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The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children)


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ISBN13: 9780553383201
ISBN10: 0553383205
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The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago. The Land of Painted Caves is an exquisite achievement by one of the world's most beloved authors.

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Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth’s Children® series have 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 named an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government’s Ministry of Culture. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

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Sanela Portland, January 20, 2013 (view all comments by Sanela Portland)
In the 1980s I had read the first three books of the Earth's Children Series by Jane M. Auel: The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses and The Mammoth Hunters. These books left a lasting impact on me.
Then sometimes in the March of the last year, I happened to come by display of the newest book by Jane M. Auel, The Land of Painted Caves. After checking out the book, I was surprised to learn that this was the final book in the Earth's Children Series; and that there were two more books in the series of which I have not even been aware, The Plains of Passage (the fourth) and The Shelters f Stone (the fifth book in the Series). Hence, I set out to reread the first three books and to acquaint myself with the last three books of the Series. So here, I would like this commentary to be praise to entire series not just to The Land of Painted Caves.
My favourite stories have always been those in which different cultures and different traditions overcome their differences and co-exist, as opposed to perpetually conflicting one another. And this book series is such. I was mesmerized by the detail of every day life of prehistoric people and extensive description in which way Neanderthal and Cro-Magnons were different. However, what really spoke to me was premise that innovation (be it social or technological), new ways of being, of understanding, new tradition, new culture is always born at the intersection of the two old traditions. And at the intersection point of this, there is always a human change agent who has knowing, understanding, empathy and compassion of and for both. In this Series that heroine is Ayla. She is born to Cro-Magnons, but raised by Neanderthals. She carries information of two opposing worlds. And as every hero, so does Ayla, goes on a hero's journey from caves of the people with whom she grew up, back to 'her' people. Yet she is forever and irrevocably changed. So her journey is that of the reconciliation of the opposites. She is an ambassador of both traditions, for she is both, but neither at the same time. She continuously has to invent and reinvent herself along the way, as well as she has to invent new ways in how to survive for she threads were no one threaded before. In such a way she also becomes symbol of light bearer for humanity.
I find it curious that The Land of Painted Caves came about the time when Herzog's documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams revealed the beauty of the Chauvet Cave to the world, which features prominently in the book. I wish that Auel's publisher will come up with special edition of the series that would have detailed map and colour images of the archeological sites, and artifacts that were inspiration to this Series.
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Darlene Almer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Darlene Almer)
It had been many years since I had read the other books in Jean Auel's series, yet I remembered the characters that reappear in this continuation of her books. Series books have always been my favorite as you get to know the characters intimately and in many different situations, you actually see them grow and experience so many situations. Jean did not disappoint me with this sequel, extremely interesting settings, great imaginative situations and locations. Again, she hit the nail on the head with painting the picture in my head with each page I turned. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the previous books in this series.
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