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1.0 out of 5 stars From prehistory to Peyton Place, 9 April 2011
This review is from: The Land of Painted Caves (Earths Children 6) (Hardcover)
Oh dear oh dear, what a dismal end to an innovative and initially gripping saga. Having read and reread the first four books with great enjoyment, and felt let down by number five, this last one really takes the series out with a whimper. I felt as if we were in a small town in America (apologies to Americans), with cosy family households in the cave, visiting each other and taking tea. What happened to all the promise of the shamanisitc powers that Ayla was training for? Off they go on a long drawn out 'tour' of the painted caves, so boring it could have been planned by Cooks. Do all the shamans, the donii, perform any rituals in these amazing places and attempt to engage in the spirit world? No, they just gawp at the pictures, make a few comments and plod off to the next one. All that was lacking were cameras to take holiday snaps.

The drinking parties of the male groups, and the sexual shenanigans of Jondalar, then Ayla, was more like Peyton Place than prehistoric Europe..

Information was imparted by lecture - show, don't tell, Ms Auel. The editors of this book need to put some red ink in their pens - it was far too verbose, padded with repitition after repitition, including the abysmal 'poetry' of the Mother's song, churned out ad nauseum. And introducing names like Belladora and Domenica - how slipshod.

The conclusion of the root drinking for the shamanic trip did not add anything new. This was approached like a group of teenagers experimenting with drugs for the first time.

I've recommended this series to people, and eagerly awaited this last book. It has just wasted a week of my life reading it, and killed all the delight in the characters as portrayed in the previous books. Like other reviewers, I suggest you stop at number four, and invent your own ending.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2011 12:05:19 BDT
Christine says:
I just turned over page after page when the verses started being repeated I started to feel sick, total rubbish

Posted on 20 Apr 2011 09:21:49 BDT
Icouldn't agree more. I have recommended this series of books to countless people and then THIS? It is just appalling and I am only half way through. The repeating of information from other books and from this book is just wholly unacceptable, I too can't believe that Jean Auel wrote this and as for someone suggesting there is a nother book still to come? forget it.
Here's my suggestion. Take all the other books and throw them up in the air then spend the next 10 days reading a chapter at random from any one of them where they fall. That will be a more enjoyable read than this book is I am am sure.
Such a disappointment.
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