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The Luminaries

A Novel
Catton, Eleanor (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Luminaries

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Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Authors: Catton, Eleanor, 1985-
Title: The luminaries
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2013
Edition: First United States edition
Characteristics: 834 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Granta Books, August 2013."--Verso of title page
Summary: Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Awards & Distinctions: Man Booker Prize, 2013
ISBN: 0316074314
Branch Call Number: FIC CATTON 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Catton
Subject Headings: New Zealand Gold discoveries Fiction New Zealand History 1853-1876 Fiction Criminal investigation New Zealand Fiction Immigrants New Zealand Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Criminal investigation
LCCN: 2013941814
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Aug 31, 2014
  • rdw39 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was looking forward to reading The Luminaries, but after reading over half the book (nearly 900 pages) I found I did not care if I found out how it ended, and I stopped reading. The book was well written & even though there were numerous characters to keep track of, it became somewhat monotonous going back & forth with all the characters. It was clever to tag each of them with the possibility they had some involvement in the main theme, but I couldn't find any of the characters with redeeming values.

The tie in to the astrological signs was very unique, but the book was just too long for me & I lost interest at the half way point.

Aug 28, 2014
  • Tentacle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not sure what the fuss is over this book.
Overlong without the bang. A good writer who needs a decent editor.
Also not possible to ring her husband see P594 no phones in Hokitika in 1866

Before I read this book I'd read a Janet Frame novel.Then I read a 100 or so pages of ''The Luminaries"then I read another J.F.novel. I'm sorry but there is just no comparison--I would suggest to prospective readers of "The Luminaries"-don't bother -read a J.Frame novel and immerse yourself in some beautiful,descriptive and extremely well written prose!

Kathy O recommended: very clever & complicated

Aug 01, 2014
  • patcumming rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Slow start but it picks up. Definitely not a light read but worth persevering.

Jul 28, 2014
  • 671books rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Absolutely loved it. The characters, the plot, everything about the book was great.

Full review here: http://www.671books.net/fiction/the-luminaries/

Jul 14, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Eleanor Catton is a brilliant writer. She writes from the point of view of multiple characters and does an amazing job. It is long, but I liked reading it so much that it was worth it. This book takes place during the gold rush in New Zealand in the 1860s. I didn't know anything about the setting at all but it was easy enough to follow. I also do not know anything about astrology which is how she divides the chapters / time, but I found it didn't matter to the overall plot that I didn't understand that. I recommend this to anyone who is not put off by a heavy book, who likes historical fiction, and who likes intriguing books.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is a hefy read but amazing and from such a young author! It is like this generations Charles Dickens.The story is set at the turn of the century New Zealand and it is a mystery with a large cast of characters that are intertwined in their fates.It is such an amazing story that involves history, goldfields, murder a ghost story;you will not be able to stop turning the pages!"

May 27, 2014
  • mcmullensh rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Over long and over rated

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Eleanor Catton reads from 'The Luminaries'

Eleanor Catton reads from 'The Luminaries' ; winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize; PBS Newshour

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