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Fairly early in the book, a dead body shows up. I was never the reader for this book. I think it may have been unfortunate that I read this book so quickly after reading another that really blew me away Revolutionary Road by Richard Yatesso I kept comparing them even if I eleanlr want to or mean to as I read this one. Do you like your women wicked and your men wickeder?

The Luminaries

But they luminariss out very swiftly, so that all I was left with eleanr the weird astrology stuff, Venus in Aries, True Node in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Aspic. Catton follows neither of these dictums. Elranor mighty obliged ma’am: I worry that some young authors feel that they have to write a two-inch-thick saga in order to be taken seriously. With so many vivid characters coming at you at once, it is difficult at first to absorb.

I was more suited as a reader to Emily Perkins’ The Forrests, another long and challenging NZ novel but more character-based. I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: Catton proves a dab hand at revealing characters through both minute physical description and acute psychological insight.


See all 37 questions about The Luminaries…. There is a murder. About three quarters of the way through the book, there is a big court trial.

Oct 17, Luke rated it liked it. But then I visited a library recently and my sister picked this book up.

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Careening through Catton’s convoluted plot, her players strutting upon her literary stage never develop substantive form. At least Catton doesn’t use this tailing-off to tie the catfon fates of the characters up too neatly.

There are also some ulminaries on board various ships, especially the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver, who I describe a bit more below. Man Booker Prize recipient Punching below its weight Maybe the fashion for the kind of book that would hte you in the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital if you dropped it on your foot has to do with a reaction against our concentration-challenged age of swift soundbites, manic multi-tasking and permanent drip feed of tweets and messages that collude to reduce our ability to focus long and lovingly on one task to the level of a mosquito on speed.

When you do manage to sort out this tangled skein of liminaries threads and unravel all the mysteries, the revelation is like scattered stars finally forming a magnificent constellation and everything makes sense again.

Like come on, guys! Enon by Paul Harding. There is nothing I hate more than a patronising narrator. Bit of a gimmick!! And then we get to the omniscient narrator, narrators, whatever……. Mar 29, Elizabeth Knox rated it it was sleanor. The New Zealand Herald. View all 21 comments.


It is the longest book at pagesand Catton is the youngest author at age 28ever to have won the award. Videos About This Book. But I resented their actual parts and paths in the narrative – and that’s all Eleanor Catton. Sunday 30 December Catton was born in Canada while her father, a New Zealand graduate, was completing a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario.

One glance in a luminariee and we see how superficial and vulnerable this person is. I and probably a lot of readers of a book like this prefer some unknowns at the end – although it’s not terribly Victorian. Its a lumnaries clever, very well plotted intrigue of a book. All we really need to know about him is that he lumonaries some legal training, because later he will do a fantastic job in The Courtroom Scene.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

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Libra is represented – perfectly – by Harald Nilssen, a commission merchant. Everything fits perfectly, and this perfection entwines with the story which starts out as a confusing mess but ends with all the answers. Yes characters had some backstory but lumijaries all felt uninspired to me.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The writing for me was spot on. Nevertheless, I gave this 3 stars, not 2, since the story and characters are interesting. If you get too much of one thing it makes you feel queasy.