The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
A Novel (Earth's Children)

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12 Critic Reviews

Chunks of scholarship indicate extensive research, but the novel never quite apprehends the sheer difference of the deep past.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

BONUS: This edition contains a reading guide and an interview with Jean M. Auel.
 
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
 
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
 
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
 
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series.
 

About Jean M. Auel

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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.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Bantam. 770 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Land of Painted Caves
All: 12 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent

...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.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Mar 18 2011

...Jane Auel lovingly puts to rest the family she created in 1980 and has nurtured ever since.

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Examiner

Below average
on Apr 22 2011

...this last novel is just not up to her earlier standards and probably will not be up to yours either.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Pauline Finch on Mar 29 2011

The unique interweaving of spirituality, visual art and the healing arts is by far the greatest achievement of Auel's six-book epic, but no more so than in THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES, where Ayla, as a spiritual leader-in-training, experiences the overwhelming power of a universal Mother who gave birth to everything in the universe.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
on Apr 15 2011

Chunks of scholarship indicate extensive research, but the novel never quite apprehends the sheer difference of the deep past.

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LA Times

Good
on Mar 27 2011

...devoted fans will be left longing for at least one more book before Ayla's journey ends.

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Express

Below average
on Apr 17 2011

...her narrow vision reduces one of creation's true miracles into novelicious chick-lit.

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Oregon Live

Below average
on Apr 02 2011

Readers may need their own pole-drag to lug the 757-page book around.

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About.com

Above average
Reviewed by John M. Formy-Duval on Mar 20 2014

Despite its rambling, episodic narrative, The Land of Painted Caves is an appropriate conclusion to this long tale. It is a saga that, in Ayla’s time, would have been told around a fire as the evening’s entertainment.

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The National

Below average

All the more of a let-down, then, that the climactic novel descends into turgidity...

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Mar 28 2011

...read this book for the lovely descriptions — the pristine beauty of the plains, steppes and forests. The organic meals of wild game, Cattail rhizomes and thistle stems. Ayla skinning a wolverine, weaving baskets. You'll be more than satisfied.

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Curious Book Fans

Good
on Apr 02 2011

...this is a beautiful and fitting end to a saga beloved by so many.

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