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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The Luminaries is indeed a worthy Booker winner.

There was a sameness to the dialogue that didn’t ring true to me either. Sep 27, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I raged a bit at the injustice of it all.

I worry that some young authors feel that they have to write a two-inch-thick saga in order to be taken seriously. Libra the Scales is a sign of beauty, and much like Beauty itself, displays both grace and superficiality, charisma and vanity.

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cathon Layers, depths, something that quivers and resonates with more than mere curiosity to see how it works out? The novel has many attributes — excellent dialogue, humour, great observation, as when two acquaintances at a party share the same expression: The Luminaries is an average story. Gemini is represented by Benjamin Lowenthal, a Jewish newspaper editor and a character in need of richer development.


The Luminaries is every bit as exciting. There’s even a keen courtroom segment later in the story. It’s like a complicated pastry; the plot is kneaded and folded to produce the confection intended.

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So farewell, best of luck, and I know you’re going to find a whole heap o’ love out there, coz’ you’re a real looker, you Man Booker. But Why I did not want to read this book luminariex The Luminaries though, is from a writing perspective a fairly mind-boggling achievement that sounds almost as difficult,and lhminaries as much a potential impediment to producing a good story, as do the letter-missing-out antics of Georges Perec.

The Luminaries is replete with diggers, businessmen, politicians, Chinese miners and dispensers cahton opium, ladies of the evening, to use the appropriate Victorian vernacular. That hope turns into a wish, and whenever a wish is voiced, even silently, even without words, it becomes a supplication.

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This book has a marked Gemini influence in its clever narrative voice, one often sidelined by description and dialogue yet still distinct, full of wit and sly innuendo.

For a lover of historical fiction this book was a real treat! As Mark comments, the structure …more In the court case, the value of the gold is exactly pounds.

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It’s not about story at all. Catton’s impeccably plotted yarn invites us to dwell in this time and place. Buy the selected items together This item: Buck up, goodreaders who don’t much like The Luminaries!


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On October 15, it was announced as the winner of thf Man Booker Prize. Short-listed for the Booker Prize, this novel, that weighs in at over pages, takes a bit of a commitment to get into and, once invested, it must “grab” you to continue.

The first chapter is the longest, the second is half as long, the third half as long as the second, etc. Catton’s writing style is beautifully lush and vividly descriptive. Show 25 25 50 All.

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Enon by Paul Harding. OK, I’m not sure if that actually ever happens, but at points in the novel it felt like it did. Through acquaintance with each other, each of the twelve men discovered that he was somehow connected to these events; so they decided to gather together in this room to discuss what may have happened, and what could be done.