The Land of Painted Caves

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Random House Publishing Group, 2011 - Fiction - 764 pages
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In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth's Children®, to an extraordinary conclusion. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks. Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla's mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. But all the time Ayala has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.

 

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

It felt as though this series had run its course by the time I got to book 5, and I picked up this final instalment with some trepidation. Would it be possible to breathe new life into this stuttering ... Read full review

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

The last of the series. I think that I read the first one over 20 years ago. I think that this series is an education in human history. Very detailed dialogue, but interesting story and characters to the end. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
30
Section 4
49
Section 5
65
Section 6
78
Section 7
92
Section 8
112
Section 12
221
Section 13
261
Section 14
342
Section 15
380
Section 16
412
Section 17
450
Section 18
489
Section 19
511

Section 9
134
Section 10
152
Section 11
183
Section 20
761
Section 21
765
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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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