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 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

Apr 22, 2014
  • paulbifford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a pretty amazing achievement. I had to start it twice (Burial Rites inspired me to try again), got lost in the middle, but I loved the way it was written. It doesn't really resolve, but it picked up at the end and I loved Moody's court arguments. It did remind a little of reading Wolf Hall, although I preferred the style of Luminaries.

This was a marathon book for me but when I got to know the characters I started to really enjoy it and I couldn't believe at first how someone so young could produce such a work of art.

One of the best books I have read and I would recommend to anyone but stick with it it's worth it.

Apr 14, 2014
  • Smartjanitor rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I could not get excited about this. The opening was at once overwritten, stultifying, and lugubrious.

Perhaps if I had taken a powerful stimulant I may have lasted longer.

I felt so guilty about being somewhere between uninspired and repulsed about a book that had gotten such plaudits that I contacted my brother for solace.

"Life is too short to read anything that doesn't grab you," he said, and gave me a list of books that turned out to be much better.

I'm sorry. It's blah. I'd rather read Brideshead Revisited again--and am doing so.

Apr 06, 2014
  • ravensview rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Well recommended by some, panned by others. I'll try it.

Apr 06, 2014
  • macierules rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Engages the mind with all the layered details, however, it fell flat for me on an emotional level.

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

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