Weave the blog entries into themes
The "book" is not a narrative story, but rather is a bound collection of the authors daily blog or journal entries. These entries are not paragraphs with a theme- they are snippits as short as a few words stretched into a legal sentence or as long as a few sentences about something the author's family dealt with on a given date. I enjoyed the discussions about the family's dining experiences, which seem to play a central role in the book and clearly in Ms. James' own interests. I also enjoyed her discussions about unique aspects of life in Paris such as the interactions with the homeless. Given Ms. James' self-described bout with cancer, it is understandable, but no less detracting, that this book is an introspective on her family rather than a story about what it is like living abroad (as might be inferred from the book's title).
After nine years of research and writing, the 6th and presumably final book in the series fails to take Ayla and her fellow Cro-magnons any farther than a very anthropoligically detailed Paleolithic episode of "Days of Our Lives". Ms. Auel again delivers her rich narrative bringing the cave-dwellers to life but the story lacked any punch. I was most disappointed that the central theme was a love triangle of betrayal and redemption and avoided any of the possible storylines that could have seen Ayla serve a role in a clash or reconciliation with her half-Clan son or any other meaningful "adventure" or conflict. As many of the major daytime soaps are now being pulled from the networks, it serves notice that the public wants more than half-baked romantic trists- regardless of the era.
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