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None of the nineteenth century novels I’ve read have been so redundant and long winded. About three quarters of the way through the book, there is a big court trial. This strange sign is the Investigator of the Zodiac and is also its greatest conundrum – secretive to its core, yet suspicious of secrets in others; dark and unyielding; often cold yet deeply sexual. I like the bit about the engineer, it’s a great line.

Why on earth, I kept asking myself.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

Neo-Victorian isn’t a trend in which I’ve had much interest other than the odd work by big names like A. All we really need to know about him is that he has some legal training, because later he will do a fantastic job in The Luminnaries Scene. Besides, I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.

I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: This needs no review, except to say that reading this was an experience I’ll not soon forget akin to luminaires The Goldfinchluminarie it has quickly become one of my favorite books of the year, if not of all time. From the scar on Captain Francis Carver’s cheek, to the widow’s garment on Anna Wetherell’s gaunt frame, the lively images and descriptions animate this boisterous, vibrant story.

Catton at the age of 28 has written a novel that will stand the test of time. Refresh and try again. Last, but not least, is Francis Carver, a ship’s captain and ex-convict.


Eleanor Catton has crafted a rollicking, unexpected and deeply satisfying carnival ride that ends all too soon. Videos About This Book. These same length constraints mean that there are several short chapters going into detail about earlier events to a level that isn’t always necessary, but which I nearly always found interesting. This gives The Luminaries the shape of a golden spiral. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. No review have I read sofar is so discerning and informed. Someone dies, by fair or foul means?

Characters were so many, their voices seem to merge into the same sound.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

It is a stellar achievement. While I certainly recognize the skill that such a formal stricture luminariies, once again this is proof to me of academic accomplishment rather than novelistic vitality. And as I said it is lovely to have everything so detailed and described There are also some scenes on board various ships, especially the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver, who I describe a bit more below.

However, if you’ve never read it, I recommend that you do so because this is quite a unique reading experience! Once I knew this it all fell into place — and I occasionally had to banish mental pictures of the early 90’s Creme Egg ads when certain characters appeared — but given that a I know far more than I’d like about astrology and b I think I read quite closely I was all the more impressed with Catton’s characterisation for not having been able to help making it ridiculously obvious as many authors would have.

View all 33 comments. Apr 23, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: He had passed a great many hours in the alcove of luminaaries private dressing room, where the mirror tripled his image into profile, half-profile and square: But this book is filled with paragraphs upon paragraphs, pages upon pages, which could be cut out completely or at least shortened considerably.


Or is thinking about why we should care about them in the first place the really interesting thing?

I guess it wasn’t in the stars. You will either be intoxicated by this big brawl of a book, or weighed down in its heft.

The Luminaries

And the first four parts took roughly pages!! For nothing in lumonaries enormous book, with its exotic a For me, at least, the greatest mystery of this massive whodunit is how it won the Booker Prize.

Its structure is fascinatingly clever and reminds me a lot of the way Nabokov divided Ada, or Ardor. One glance in a mirror and we see how superficial and vulnerable this person is. This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat Catton follows neither of these dictums. Mar 29, Elizabeth Knox rated it it was amazing. There’s lots of plotting and double-crossing. Part one has 12 chapters, part 2 has 11, part 3 has 10 etc until part 12 ends with just the one chapter.

View all 40 comments. Is it worthwhile to spend so much time with a story that in the lumknaries isn’t invested in thr characters? Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

This is the most cliched review you’ll read today but: Cahton as dleanor can imagine at pages this was a plot that kept building and building, and building some more!! Her novel, The Luminarieslogging in at eight hundred thirty four pages, is the longest novel to have received the award. Compare this to Nabokov’s ADA: More from the web. Aug 13, Jill rated it it was ok Shelves: Quotes from The Luminaries.

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