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. β€œThe Luminaries,” Eleanor Catton’s remarkable second novel β€” the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize β€” is a lot of things, and I mean a lot.

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Gemini is represented by Benjamin Lowenthal, a Jewish newspaper editor and a character in need of richer development. If I had read this before I bought and invested so much time reading a book too long for this reader to enjoy, I would never have bought lumknaries in the first place.

The plot is interesting, but at times ends up being a little redundant. There are descriptions enduring dozens of paragraphs about a character’s personality.

There is Anna Wetherell, a pretty and popular local whore. Not positive I got those numbers right, though. Out, out, brief candle! The audio was excellent. At pages, it might seem like self-indulgence, especially in a market awash with historical novels, catotn looser and baggier than the original novels that inspired them. Michael Chabon was perhaps the most unlikely comparison I kept making as I read. For nothing in this enormous book, luminarirs its exotic a For me, at least, the greatest mystery of this massive whodunit is how it won the Booker Prize.

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. And even though the writing was oh-so-tedious, in places it was brilliant AND the plot was rather good!!!!!


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David Mitchell recently embraced modern technology by p Punching below its weight Maybe the fashion for the kind of book that would land you in the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital if you dropped it on your foot has to do with a reaction against our concentration-challenged age of swift soundbites, manic multi-tasking and permanent drip feed of tweets and messages that collude to reduce our ability to focus long and lovingly on one task to the level of a mosquito on speed.

There’s a lot to process all the time, however once you get past page I feel things get a lot easier to process. But it is the method of spinning the story that has synergistically bumped up the complexity. View all 40 comments.

The Luminaries: A Novel (Man Booker Prize): Eleanor Catton: : Books

The reader is tempted to resort to the term Dickensian. She lived in Yorkshire until the age of 13, before her catto settled in Canterbury, New Zealand. However, if luminarues never read it, I recommend that you do so because this is quite a unique reading experience! At the time of Crosbie’s death he and Lydia are separated. So farewell, best of luck, and Fhe know you’re going to find a whole heap o’ love out there, coz’ you’re a real looker, you Man Booker.

I wish I could have deemed The Luminaries a five-star book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Like Catton’s previous near-masterpiece, The Rehearsalthis suffers from a rather misleading cover.


What she is notis a good editor!!!! Everyone has a horoscope, whether they’ve ever taken any notice of it or not. She is unpretentious and straightforward for the most part. View all 24 comments. I gain insights, I identify with the characters, I experience a different part of the world.

Luminqries all 21 comments. It is art in writing. The Luminaries First hardcover edition. If you have a spare week, read it. After pages it needed a stronger finish. View all 8 comments. Catton follows neither of these dictums.

The Luminaries

The Luminaries has a gripping plot that is cleverly unravelled to its satisfying conclusion, a narrative that from the first page asserts that it is firmly in control of where luminarries is taking us Catton has artfully crafted a complex behemoth of a tale of the Gold Rush of in New Zealand. But she has at least made a rather stupendous work of art out of it – one started when she would have been only Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

A courageous introvert, a fastidious intellectual, virile yet chilly, dignified and aloof and rich with hidden depths. The setting is in the gold rush days of 19th century New Zealand. Ruth Rendell is just as good, if less historically minded, if I want a cheery bit of murder and mayhem and a nice wee puzzle solved at the end.