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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You will either be intoxicated by this big brawl of a book, or weighed down in its heft. Some hope to make that lucky strike, others attach themselves like parasites to stars on the rise and the canniest let the eager do the dirty work while they provide the booze, drugs and women for which all men—regardless of their luck—will lay down cash money.

From the scar on Captain Francis Carver’s cheek, to the widow’s garment on Anna Wetherell’s gaunt frame, the lively images and descriptions animate this boisterous, vibrant story.

My shelves no longer have room for such large tomes. So you could say that The Luminaries at its heart was a love story between man and gold! I’ve read that Good Story and Characters, but Tediously Long Winded and Repetitive Here’s an page novel that would have been much better if it had been cut to pages. Showing of 1, reviews. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. The past is such an important part of the novel that the narrative continues after its climactic resolution with a series of escalating chapters that take the reader back to where it all began.


Characters were so many, their voices seem to merge into the same sound.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

This is the most cliched review you’ll read today but: If this other world is so boring and tortuous that luminarues makes me want to stop reading, it’s just not worth it. Did you love “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr? A classic fictional edifice is undermined with one of its own tools. This lengthy review was an attempt to live in it again. Or it gets boring, dull, repetitive!!!

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.

Her commitment to the artificiality of her project is complete. 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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review | Books | The Guardian

There is nothing I hate more than a patronising narrator. It has all the elements of a pitch-perfect Dickensian mystery novel: Like most excessively beautiful persons, he had studied his own reflection minutely and, in a way, knew himself from the outside best; he was always in some chamber of his mind perceiving himself from the exterior.

In his fascination Moody sought less to praise his own beauty than to master it. Tales of skullduggery and crime often recounted through the medium of conversations between men – sometimes in the telling itself, sometimes as a deep-sea dive into a framed narrative like Heart of Darkness. These affect the world physically, silting up the Hokitika River; and Catton never allows us to forget that this is land which once belonged to the Maori. Or in this case, the architecture of astrology.


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. David Mitchell recently embraced modern technology by publishing a story on twitter.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

Aries the Ram thrusts forward, discarding the past except as a symbol of what has been overcome. She belongs on the shelf next to Eggers, just not next to Nabokov. Do we really need to look at the same event from twelve different angles?

Very glad I read this book!! Moody is soon drawn catyon a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. For me, at least, the greatest mystery of this massive whodunit is how it won the Booker Prize.

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

They began to form a crowd in my mind, all speaking the same voice, their personalties indiscernible. Do you like stories with elements of the supernatural, murder, blackmail and intrigue? In this respect, the novel appears too clever for its own good. I doff my top hat and bow.

There are two major scenes in The Luminaries where this happens: All must bow to the wonder of Virgo!