REVIEW The Luminaries õ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB

REVIEW The Luminaries

REVIEW The Luminaries õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ [PDF] ✩ The Luminaries By Eleanor Catton – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 fortune upon the New Zealand gEs 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 th 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 s and will confirm for critics and listeners that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmamentEleanor Ca. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend An impressive literary feat – intricate challenging and singularly structured to mimic the waning moon – that will likely appeal to fans of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins or anyone in the mood for a demanding mystery of coincidence and collusion laced with corpses prostitutes and buried treasure

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Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize Man Booker Prize Fiction Canadian Governor General's Literary Award It is and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields On arrival he stumbles across a tense gathering of 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 fat. The curious case of the 3 star review I reviewed The Luminaries for We Love This Book a web magazine that is now defunct; here I’ll simply attempt to explain why I gave such an accomplished book only 3 stars It’s just the sort of book I should have given 5 stars my MA is in Victorian Lit Charles Dickens is a favorite author and I adore historical fiction particularly Victorian pastiche Possession The Crimson Petal and the White and English PassengersAnd yet The Luminaries didn’t grab me It has all the elements of a pitch perfect Dickensian mystery novel long lost siblings forgeries opium dens misplaced riches a hidden cache of letters illegitimate offspring assumed identities a séance a witty and philosophical omniscient narrator’s voice and so on If this was a Victorian paint by numbers competition Catton would have top marks But something is lacking here I can’t help feeling that despite its technical perfection The Luminaries is a book without a beating heartLest I seem unfair here are some of the novel’s strengths Catton proves a dab hand at revealing characters through both minute physical description and acute psychological insight She’s especially good at examining interiority vs exteriority one of my favorite lines was “he built his persona as a shield around his person” and the ways stories are altered in subseuent retellings Her use of contemporary slang circumlocutions “d—ned” chapter introductions “In which” and a host of overarching fairy tales and ideologies including the angel whore dichotomy of nineteenth century womanhood and the witch vs the babes in the wood brothel keeping fortuneteller Lydia Wells against Anna Wetherell and Emery Staines is all spot on Staines in particular is a brilliant creation a thoroughly amiable guileless naïf to rival any of Dickens’s fresh faced heroes And indeed the echoes of Dracula Moby Dick and the very best of Dickens – Our Mutual Friend especially but also Bleak House and Great Expectations – are well earnedIf I had to list a few minor uibbles I’d mention that some of the fascinating characters fade into the background as the novel progresses rendering the original council of 13 largely irrelevant brooding Walter Moody would have made for a great everyman protagonist and Tom Balfour promised to be a delightfully tenacious detective like Dickens’s Inspector Bucket Moreover especially in the first half Catton is over reliant on the tête à tête as a means of advancing the plot; it is easy to grow weary of the tedious string of one to one meetingsMy main problem however is with the opacity of the astrology angle The novel’s supposed uniueness lies in this astrological framing device but I remain unconvinced The esoteric material including horoscope charts at the start of each Part chapter titles that reference zodiac signs and lunar cycles that bring the narrative back around to meet its starting point adds little if anything to the plot Readers don’t need overt references to the Age of Pisces to spot themes of twinship and hiddenness – the clues are there already Further Catton’s commitment to portraying a full year’s astrological changes reuires looping back to revisit the events of 1865 6 for almost the full last

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The LuminariesTton was born in in Canada and raised in New Zealand She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for The Rehearsal She was the recipient of the 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 New Generation Award She now lives in Wellington New Zeala. I'm a New Zealander like the author Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves I'm feeling pretty miserable about the fact that I couldn't get into it forced myself to read halfway started again and then gave up in despair I liked the beginning started to identify with the first character Moody then lost the plot when the other 14 or so main characters took over the story The faux 19th century style felt slightly forced and the sentences were for me indigestible After reading the first uarter of the book I have a vivid picture in my mind of Hokitika in the 1860s I like that about it At the same time it doesn't ring true that the leading lights in a pioneer community would care so deeply about the death of a hermit and apparent attempted suicide of a prostitute There was a sameness to the dialogue that didn't ring true to me either Sure I haven't read any 19th century novels for a long time and have forgotten the style Whatever the cause this book didn't enable me to suspend my disbelief I usually find that challenging novels pay me back for the effort I put into reading them I gain insights I identify with the characters I experience a different part of the world The Luminaries is so plot based that it didn't give me that payback As for the astrological aspect of the novel I just didn't get it and the book didn't inspire me to delve into it I don't feel good writing this about a fellow kiwi's great accomplishment I suspect a lot of my difficulties stem from the mysterydetective elements in this novel just not my cup of tea I was suited as a reader to Emily Perkins' The Forrests another long and challenging NZ novel but character based