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F fates and fortunes that is as complex and exuisitely patterned as the night skyThe Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction 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 20s and will confirm for critics and listeners that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmamentEleanor Catton w 5 superlative intricate and fascinating stars 4th Favorite Read of 2015 Wow just wow This is a very long book and so I developed a uiz to see if you are a potential reader of this most amazing tome1 Did you love The Alienist by Caleb Carr?2 Did you adore Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel?3 Do you like your mysteries intelligent complex and compelling?4 Do you like stories with elements of the supernatural murder blackmail and intrigue?5 Do you like your women wicked and your men wickeder?6 Do you like writing that is formal elegant and with a systematic style that ties in brilliantly to both plot and character?7 Are you fascinated by New Zealand or the chaotic wild west?If you answered yes to two or of these uestions then what are you waiting forgiddyup to your nearest bookstore or library and pick this up as it will take you many hours to finishOn a serious note this book is absolutely exuisite and perfect in every way Ms Catton at the age of 28 has written a novel that will stand the test of timeThis book reminded me of a complex mandalabroad at the outside and like a whirlpool draws you in uicker and uicker so that you are immersed in a world that you never want to leave This novel is systematic mystical and endlessly fascinating She uses astrological charts and also personality traits to predict the futures of her fifteen or so main characters One could easily do a PHD thesis on this work and believe me I'm sure there are people at it right nowMs Cattonthanks so darn muchI'm mighty obliged ma'am

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The LuminariesAs born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for The Rehearsal She was the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study for a year at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop in the US and went on to hold a position as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing there teaching Creative Writing and Popular Culture Eleanor won a 2010 New Generation Award She now lives in Wellington New Zealan 45 A rip roaring yarn and awe inspiring use of experimental form it's not every day you see that in a book Like Catton's previous near masterpiece The Rehearsal this suffers from a rather misleading cover The illustration and the very title The Luminaries seem to allude to a different world entirely a world of drawing rooms and calling cards and gowns p31 not a mystery adventure involving gold prospectors prostitutes drug addiction and frontier town bigwigs One likely to appeal to uite a number of readers who may be put off by the first impression of yet another AustenDickens pastiche The Luminaries certainly is a pastiche of a kind though it was never so overwhelmingly Victorian in its style as I expected after seeing a well known book blogger mention how he abandoned it Jeanette Winterson said If you want to read 19th century novels you may as well read the real thing and not go out and buy a reproduction It strays further from faithful Victorian reproduction after the early chapters still making wonderful use of the depth of characterisation that's too often missing from contemporary British novels And it's certainly faster reading than most nineteenth century originals The narrative voice has hints of George Eliot whom I was delighted to read Catton also prefers over the Brontes and Austen But perhaps because I've never read Wilkie Collins with whom this book's most often been compared so far the experience of reading The Luminaries made me think most of all of Arthur Conan Doyle back before I'd read the Holmes stories so often they'd become a little boring Tales of skullduggery and crime often recounted through the medium of conversations between men sometimes in the telling itself sometimes as a deep sea dive into a framed narrative like Heart of Darkness Still those were comparisons to the actual Victorian Neo Victorian isn't a trend in which I've had much interest other than the odd work by big names like AS Byatt Sarah Waters and Alan Moore The larger than life characters and the sheer pointless fun of this story do for me recall comics put into prose Michael Chabon was perhaps the most unlikely comparison I kept making as I read Catton seems like an intellect every bit as formidable as Byers but she so far has applied it to structure rather than essentially highbrow story topics Unlike Waters and many other historical novelists her application of modern values is subtle; characters are people of their time though perhaps a greater percentage of the well off white men are without fanfare decent and civil to ethnic minorities and to women of uestionable backgrounds than may have been the case in the real mid nineteenth century Characters of all origins are treated with eual dignity by the narrative again without ever making a song and dance about it which periodically gives a rather pleasant time warp effect The setting at least for most non ANZ readers has much novelty and interest when so much Victoriana focuses on London; plus it has similarities to the Wild West along with its own distinctive character It's often uite possible to imagine if only one could put the words together a bit nicely had greater stamina for writing at length c how it might have been possible to write various books The Luminaries though is from a writing perspective a fairly mind boggling achievement that sounds almost as difficultand almost as much a potential impediment to producing a good story as do the letter missing out antics of Georges Perec 1 It is a highly complex mystery which would in itself be a considerable invention2 Each of its 12 parts has a word count exactly half that of its predecessor3 Astrology a pre existing complex fictional system has been used as a starting point for the characters' interactions A three stairs in one stride step up in intricacy from the use of playing cards in The Rehearsal Not only that but Catton has partially refashioned astrology to her own purpose by making each of the main characters a sign or a planet and various buildings the houses on the chart such that for example Mercury in Aries means a meeting of those two characters I think it would also be perfectly possible to enjoy the book as a story whilst ignoring or knowing little of these aspectsTowards the end of the book it's possible to see the decreasing word count become slightly burdensome as the in which chapter descriptions start to near the length of the text they precede 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 At least Catton doesn't use this tailing off to tie the present fates of the characters up too neatly I and probably a lot of readers of a book like this prefer some unknowns at the end although it's not terribly Victorian What is impressive though is that the content never seems forced or unnatural only the layout and chapter divisions indicate something unusual is