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The Luminaries

A Novel
Catton, Eleanor (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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This novel is a murder mystery set in a remote gold-mining frontier town in 19th-century New Zealand. Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 a weary Englishman, Walter Moody, lands in a gold-mining frontier town on the coast of New Zealand to make his fortune and forever leave behind his family's shame. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself implicated in some way. 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
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Granta Books, August 2013"--Title page verso.
Contents: A sphere within a sphere
Auguries
The house of self-undoing
Paenga-wha-wha
Weight and lucre
The widow and the weeds
Domicile
The truth about Aurora
Mutable Earth
Matters of succession
Orion sets when Scorpio rises
The old moon in the young moon's arms.
Summary: This novel is a murder mystery set in a remote gold-mining frontier town in 19th-century New Zealand. Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 a weary Englishman, Walter Moody, lands in a gold-mining frontier town on the coast of New Zealand to make his fortune and forever leave behind his family's shame. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself implicated in some way. Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Awards & Distinctions: Man Booker Prize, 2013
Governor General's Award, 2013.
Local Note: 6 9 15 16 17 18 29 33 35 53 57 97 109 118 127 133 138 143 148 151 152 159 167 172 173 182 188 203 210 211 216 222 224 226 231 243 244 262 263 264 268 272 276
Master record variable field(s) change: 100, 505, 650 - Master record encoding level change WorldCat Holdings
ISBN: 0316074314
9780316074315
Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Catton
Subject Headings: Trials (Murder) New Zealand Fiction. Prostitutes Fiction. New Zealand Gold discoveries Fiction. New Zealand History 1853-1876 Fiction. Criminal investigation New Zealand Fiction. Immigrants New Zealand Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Trials (Murder)
Prostitutes
Criminal investigation
Immigrants
LCCN: 2013941814
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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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