Jean M. Auel Message Board
Donna posts on 6/14/2011 1:47:47 PM
Well we're all intitled to our opinions but I don't see how you came up with Ayla not having a major "loss" in this book. I thought the loss of a child was a huge loss, not to mention the lack of love she received from Jonde after the affair. This book was lacking so much for the Ayla we all came to love. She deserved much better! But, that's how I saw it. I'm disappointed, to say the least.
Lisa Daum posts on 6/13/2011 11:59:24 PM
Unlike a bunch of other posters on this site, I LOVED The Land of the Painted Caves. After all that Ayla has been through in her life I was relieved that she found some happiness and that there were no more huge losses in her life.
If all the people that hated it think they can write a better book, then they should try doing it. It's much more difficult than whining on this website.
lorraine posts on 6/13/2011 1:41:57 PM
I have just finished the last in the series and am so dissapointed.After waiting so long, could not believe how repeditive and downright boring the whole thing was. Did'nt even feel as if it was by the same author, read like a cheap chic flick. No continuity from book 5. Been reading these since 1980.....totally gutted.
Anwen posts on 6/11/2011 9:37:20 PM
I was also somewhat disappointed in "The Land of Painted Caves". I was hoping that Ms. Auel would be able to complete the series as planned and we would see Ayla throughout her life. I was truly upset by the circumstances of the "Mother Festival" and feel it was not up to Ms. Auel's usual par.
I do know that Ms. Auel has been in poor health and there have been other family circumstances that have very likely been extremely stressful for her and more than likely the cause of her health problems.
I'm wondering if she might consent to another author - with her overseeing - might write a couple more of Ayla's stories and possibly give us a more satisfactory end to Ayla's tale.
donorma posts on 6/11/2011 7:07:34 PM
Tedious,too many words. The story such as it is could have been told in a couple of hundred pages and saved alot of paper. As the old saying goes, see one painted cave and you have seen them all. I was hoping for one last contact with the Clan, but it didn't happen. Maybe we have come to expect too much, the previous books having been so great. Can't help but being disappointed though.
john posts on 6/10/2011 9:22:00 PM
Having just read the the land of the painted caves, any comments I can offer will not be good. Jean you have lost your fantastic writting skills and should start writting for TV soaps cause thats what this book was like :(:(:(
Irene posts on 6/10/2011 7:54:12 PM
I just finished Land of the Painted Caves and did not want it to end. I thought this book was fabulous. As I closed the book I thought to myself can't wait for the next one. It is too bad that it is the last one.
Dee sanders posts on 6/9/2011 11:30:04 PM
What a phenomenal disappointment
Maggie posts on 6/8/2011 12:00:40 AM
I just finished reading Painted Caves and to be completly honest...it stank. Not since Renec has there ever been anyone else for Ayla. And then it was all a huge misunderstanding. Why have a situation about another women when the conflict was already there about Ayla's training. I really wish this had been a better read. And what about the son she keeps seeing in her visions? Their is always two of them but they have a daughter. This book feels and reads like it was unfinished and out of sync with all the others. This was very disappointing.
Blueberry posts on 6/6/2011 6:31:10 PM
I meant to write that it is the STONE AGE Institute where an acquaintance heard that Jean has been ill, not ICE AGE. Sam and all, you are not the first to wonder if Jean had a ghost writer or let her editors go or simply didn't CARE or was/is so ill she rushed it through. It's anyone's guess. I wish she'd explain it. So many of us are sorely disappointed, sick at heart, even disgusted.
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