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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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. Jul 18, Jim Morrissey rated it did not like it. The depth and breadth of her experiences while writing all this are absolutely commendable. Nov 23, Jennie rated it it was ok Shelves: There are only so many descriptions of paint Boy, was I dissapointed with this one.

Ayla and the First decide to start Ayla’s Donier Tour– a tour of the sacred caves in the wider region. I’m hoping it will be more 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. It made me sad that this book ended on such a negative note; that instead of Ayla contributing somehow to the future of mankind as had been teased throughout the sagashe was the singular cause of its eventual “downfall”into a patriarchal system.


The pacing is all over the place. Nothing like making a stomach bug feel worse by reading a very disappointing book. Plot [ edit ] 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.

I adored this whole series up until the last two. And the whole Zelandonii thing is like some vast New Age commune who take their religion with deadly seriousness.

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If you are considering this series, I would seriously consider skipping this book. Also Ayla and Jondalar drove me crazy with their jealousy in this like they did in The Mammoth Hunters.

Jun 08, DeAnna rated it did not like it. Talk about going out with a whimper.

The Land of Painted Caves

The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. It seemed to me that Jondular and Ayla still hadn’t gotten past the problems that they had in MH. What happened to Durc.

That final pages brings back old friends and presents new challenges while wrapping up the series with a satisfying ending. Now if I do see them, I will just be thinking of the fat chick peeing in the corner and Wolf taking a crap on the path.

See all 5 questions about The Land of Painted Caves…. Although, lately, I get tired easily. The third part was where the published story should have started. I guess there are spoilers?

That said, here I go. I don’t know what happened to Jean Auel’s writing skills in the hiatus, but this book is purely awful! If she wanted to share what she’d learned about the painted caves she could have done that in a much shorter book.


Maybe they will learn to hate Ayla now or at least re-imagine that what she brought to the world wreaked havoc.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Even Ayla’s drug-induced “calling” was disappointing. May 05, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Written about for Trashy Tuesday here.

He has his own out-of-character moments. Just when things might get interesting, Auel hastily wraps up the journey in two paragraphs and stumbles into Part Three.

All because she realized that the penis has a biological paintedd for procreation. The rituals themselves bring her close to death.

And clearly you are very proud of it. Most of the first and second parts of the book involve Ayla’s acolyte training to become Zelandoni.

And it’s not like the first two parts have any real importance to the last part. This has to be the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen for a long-anticipated book by a popular author.

Why the frak did she choose Laramar of all people?

Also, they go in caves and travel.