At 848 pages, The Luminaries is the longest book I've ever read. And possibly the most complicated besides. There is a large cast of central playersnineteen live ones, one deadas well as additional supporting characters, each one contributing a crucial part to this lively and entertaining story, a mystery charged with all the deadly sins; most particularly greed and lust. Storylines are not always told in a linear fashion; we shift back and forth in time. With exquisite prose, Eleanor Catton weaves together many individual stories to paint a rich picture at a pivotal moment in history.
It is January 1866 in Hokitika, New Zealanda newly booming gold-mining townwhen Walter Moody, an upper-class, twenty-eight year old Englishman, steps into the smoking room of the Crown Hotel. He has just arrived in town after a harrowing journey aboard the vessel Goodspeed, ...
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize . Catton adds distinction to her award as the youngest person to receive this award and her book is the longest ever chosen for such recognition.
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