The Caves of Perigord The Caves of Perigord

The Caves of Perigord

A Novel

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Publisher Description

In a brilliant and ambitious thriller that combines elements of Jean Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear and Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth into a riveting, multifaceted tale of love, art, courage, and war, Martin Walker brings to life the creation of an extraordinary work of prehistoric cave art and the struggle to possess it in our own time.

Martin Walker’s richly interwoven novel opens with the arrival of a mysterious package for a young American woman working in a London auction house. Brought by a British officer, it contains a 17,000-year-old fragment of a cave painting left to him by his father, a former World War II hero.

The fragment, significant and stunning in itself, is also the key to the existence of an un-known cave that may be more important in the history of art and human creation than the world-famous one at Lascaux. It triggers a storm of publicity and commands the attention of the French authorities all the way up to the President of the Republic, who seems to know more about the painting's origins than anyone else...

As the young American woman, the British officer, and a French government art historian explore the ancient province of Périgord to determine the painting’s origins, their search serves as backdrop for three compelling stories. There is the tale of the British officer’s father who lands in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 to organize the Resistance, culminating in a series of battles to prevent the SS Das Reich Panzer Division from reaching the Normandy beaches in time to repel the D-Day invasion, which leads to an account of the subsequent discovery—and cover-up—of the lost cave and its paintings. And there is also the moving story of the young artist who painted them, the woman he loved, and the ancient culture that produced the first recognizable human art but required the sacrifice of its own creators.

Filled with vivid, historically accurate details and imaginative re-creations of prehistoric life, The Caves of Périgord blends a complex plot and richly diverse characters into a seamless narrative of romance, tragedy, and heroism from past to present.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
April 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Mommaoldie ,

Specialized

Although I greatly enjoyed this novel, I wouldn't recommend it to many of my friends. Following a story in three different time periods can be difficult. Also, some knowledge of the Resistance is almost necessary to comprehend that thread of the novel. The ending is just a bit anticlimactic. I don't think the theft of the artifact was necessary to further the plot. Still, the idea that more treasures from the past are out there waiting to be found is inspiring.

hewes26 ,

The Caves of Perigord, by Martin Walker

Fantastic novel and history lesson, brilliant recounting of French Resistance during WW II and a moving paean to art and the artists who gave us our first museums in the hallowed caves of the valley of humankind. Bravo!

If you have read any of Martin Walker's "Bruno, Chief of Police" mysteries (that's the first title), you will love the Caves novel, for it features some characters and wines and the compelling region of those books in a beautifully crafted work of research, imagination, and storytelling. Truly excellent. - Jeremy Joan Hewes

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