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Useful, but flawed as a guidebook.
on 20 November 2014
This is a useful book, but also very flawed. There is a lot of information about the history of each cave and its art, but this information is available elsewhere. If you are buying this book it is probably because you want to use it as a guide whilst physically visiting caves. Unfortunately although useful in as far as the book provides a list of visitable caves and some contact info, it is largely a missed opportunity to be genuinely helpful.
For example a map and description of the location of each cave would have been invaluable, as finding the caves can be difficult. Lots of the sites around Les Ezyies are actually within walking distance of each other but this is in no way made clear by the text. Many of the addresses given are actually the administrative addresses of the body that manages the cave, the physical location of the cave is often not given.
Despite apparently being revised in 2012 a great deal of the information is out of date and thus planning in advance and much googling is necessary. I would say that we found at least half the visiting arrangements described in the book were out of date in summer 2014. A book like this really needs an accompanying website to host up to date information.
So a little less information about each cave, and a little more attention given to the niceties of an actual guidebook, like maps etc would have immensely improved this book.
I think it is still useful as there is sadly at present no better book available, but do telephone the tourist office in the area you are planning to visit, and consult google, for up to date information.