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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Archived from the original on 4 August What can I remove to the charity shop. So what is The Luminaries about???

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

View all 4 comments. You are always in control directing us poor meek clueless readers…. It is set in New Zealand among gold diggers; however, very little of the story deals with actual gold digging. But for all that, a literary prize winner that demands so much time should offer more, surely?

So the novel spirals down to a singularity, a moment poised between the infinite possibility ahead cattoh those experiencing it, and the inevitable tragedy that we know will unfold. But I resented their actual parts and paths in the narrative – and that’s all Eleanor Catton.

I heard that the chapter layout does this really awesome winding down thing??? Pisces yearns for escape, in dreams, in drugs, in art, in the dark damp spaces. Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love.


I feel like I’m late to the party here, but I only just realized it. Which is so refreshing!

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

I don’t think I can do any better describing it than this review from The Guardianwhich I’d have been better off reading before I read the novel. If she can describe one tiny element of person or situation in one paragraph then it is MUCH too brief luminariws her.

I usually find that challenging novels pay me back for the effort I put into reading them. What they characters are saying is generally exciting, and sometimes the chats become a framing device, but the format led to a slight background monotony that was at odds with my otherwise great enjoyment of the book.

This is not an important book. View all 27 comments. While the reviewer sees these traits as a mark of meta literary genius, for me it was just the opposite: The stars shine bright as torches, or are veiled behind a mist, like the townspeople and story that behave under the various constellations.

He did something similar with George Shepherd. There’s a lot to process all the time, however once you get past page I feel things get a lot easier to process. 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.

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You will either be intoxicated by this big brawl of a book, or weighed down in its heft. See all 1, reviews. And, there are crucial characters that are not gathered in the Crown that night who link everyone together.


At first it seems the 12 men are all being framed; the story comes to us second, sometimes third-hand. Ah the astrological crap stuff… It was more of a quirky thing than anything; something to make the book stand out from the masses. Retrieved 11 September Spinning all around this stage are twelve Luminaries: Amazon Rapids Fun catton for kids on the go.

Just as the market seems saturated with Tbealong comes Catton and proves herself as entertaining a mistress of plot and pacing lumlnaries Sarah Waters.

Don’t have a Kindle? I just wanted to tear my eye balls out from the tediousness of her writing style at times.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. 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.

The final blow comes from a GR review citing The Guardian’s review: A Novel Reagan Arthur Books. I started out as a big question mark, I ended with a smile on my face hhe a “aha” coming out of my mouth. I am ashame I’m abandoning this book, with regret for having read it against my better judgement, without more thorough research.

This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I felt a warmth and a shiver at each passing chapter, set during the last days of the New Zealand gold rush.