The Luminaries by Eleanor CattonThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

byEleanor Catton

Paperback | July 29, 2014

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Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Governor General’s Award for Fiction, The Luminaries is a magnificent novel of love, lust, murder, and greed, in which three unsolved crimes link the fates and fortunes of twelve men. 

It is 1866 and young Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush,  make his fortune, and forever leave behind a family scandal. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day: the town’s wealthiest man has vanished, a prositute has tried to end her life, and enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.

Part mystery, part fantastical love story, The Luminaries weaves together the changing fates and fortunes of an entire community, one where everyone has something to hide. Rich with character and event, it is a gripping page-turner and a fiendishly clever ghost story in which readers will gladly lose themselves. It confirms Eleanor Catton’s reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative novelists writing today.

ELEANOR CATTON was born in 1985 in London, Ontario, and raised in New Zealand. Her internationially celebrated first novel, The Rehearsal, won the First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Award, and the NZ Society of Authors' Best First Book Award, was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Writers Prize,...
Title:The LuminariesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:848 pages, 8.99 × 6.03 × 1.48 inShipping dimensions:8.99 × 6.03 × 1.48 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771023243

ISBN - 13:9780771023248


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complex and rewarding A very complex set-up which becomes extremely rewarding when connections are made.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story I absolutely loved this book! It is a very complicated story with a lot of characters to keep track of but it was also engaging and compelling and I struggled to put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Complicated, interesting mystery of murder and fortune-seeking in New Zealand Gold Rush. Cannot say I enjoyed this book as I felt too aware during reading of the author's style and choice of language.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A long read but worth it! At 850 pages, the Luminaries is quite the long novel. But the story, setting, and characters are so enticing that it is well worth it! Every page keeps you guessing until the final reveal at the end. Great fun to read this novel!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and beautifully written! One of the greatest contemporary novels written, The Luminaries is a complex, amazingly intricate and poetic story of love and greed. A must for fan's of English novelists such as Dickens, Collins, or Bronte.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complex and Ambitious This book was complex but never gets taken down by the ambitious plot. It is gripping reading and was one of the best things I have read in the last five years.
Date published: 2016-11-24

Editorial Reviews

“The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is an entire narrative universe with its own mysterious cosmology. This exhilarating feat of literary design dazzles with masterful storytelling. Each character is a planet – complex and brilliantly revealed. Precise sensual prose illuminates greed, fear, jealousy, longing – all that it means to be human.”—Jury citation,  Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction “A magnificent novel: awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling; and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.” —Robert Macfarlane, the Man Booker Prize Chair of Judges“The type of novel that you will devour only to discover that you can't find anything of equal scope and excitement to read once you have finished. . . . Do yourself a favour and read The Luminaries. . . .”—The Independent “Irresistible, masterful, compelling. . . . The Luminaires has a gripping plot that is cleverly unravelled to its satisfying conclusion, a narrative that from the first page asserts that it is firmly in control of where it is taking us. . . . [Catton is] a mistress of plot and pacing. . . .”—The Telegraph (5-star review)  “Every sentence of this intriguing tale set on the wild west coast of southern New Zealand during the time of its goldrush is expertly written, every cliffhanger chapter-ending making us beg for the next to begin. . . . The consummate literary page-turner. . . .” —The Guardian “Note-perfect. . . . [Catton’s] authority and verve are so impressive that she can seemingly take us anywhere; each time, we trust her to lead us back. . . . A remarkable accomplishment.”—Globe and Mail   “The Luminaries is an impressive novel, captivating, intense and full of surprises.”—Times Literary Supplement “Beautifully rendered. . . . Momentous. An exquisite world unto itself.”—Maclean’s  “A finely wrought fun house of a novel. Enjoy the ride.”—Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post “A remarkable achievement. . . . Intricate, painstakingly detailed and deliciously readable. . . . A novel that can be enjoyed for its engrossing entirety, as well as for the literary gems bestowed on virtually every page.”—Quill & Quire (starred review)   “A dazzling knot of interwoven lives. . . . Heart-pounding . . . .”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  “A tour de force of narrative control. . . . Catton does an incredible job of bringing to life the time and place and the utter ruthlessness that greed engenders in human beings. . . .”—Vancouver Sun  “Hugely addictive.”—Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time