BookBrowse Reviews The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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The Luminaries

A Novel

by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2013, 848 pages
    Oct 2014, 864 pages

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Set in the height of New Zealand's gold rush, this Man Booker prize-winning novel boasts a complicated plot and a colorful cast of characters.

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 players—nineteen live ones, one dead—as 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 Zealand—a newly booming gold-mining town—when 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, ...

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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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