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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Don’t tell me who someone is; show me through clever use of anecdotes and dialogue. I liked the beginning, started to identify with the first character, Moody, then lost the plot when the other 14 or so main characters took over the story.
A short word before I get into my review. View all 27 comments. Though perhaps it’s only if one’s had much familiarity with astrology that it doesn’t seem off-key to see it applied to non-adherents, to things and people which seem unrelated to the subject.
It is art in writing. I LOVE a good slow burner. Retrieved 27 May As of AugustThe Luminaries had soldcopies, luuminaries whichwere sold in New Zealand.
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This is not a novel for readers who like their plots to be linear. And even though the writing was oh-so-tedious, in places it was brilliant AND the plot was rather good!!!!! View all 65 comments. See I get this perverse pleasure out of disagreeing with books, especially books with omniscient narrators!!!
Well, for one thing she does take loving care over her characters, taking paragraphs to carefully fill in all the details of their appearance and personality. This is not an important book. It just isn’t my kind of novel and continuing was going to take too much of my precious reading time. Indeed, one of catotn respected literary prizes.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review
May Still loved this on rereading. I’ve read that writers should show and not tell; and cut anything that doesn’t advance the story.
There are 5 other equally important characters represented luminsries planets. I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: Oh my god pages of set-up Intricate, painstakingly detailed and deliciously readable So the chapters go on decreasing in length steadily, till the twelfth chapter wherein the introduction is longer than the content itself.
Why I did not want to read this book initially: I doff my top hat and bow.
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Most have a cartoonish yet complex quality which reminds me of good comics. Where The Rehearsal was fractured and ctton, The Luminaries luminarise the appearance of being more conventional: Now I don’t think that Catton has an issue with Asians, but it does chafe on a personal level how little they are respected in this novel.
Each knows at least one thing not at first disclosed to the others. In this respect, the novel appears too clever for its own good.
I was so looking forward to being immersed in it; alas, I got absolutely no feeling for it. She does a lot of telling, and there is a lot of blah-blah-blah that doesn’t advance the story, but merely repeats things we already know.