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The Luminaries

tbe One glance in a mirror and we see how superficial and vulnerable this person is. The associations are as follows:. It is a masterpiece with a marvelously structured storyline, a devilishly intricate plot and superlative writing. Catton proves a dab hand at revealing characters through both minute physical description and acute psychological insight. Open Preview See a Problem? That hope turns into a wish, and whenever a wish is voiced, even silently, even without words, it becomes a supplication.

Well as you can imagine at pages this was a plot that kept building and building, and building some more!! Retrieved 11 September Instead, he stumbles into a tense meeting between twelve local men, and is drawn into a complex mystery that tthe covering up a series of unsolved crimes.

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This needs no review, except to say that reading this was an experience I’ll not soon forget akin to reading The Goldfinchand it has quickly become one of my favorite books of the year, if not of all time. And yet, it is one of the most marvelous and poised books that I have read.


The layout of the book is stellar: 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 lumiharies my otherwise great enjoyment of the book.

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. At the time of Crosbie’s death he and Lydia are separated.

Although it’s not really metaphor gone wild; more xatton metaphor that is luminaried subtle as to be irrelevant to most readers Like Eldanor previous near-masterpiece, The Rehearsalthis suffers from a rather misleading cover.

Preview — The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Oh, and how clever the structure is, each section half the length of the one before and so on – it’s admirably clever, but it doesn’t mean anything. View all 38 comments. The plot winds through time, conveying the reader through the perceptions of a dozen characters.

The novel has many attributes — excellent dialogue, humour, great observation, as when two cattton at a party share the same expression: But for a reader who takes Alister McClean to the beach, Jeffrey Archer to bed, and lies on the summer grass filling his head with Asimov The tale is told first from outside-in, then inside-out, from high to low, back-to-front, by the dead and the living, in court, in bed and in confession.

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I think astrology is fun, but dumb here, in both senses. The Luminaries is indeed a worthy Booker winner. I thought I had spotted the odd hint: The women had a little poetic mystery to them, but in all, luminarues were familiar players–she drew up stock 19th century characters, but livened them up, so that they leaped madly from the pages. Hardcoverpages. And how, oh how, did this ever win a literary prize? View all 34 comments. She uses astrological charts and also personality traits to predict the futures of her fifteen or so main characters.


It is set in New Zealand among gold diggers; however, very little of the story deals with actual gold digging. At first it seems the 12 men are all being framed; the story comes to us second, sometimes third-hand. I know people specifically seek out award winning and nominated books, but I tend to be a little wary of such books. It soars above the earth and lives in its holes.

The drawings of charts add to the mood, and the chapters get successively shorter after the long Crown chapter. I guess I can see how the critics fawned over this writing and her wonderful grasp on the English language but it elanor like showing off!!!

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

For nothing in this enormous book, with its exotic and varied cast of characters whose lives all affect each other and whose fates are intricately entwined, amounts to anything like the moral and emotional weight one would expect of it.

I’m a New Zealander like the author.

Around the same time, a young woman was found unconscious from opium in the road, apparently having tried to commit suicide. I wish I could have deemed The Luminaries a five-star book.