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I don’t think I can do any better elesnor it than this review from The Guardianwhich I’d have been better off reading before I read the novel. If that offends you to your very core, then stop reading now. And as I said it is lovely to have everything so detailed and described What can I remove to the charity shop.

After pages it needed a stronger finish. Van Dyck’s Charles, though a good deal more striking. And how elusive, motivation! Biggest disappointment, by far. It is the time of the gold rush in New Zealand, the s, where a rich and full cast are brought together in what amounts almost to a comedy of thee.

As it unfolds, the interlocking stories and shifting narrative perspectives of the twelve–now thirteen–men bring forth a mystery that all are trying to solve, including Walter Moody, who has just gotten off the Godspeed ship with secrets of his own that intertwine with the other men’s concerns.


With so many vivid characters coming at you at once, it is difficult at first to absorb. The Persistent Reader who appreciates cleverness. To ask other readers questions about The Luminariesplease sign up. Sure, I haven’t read any 19th century novels for a long time and have forgotten the style.

A thirteenth, Walter Moody, an educated man from Edinburgh who has come here to find his fortune in gold, walks in.

My name is Emer and I love to argue with books. Good Story and Characters, but Tediously Long Winded and Repetitive Here’s an page novel that would have been much better if it had been cut to pages.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

There are also some scenes on board various ships, especially the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver, who I describe a bit more below. I read so I can relax and enjoy being swept away into another world.

Do you like your women wicked and your men wicke 5 “superlative, intricate and fascinating” stars 4th Favorite Read of Wow just wow. Join too many ‘exercises’ in the writer’s craft together, and I become frustated.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

But even reading for several hours at a time, an indulgence made easier by the fact that we have no TV blethering in a corner of the room, and more difficult by the fact that there is a need to earn a bit of money and speak to people and get off the sofa and move about a bit sometimes, it still took me eight days to catton through all Eleanor Catton has crafted a rollicking, unexpected and deeply satisfying carnival ride that ends all too soon.


Retrieved 27 May So you could say that The Luminaries at its caton was a love story between man and gold! At the time of Crosbie’s death he and Lydia are separated.

Having quoted Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” I do not intimate that The Luminaries should be considered a tale told by an idiot. Aries the Ram thrusts forward, discarding the past except as a symbol of what has been overcome. I just wanted to tear my eye balls out from the tediousness of her writing style at times.

I worry that some young authors feel that they have to write a lumknaries saga in order to be taken seriously. Mar 29, Elizabeth Knox rated it it was amazing.

The Luminaries

As a quick glance into my mindset, I’ll post a comparison here and maybe you can understand why I just couldn’t get into the book. Apr 25, Mona rated it liked it. I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: The story and its striking, almost theatrical players become gradually and permanently installed, thoroughly and unforgettably. A Case For Books. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

Aged 14, Catton and her father went on a tandem trip from their home in Christchurch over Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Did you adore “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel?