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The Luminaries

A Novel
Catton, Eleanor (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Catton
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: 9780316074315
0316074314
9780316074315
Branch Call Number: FICTION CATTON 2013
Subject Headings: Immigrants New Zealand Fiction Criminal investigation New Zealand Fiction New Zealand History 1853-1876 Fiction New Zealand Gold discoveries Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Immigrants
Criminal investigation
LCCN: 2013941814
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A dark and stormy night, 12 men in a mysterious meeting and the story weave in and around the gold rush in New Zealand during the 1860s

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.

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.


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Oct 16, 2014
  • sfpl012 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is another book that takes some time to get into, but the story is so intricate and well constructed. Set some time in your schedule for it, and you'll be glad you did.

Sep 10, 2014
  • nelee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you have started it, I suggest you stick with it. As the cover art suggests, each chapter is shorter than the previous, like the phases of the moon. The second half of the book just rips along, and all the loose ends are cleverly tied together. I really enjoyed the writing, but I love the Victorian era, Upstairs Downstairs kind of thing, which some may not enjoy.

Sep 07, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Boring, Boring...At least the first 212 pages. Don't know about the remaining 600.

Sep 05, 2014
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I knew after the first few paragraphs that I was going to love this book. This is a big complex story that is incredibly well constructed. The characters are so well designed with each of them containing a unique voice and serving a specific purpose in the book. The ending was so clever right up to the last parargraph which was moving and beautiful. I listened to a portion of this book on audio and the narrator was amazing with the ability to switch back and forth between about half a dozen different accents in a dialogue. For me, it was the perfect book. I was very sad to finish it which says a lot about a 830 page book.

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.

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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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