The bestselling, Man Booker Prize-winning novel hailed as “a true achievement. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created. The Luminaries [Eleanor Catton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. Fair, A. “The Luminaries,” Eleanor Catton’s remarkable second novel — the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize — is a lot of things, and I mean a lot.

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Wow, I have never ever in my life read a book like this before! We never develop a true sense of who these people are.

Although I didn’t care for the meandering rambling books of Wilkie Collins, I am reminded here of his style, but Catton is so much more controlled, and possesses the modern day perspective in which to peer back. What she is notis a good editor!!!! Oct 21, Darwin8u rated it liked it Shelves: Her novel makes ample use of those accoutrements of an old-fashioned plot that surely partly explain luminariees motivates so many of our brightest writers today to set their fiction in the past: A Brief History of Seven Killings: But sometimes he hammed it up; and I’m never wild about ham actors.

The Luminaries is so plot-based that it didn’t give me that payback. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: The larger-than life characters and the sheer pointless fun of this story do, for me, recall comics put into prose.

Certainly whenever he caught his own reflection, in a window box, or in a pane of glass after nightfall, he felt a thrill of satisfaction – but as an engineer might feel, chancing upon a mechanism of his own devising and finding it cattn, flashing, properly oiled and performing exactly as he had predicted it should.


When his fingertip returned to the place from which he had begun, he jabbed his finger, sharply, to mark the place of return. Catton returned to Hokitika in March for the first time since December It is historical fiction set in Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

This story takes its focal point in Walter Moody, but at the same time it’s not at all about Walter Moody. Catton has artfully crafted a complex behemoth of a tale of the Gold Rush of in New Zealand.

At the time of Crosbie’s death he and Lydia are separated. Are you fascinated by New Zealand or the chaotic wild west? Unlike Waters and many other historical novelists luminqries application of modern values is subtle; characters are people of their time, though perhaps a greater percentage of the well-off white men are, without fanfare, decent and civil to ethnic minorities and to women of questionable backgrounds than may have been the case in the real mid nineteenth century.

The Luminaries – Wikipedia

Bit of a gimmick!! This is not just a book. Oct 16, Jaidee rated it it was amazing Shelves: She uses astrological charts and also personality traits to predict the futures of her fifteen or so main characters. As Mark comments, the structure …more In the court case, the value of the gold is exactly pounds. I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: The plot is centered on the New Zealand Gold Rush.

Open Preview See a Problem? On my calculation, that format would take around two weeks just to get through the Character Chart that is so helpfully placed at the luminariws of this hefty tome.


Though its scale of ambition and experiment, and sheer bulk, lead inevitably to a few imperfections that wouldn’t be found in a more conventionally-structured, polished novel of a quarter of its length.

A novel that can be enjoyed for its engrossing entirety, as well as for the literary gems bestowed on virtually every page. This is not a novel for readers who like their plots to be linear. Like Catton’s previous near-masterpiece, The Rehearsalthis suffers from a rather misleading cover. But to call this book a murder mystery would be like calling Harry Potter a book about ‘this boy who knows magic’or A Game of Thrones a book about ‘this girl with dragons’! Intricate, painstakingly detailed and deliciously readable It also acts like a spiral — or, to keep up the celestial theme, a black hole, stripping out information as it goes.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

I don’t think I can do any better describing it than this review from The Guardianwhich I’d have been better off reading before I read the novel.

I think it would also be perfectly possible to enjoy luminaties book as a story whilst ignoring or knowing little of these aspects. Libra is represented – perfectly – by Harald Nilssen, a commission merchant. I really can’t see how this lhminaries so popular.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

But Why I did not want to read this book initially: I wish I could have deemed The Luminaries a five-star book. It doesn’t feel like quite such a waste of time. The novel The Luminaries was born under the sign of Capricorn.