Jean M. Auel Message Board

Jan Parr posts on 7/17/2011 7:42:32 AM Having read all of Jean Auel's books, I really looked forward to reading this sequel but was very disappointed. It it as if the author wanted to get it over with so she filled the pages with repetition of "introductions" and "Mother Song". Overall one of the most boring books I have ever read. I feel cheated.
Diane King posts on 7/14/2011 6:04:28 PM I was so disappointed in this book. It was like she couldn't thing of anything to write so she kept writing about stuff that happened in her other books. I wish I had never read it.
Rosie A posts on 7/7/2011 6:35:59 PM I cannot believe this is the final novel in the series. So many of the threads have been left hanging.

Susanne Markman posts on 7/7/2011 3:57:07 AM Ms. Auel. Enthralled with the characters, the time, place and story. Since Ayla comes in contact with those of mixed origin, Cave and the others, is it possible that she can meet the groups that they originate from? Can we find out what happened to Durc? We know that Ayla and before her the Mogur of the clan are able to see the disappearance of the clan, the Neanderthals, as the Cro Magnon's become dominant. Before that end can you let us see what has become of Durc? So much is improbable but wonderful reading. Can the reunion of Durc and Ayla finally take place?
john bradshaw posts on 7/6/2011 12:57:06 PM I just wonder in the "reality fiction" or as it probably was in those distant times, perhaps the odds of Ayla ever seeing her son again or any of her CLAN again would have been millions to one. She has written pretty close to the bone of those times as they probably were. I think she has finished folks.
CAF posts on 7/6/2011 11:35:59 AM While I fall in line with the complaints of boring repetiveness in dwelling on details of the caves, etc., and the swing away from the characterizations we have come to care about, I am rationalizing that in this, Auel's swan song, she feels compelled to display the many years of research she put into writing the series at the expense of the story-telling we have previously enjoyed and admired.
Diane Schmitt posts on 7/4/2011 3:04:26 PM I waited a long time for this book to be written and would like to see the saga continued. I am sure we would like to know how Ayla eventually leads her people and if she ever reunites with her son. There are alot of characters in this book that I would like to see what happens to them as more knowledge is gained. There was a lot of repetitive writting in this novel, but all in all I liked it.
Sérgio posts on 7/3/2011 8:47:19 PM Will the books 5 and 6 be translated to portuguese language.? I asked the EuropAmerica editors several times about book 5 and they say that there is no date for that, so should i have no hope for that to happen?!
DonJ posts on 6/29/2011 1:22:22 AM She has taken about 10 years or so each time to write the last two books. At her age, another 10 years seems unlikely, especially as this last book seemed disjointed as compared to the first 3. I wish they would make this into a TV series. There are some good writers out there that could do a great job with this. And I know the first movie was pretty much a flop. But done right, this could be a great hit on prime time TV.
Jim Heffler posts on 6/28/2011 6:29:13 PM People can throw bricks at me if they want but I enjoyed Land of Painted Caves. I understand the issues of repetitiveness and I understand the things left hanging but, still, it was good to visit Ayla and her world one more time. I believe that Ms. Auel will continue the series if time and health permit. I believe that she, as well as we, wants to know how Durc fared and what happens when Ayla is finally First and other things that I suspect she does not want to drop either. This series started as a short story and Ms. Auel changed her mind. It wouldn't surprise me if, in her mind, it is now an ongoing series, at least as long as she has a story to tell.
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