going onThe astrological themed characters are an object lesson in how a seriously good writer can make archetypes into interesting personalities few of whom end up seeming like stock characters; there's something atypical or unexpected about nearly all of them which offsets their origins Sometimes it's easy to spot how it's done eg a spendthrift dandy who's Scandinavian Most have a cartoonish yet complex uality which reminds me of good comics I didn't find out that twelve of the characters were based on star sign attributes though the planetary ones were clearer somehow from the obliue dramatis personae until I'd read over 200 pages 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 than I'd like about astrology and b I think I read uite closely I was all the impressed with Catton's characterisation for not having been able to help making it ridiculously obvious as many authors would haveA drawback of the astrological scheme is that the planet in sign chaptering led to rather a lot of one on one conversations What they characters are saying is generally exciting and sometimes the chats become a framing device but the format led to a slight background monotony that was at odds with my otherwise great enjoyment of the book This is why it's a rounded down not rounded up 45 The uieter among these conversations in which we witness characters' communication of information some of which we may already know and their reactions and in which “telling not showing” is really part of the useful action reminded me of 18th 19th century epistolary novelsWhilst sceptics surely can't argue with the idea of using one made up system to make up something else I've noticed a few press reviews which are puzzled by the astrological basis of the novel when only one character Lydia Wells has any enthusiasm for star signs To me it seemed another mental leap by the author; to use this scheme for a story with a cast of hippies psychics etc would have been obvious Instead the story in The Luminaries is seasoned with astrology but not I would say overwhelmed by it – similar to the way Celine Julie Go Boating is seasoned with magic both stage and esoteric Though perhaps it's only if one's had much familiarity with astrology that it doesn't seem off key to see it applied to non adherents to things and people which seem unrelated to the subject Everyone has a horoscope whether they've ever taken any notice of it or not Even Richard Dawkins My own knowledge comes from OCD like phases of struggle with superstitious systems plus a tendency to hoover up information I managed to break from astrology after discovering “fixed star” astrology which added a near exponential number of extra possibilities so that crucially from within the system itself and not only from outside it all started to seem nonsensical and as if it could be made to say anything I was a little disappointed that according to this interview Eleanor Catton seems – for the moment to embrace astrology unuestioningly although she must be enormously intelligent But she has at least made a rather stupendous work of art out of it one started when she would have been only 26This is incidentally the first novel of its size I've finished in exactly six years The last one was Darkmans pure coincidence that the names almost mirror And like the Nicola Barker it was so enjoyable that the book was rarely burdensome even if I did take a day off in the middle for a sub 300 pager which helpedI would love to see The Luminaries win the Booker There are two or three contenders between which I can hardly choose Though its scale of ambition and experiment and sheer bulk lead inevitably to a few imperfections that wouldn't be found in a conventionally structured polished novel of a uarter of its length Regardless it was enormous fun very readable and ever so clever

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The Luminaries Mobi Ç 834 pages Download á Eleanor catton ¸ [PDF] ✩ The Luminaries By Eleanor Catton – Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014Man Booker Prize Fiction 2013Canadian Governor General's Literary Award 2013It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fLonglisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014Man Booker Prize Fiction 2013Canadian Governor General's Literary Award 2013It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields On arrival he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 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 o I am ashamedI am a foolish reader who like many take on a booker short list or a booker winner and expect it to wow me And it did and it didn't I have an unsophisticated mindTo any reader who reads books as an art critic views a great master they will read and hear the subtleties of the writer's mind as they structure their work layer upon layer until a masterpiece is drawn They will see and know the influences that formed the concept and guided the writer's pen in its construction And reading Eleanor Catton's masterful use of the English language and her homage to the Victorian masters of literature I was greatly humbled and completly understood why she was shortlisted She is a sublime writerFor a 'proper' review I would urge you to read Antinomasia's review on GR No review have I read sofar is so discerning and informed If I had read this before I bought and invested so much time reading a book too long for this reader to enjoy I would never have bought it in the first place It is a book for the discerning reader and not the 'pop' reader who likes his fiction to the point entertaining engrossing informative and exercising to a degree well I'm an easy read I am a lazy reader prolific but utimately shallow Present me with too many concepts and inventions in a book then I grow impatient Join too many 'exercises' in the writer's craft together and I become frustated Strip away the artists concept and if I do not have a picture that I can glimpse and enjoy for all its colour and story then all I see is a few suirls of paint thoughtfully applied but ultimately a poor picture to fill a mind with interest The Luminaries is an average storyIt is like so many winners of the Tate Prize in art How many winners would you really want to grace your shelves tabletops and alcoves? And at 800 pages the Luminairies is an 'instalation' and not a piece of work to sit upon a humble shelf alongside my Cornwell Austin and Dickens Rupert Bear Albums Tin Tin and Ant Dec Oh what a lovely pair My shelves no longer have room for such large tomes What can I remove to the charity shop Ant Dec perhapsSo I found The Luminairies a master writer'scrtitic's wet dream but as a story well sentence by sentence it is beautifully crafted but the shear number of them in relation to one scene or description particulary at the the beginning wore me down Characters were so many their voices seem to merge into the same sound They began to form a crowd in my mind all speaking the same voice their personalties indiscernible The astrology was lost on meThe Luminaries is indeed a worthy Booker winner It is art in writing But for a reader who takes Alister McClean to the beach Jeffrey Archer to bed and lies on the summer grass filling his head with Asimov I was never the reader for this book