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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At first it seems the 12 men are all being framed; the story comes to us second, sometimes third-hand. But it is the method of spinning the story that has synergistically bumped up the complexity.

Not a terribly original plot device, but I suppose it works.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I understand that this book just isn’t for me.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edgar Clinch runs the Gridiron, a Hokitika hotel. I also had a very basic understanding of astrology but didn’t feel that hampered my understand or enjoyment of the book.

I was so looking forward to being immersed in it; alas, I got absolutely no feeling for it. I am going to award it three stars because it took A LOT of effort to write and absolute respect for that, the plot was intricately woven and I LOVED that… but the narrator needed to lumimaries punched, the book needed some serious editing and the characters needed to be more rounded… so I think three is fair enough!!


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There’s even a keen courtroom segment later in the story. The summaries heading each chapter all beginning: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Although it’s not really metaphor gone wild; more like metaphor that is so subtle as to be irrelevant to most readers But she has at least made a rather stupendous work of art out of it – one started when she would have been only Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

The Crab has little to do with The Luminaries, except when looking at the novel in general terms. I am ashame I’m abandoning this book, with regret for having read it against my better judgement, without more thorough research.

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Firstly, the cattpn unique thing about The Luminaries is its structure. Just as the market seems saturated with Victorianaalong comes Catton and proves herself as entertaining a mistress of plot and pacing as Sarah Waters.

Apr 25, Mona rated it fatton it. View all 12 comments. She does a lot of telling, and there is a lot of blah-blah-blah that doesn’t advance the story, but merely repeats things we already know. Wow, I have never ever in my life read a book like this before!

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There is even a seance, admittedly somewhat hackneyed fare for a historical novel, but a good metaphor for how the plot reveals itself: OK, I’m not sure if that actually ever happens, but at points in the novel it felt like it did. Mystery is added to adventure and star-crossed love eventually conquers all.

Retrieved 14 March Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Things are not as simple as they seem, however. Exquisite prose, gorgeous imagery, lovely moments within its lovely love story; the beautiful mind of its author, yearning to be recognized for its brilliance – and rewarded by the Man Booker Prize.

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At least Catton doesn’t use this tailing-off to tie the “present” fates of the characters up too neatly. Her novel, The Luminarieslogging in at eight hundred thirty four pages, is the longest novel to have received the award.

Someone dies, by fair or foul means? There’s a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like: