The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 184708432X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingLadyIndigowing of Orange, New South Wales Australia on 2/9/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingLadyIndigowing from Orange, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 09, 2015
Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize

The astonishing and epic second novel from the prize-winning author of The Rehearsal - a sure contender for every major literary prize.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction, which more than fulfils the promise of The Rehearsal. Like that novel, it is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-twenties, and will confirm for critics and readers that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

Journal Entry 2 by wingLadyIndigowing at Orange, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 09, 2015
the luminaries was reviewed on the first tuesday book club (now known as the book club) on abc-tv in may 2014
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/firsttuesday/s3957191.htm


sending this book as part of the Australasia Wishlist Tag Game


thinking it could be a bit of an extended travel read...


Journal Entry 3 by wingLadyIndigowing at Wishlist tag game, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 09, 2015

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Journal Entry 4 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This one will certainly keep me occupied for a while!
Looks every bit as good as the hype.

Thank you so much for the tag, LadyIndigo.

Journal Entry 5 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Enormous, complex, brilliant, engrossing, deliciously twisty, and immensely enjoyable. There are hundreds of reviews out there describing the book and what a huge achievment it is, and I really can't add anything more. Don't let the size put you off, it's a great read, and lots of fun.

Thank you again, LadyIndigo.

Journal Entry 6 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (9/26/2017 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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This was chosen by jeniwren from the OZ VBB a number of months ago, and is finally being posted off today. Thanks for being so patient.

Journal Entry 7 by jeniwren at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Arrived today in a parcel via Australia Post. Thanks to crimson-tide and my pick from the OZVBB. Delighted to finally have this one on my shelf. Hoping to find time to read soon and I will admit to having some trepidation with big books however your thoughts make me want to read it sooner rather than later.

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