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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I wish there was a translator for Maori though!

There are two or three contenders between which I can hardly choose. Join too many ‘exercises’ in the writer’s craft together, and I become frustated.

OK, I’m not sure if that actually ever happens, but at points in the novel it felt like it did. I need to reread this book someday because this is one of those books that you need to read again in order to understand everything. In The Luminaries, Catton describes a man looking into a mirror in this way.

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Not only that but Catton has partially refashioned astrology to her own purpose by making each of the main characters a sign or a planet, and various buildings the houses on the chart – such that, for example, Mercury in Aries means a meeting of those two characters.

But even reading for several hours at a time, an indulgence made easier by the fact that we have no TV blethering in a corner of the room, and more difficult by the fact that there is a need to earn a bit of money and speak to people and get off the sofa and move about a bit sometimes, it still took me eight days to plough through all Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves.

Nothing is true except when compared to something else. Aquarius the Water-bearer abhors restrictions and eschews barriers, seeking the enlightenment beyond, traveling the stars without and within, ever in search of wisdom. Retrieved 14 March Walter Moody, trained as a lawyer luminaties Scotland, comes to dig for gold.


The Luminaries is an average story. Most of the men luminarles entangled, in some way, with Anna, the whore, who remains opaque until the end. I read so I can relax and enjoy being swept away into another world.

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Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. I loved how the story built up to a certain day and an event… and then the story moved back in time piecing together all the little snippets of information until the final picture was revealed.

A Brief History of Seven Killings: If that offends you to your very core, then stop reading now. The novel has many attributes — excellent dialogue, humour, great observation, as when two acquaintances at a party share the same expression: Last, but not least, is Francis Carver, a ship’s captain and ex-convict.

There’s lots of plotting and double-crossing. It is historical fiction set in But this book is filled with paragraphs upon paragraphs, pages upon pages, which could be cut out completely or at least shortened considerably. The Luminaries has a gripping lluminaries that is cleverly unravelled to its satisfying conclusion, a narrative that from the first page asserts that it is firmly in control of where it is taking us The incarcerated, in prison or an Alpine sanitorium.

Needless to say it got cayton At the time of Crosbie’s death he and Lydia are separated. Perhaps we don’t know to whom we’re speaking; perhaps we ask before we truly know who’s listening, or before we even believe that listener exists.

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Its a very clever, very well plotted intrigue of a book. It isand young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. Ok, I get that this is supposed to be in the style tge a nineteenth century novel, since it takes place in New Zealand in the ‘s. Each of the twelve men who comprise the council in the first chapter of the book is associated with one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.


However, I finished the book with a dropped jaw and a mouth hanging open. The larger-than life characters and the sheer pointless fun of this story do, for me, recall cattin put into prose. The novel begins with a crowded, opulent jumble lumimaries characters and detail, like a sky full of dazzling stars. However The Luminaries is pages of story in a hardback weighing 1. There are many other minor characters, such as various lawyers for the prosecution. But you can’t rely on another person’s conscience to live the life you want to live.

Ruth Rendell is just luminarifs good, if less historically minded, if I want a cheery bit of murder and mayhem and a nice wee puzzle solved at the end. View all 51 comments.

It’s not me, book, it’s you. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Catton’s impeccably plotted yarn invites us to dwell in this time and place. Libra is represented – perfectly – by Harald Nilssen, a commission merchant.

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But the story is weighed down by overwrought description. This world turned on its head is an eerie place.

He did something similar with George Shepherd. It is the time of the gold rush in New Zealand, the s, where a rich and full cast are brought together in what amounts almost rhe a comedy of errors.

Instead, he stumbles into a tense meeting between twelve local men, and is drawn into a complex mystery that is covering up a series of unsolved crimes.

What we got were pastiches at best. There’s a trend among reviews of three stars or te on this book to say things like: View all 4 comments.