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Unes that is as complex and exuisitely ornate as the night sky Richly evoking a mid nineteenth century world of shipping banking and gold rush boom and bust The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page turner. 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 Programación avanzada en JAVA is as complex and exuisitely ornate as the night sky Richly evoking a mid nineteenth century world of shipping banking and gold rush boom and bust The Luminaries Classical Music for Children is a brilliantly constructed fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page turner. 45 A rip roaring yarn and awe Loving Brecht inspiring use of experimental form Pepe Gotera y Otilio. 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N secret to discuss a series of unexplained events A wealthy man has vanished a prostitute 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 fates and fort. 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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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIt is and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields On the stormy night of his arrival he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met i. I m abandoning this book with regret for having read it against my better judgement without thorough research And yes I m two starring and reviewing an unfinished book If that offends you to your very core then stop reading now You ve been warned1 There s a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like 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 I am ashamed I 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 mind 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 The Luminaries is a very long mystery novel which did not enlighten or move me I am probably not a good judgeI find these kinds of comments sad but telling Buck up goodreaders who don t much like The Luminaries There s enough conspiring against us to make us feel stupid we don t need books to do that2 I m way over feeling like it s some flaw in me when I don t like a book that almost everyone else likes It s not me book it s you I m just not that into you We haven t spent that much time together then again I ve read pages of you than are in the average contemporary novel but I know you well enough to know this isn t going to work out So farewell best of luck and I know you re going to find a whole heap o love out there coz you re a real looker you Man Booker3 Man Booker FFS 4 This book has two fatal flaws for me 1 fussy structure over character 2 metaphor gone wild5 Although it s not really metaphor gone wild like metaphor that is so subtle as to be irrelevant to most readersunless they know astrology well enough that they can pick up what she s doing using astrological concepts to illuminate character behaviourplot I certainly do not and did not6 I think astrology is fun but dumb here in both senses7 On structure I know it s there because I ve been told so But all I felt while reading certainly in the first 300 pages was why is this language so expositional and why are these actions so overblown Why do all these irrelevant details matter8 They don t And neither do the characters although each one is really intriguing I would have liked them to be central to the plot and for the plot to be ascendant over structure I guess it wasn t in the stars9 Also setting New Zealand 1860 during a gold rush and early settlement I was so looking forward to being immersed in it alas I got absolutely no feeling for it Biggest disappointment by far10 The final blow comes from a GR review citing The Guardian s review It s not about story at all It s about what happens to us when we read novels what we think we want from them and from novels of this size in particular Is it worthwhile to spend so much time with a story that in the end isn t invested in its characters11 No12 I m increasingly factoring opportunity costs into the arithmetic I do to determine whenif to abandon a book In other words I could ve been reading Shirley Or Anna Karenina So 12 reflections on The Luminaries Heh See what I did there


About the Author: Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton born is a New Zealand author Catton was born in Canada while her father a New Zealand graduate was completing a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario She lived in Yorkshire until the age of before her family settled in Canterbury New Zealand She studied English at the University of Canterbury and completed a Master's in Creative Writing at The Institute of.



10 thoughts on “The Luminaries

  1. says:

    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

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    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 v

  3. says:

    I'm abandoning this book with regret for having read it against my better judgement without thorough research And yes I'm two starring and reviewing an unfinished book If that offends you to your very core then stop reading now You've been warned1 There's a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like I’ll simply attempt to explain why I gave such an accomplished book only 3 star

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    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 l

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    Twelve men meet at the Crown Hotel in Hokitika New Zealand in January 1866 A thirteenth Walter Moody an educated man from

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 call

  8. says:

    I'm a New Zealander like the author Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves I'm f

  9. says:

    Review #642 in which the reviewer tries to fathom why she chose to read this book about the gold rush given that she'd avoided reading it for se

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    Aries the Ram thrusts forward discarding the past except as a symbol of what has been overcome Fearsome single minded Aries This book does not fall under the sign of Aries; it is invested in the past it is enchanted by it The past is such an

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