happen here, we get endless repetitions of the Mother s Song, lots of descriptions of cave art, and lots of mentions of the events of previous books this last, I think, should have been edited out as, let s face it, most people aren t going to come to this book cold Nevertheless it forms a very satisfying conclusion to the books, and I m not sure where else Ayla could [...]

    23. Just won this on GoodReads First Reads and am looking forward to it arriving I m hoping it will be like Clan of the Cave Bear and Valley of the Horses than like the following three in the series which I remember as having gotten repetitive But I never could resist following what happens to Ayla Got through it I have read very few Advanced Reading Editions of books and I can only hope that some hardcore editing is was done before the book is released The repetition is inexcusable and drags the s [...]

    24. The end of my marathon listening is both happy and sad Happy to see what Ayla and her family are up to but sad because at the end, I want I want to know of their adventures Yes, there is an end but I love them and want to see them go on having adventures and grandchildrenok, I m greedy I ve tried to come up with a good summary without giving away too much Finally, I decided to share a bit of a publishers summary Whatever the obstacles, Ayla s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the di [...]

    25. Boy, was I dissapointed with this one This was in solid 1 to 2 star territory until Part 3, which is really where all the action takes place That final 250 pages brings back old friends and presents new challenges while wrapping up the series with a satisfying ending That being said, the first 500 pages are overly wordy, repetitive not repetitive from earlier books in the series, repetitive within those 500 pages and, quite frankly, a bit boring There are only so many descriptions of painted cav [...]

    26. A heartbreaking disappointment This wasn t a work of literature, as much as a tiresome example of the copy paste function Page after page after page of repetitious descriptions and rehash of facts loyal fans already know And are irrelevant to new readers being introduced to the series through this book Absolutely no character development of the beloved heroine, Ayla No conflict or true plot for that matter until the final third of the book And, sadly, the story line that finally emerges there is [...]

    27. So far this book is awful, the editor should be fired I know it has been 20 years, but I haven t forgot the story or characters, so move it along a little faster please I am only sticking it out to finish the series.

    28. Before reading I wrote this had to stop everything i was reading to pick up this there better be some cro mag love making in this or i m gonna be pissed After reading OK so I dropped everything to read this Wow, was I ever disappointed I loved EC books 1 4 and 5 was OK, but this was just plain awful I don t know if it s because I m older now and jaded or what, but getting through this particularly the first two thirds was a chore Here s the deal if you loved the first few books you will probabl [...]

    29. Wow So, I know I m going to do a full Trashy Tuesday write up on this one in a few weeks, but I feel the need to jot down some thoughts on it while thiswhatever it was is fresh in my mind.First off, I d like to say that I give MAD props to Jean M Auel for finishing this series at her age HOWEVER, and I feel kind of bad saying this, but part of me wishes that she d not finished I remember the feeling I had when Stephen King got hit by that van, thinking Roland was going to die with him I still wo [...]

    30. A quick investigation of Jean M Auel tells me that she began publishing her Earth s Children series in 1980, and I must have been introduced to the series in about 1985 whenThe Mammoth Hunters was published So my impression that I ve been reading this series since the dawn of time has some foundation.The Land of Painted Caves is the sixth and, apparently, the final book in the series For those of you who don t know, these novels are set in the Ice Age and centered around Ayla, who is orphaned at [...]

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