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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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There are also some scenes on board various ships, especially the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver, who I describe a bit more below. The Luminaries has been perfectly constructed as the consummate literary page-turner.

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

Did you love “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr? This is mostly a plot device for us to find out more about what happened. Is this then purely an achievement of plotting? Out of sight, out of mind.

There’s a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like: The Wild, Wild West, a frontier filled with dreamers, convicts, schemers and entrepreneurs. Yes characters had some backstory but they all felt uninspired to me. There is an intricate plot and a theatrical cast of characters whose passions, motivations, and desires bounce and reflect off each other in a dizzying kaleidoscope.

At times, I felt I mined the grand lukinaries of the story, and at other times, it blew away like dust. It’s not about story at all. She lived in Luminaroes until the age of 13, before her family settled in Canterbury, New Zealand.


So, here we have pages of what is a very clever, intricate, well-written, historical mystery novel. It deserves its accolades thus far and I do hope it makes the shortlist, but did I love it? It was about solving a series of mysterious occurrences and crimes in s New Zealand when mining the goldfields was the way to make your fortune.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

You will already have unravelled all the vagaries of the plot by then, and you can end on the sweet note of Anna and Staines arriving in New Zealand, ready to face the myriad adventures that await them in catron previous pages.

This world turned on its head is an eerie place. Or in this case, the architecture of astrology. It makes scarce concessions to those longing for explanations or a simple plotline; it will give you the opportunity to come into its world and be surrounded, enveloped A strong and thick hardcover book, a complicated structure, a soft heart lurking luminariss.

Retrieved 17 October And so it is with the author of The Luminaries, a Libra on the cusp of Virgo. Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cxtton be put together into love.

If this was a Victorian paint-by-numbers competition, Catton would have top marks. We encounter most of them in Hokitika, although many have come there from elsewhere. The Narrow Road to the Deep North. View all 24 comments.

This needs no review, except to say that reading this was an experience I’ll not soon forget akin to reading The Goldfinchand it has quickly become one of my favorite books of the year, if not of all time.

The problem with Catton is all the writers I want to compare her to Pynchon, Dickens, Carey, Nabokov demolish her prose. Otherwise, the two books are alike as fish and feathers.


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

After pages it needed a stronger finish. Apr 25, Mona rated it liked it. And it is all wonderfully done, yes, but the thing is it doesn’t matter. And even though the writing was oh-so-tedious, in places it was brilliant AND the plot was rather good!!!!! Catton at the age of 28 has written a novel that will stand the test of time. An exquisite world unto itself. Oh when the plot is filled with atmosphere, tension, gorgeous descriptions, in depth characterisations….

And thhe certainly faster reading than most nineteenth-century originals.

The first chapters are endless with one-line introductions – the last chapters are shorter than their introductions. These issues may not be explored in detail in The Luminaries the book’s structure restricts Tauwhare’s voice, mirroring the wider society but Tauwhare still speaks eloquently, for all that he does not say.

But we also see this theme manifest in the way that so many of the characters are trying to forge their own paths in life, to act on or against the world gold prospectors in search of a life-transforming nugget, of course, but others as wellyet are scuppered by the actions of others.

I am ashame I’m abandoning this book, with regret for having read it against my better judgement, without more thorough research. There are 12 chapters, each of which is almost exactly half the length of the previous.

Retrieved 11 November Man Booker Prize The Luminaries though, te from a writing perspective a fairly mind-boggling achievement that sounds almost as difficult,and almost as much a potential impediment to producing a good story, as do the letter-missing-out antics of Georges Perec.