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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Luminaries AUTHOR Eleanor Catton 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 Whit

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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Luminaries AUTHOR Eleanor Catton FREE DOWNLOAD Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å Eleanor Catton Eleanor Catton å 6 READ Twelve men meet at the Crown Hotel in Hokitika New Zealand in January 1866 A thirteenth Walter Moody an educated man from Edinburgh who has come

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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Luminaries AUTHOR Eleanor Catton Eleanor Catton å 6 READ FREE DOWNLOAD Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å Eleanor Catton 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

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Luminaries Eleanor Catton å 6 READ (E–pub/Pdf) The Luminaries AUTHOR Eleanor Catton 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

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    Eleanor Catton å 6 READ FREE DOWNLOAD Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å Eleanor Catton READ & DOWNLOAD The Luminaries 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

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READ The Luminaries ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ortunes 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 turn. 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 Mama Always Comes Home 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 Alaska Wolfstate Chronicles #1 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 Voice of Life The Spoken Mage #4 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 The Bride and the Buccaneer 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 Remy Goes to Therapy Chevalier Men #2 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 Remy Goes to Therapy 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 Asterix Annual 1980 used as a starting point for the characters interactions A three stairs in one stride step The Brats of St Bestoras up in intricacy from the Мертвые души use this tailing off to tie the present fates of the characters Darklore Volume 3 up too neatly I and probably a lot of readers of a book like this prefer some Agape Road Journey to Intimacy with the Father Lifechangers Library unknowns at the end although it s not terribly Victorian What is impressive though is that the content never seems forced or Everyone Loves a Heroand that's the problem unnatural only the layout and chapter divisions indicate something Dead Gone 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 The Nutcracker 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(Geronimo Stilton, #54) 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 A Trick of Light Stan Lee’s Alliances #1 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 Diego Rivera Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists 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 His Omega Werewolves of Manhattan #1 uarter of its length Regardless it was enormous fun very readable and ever so clever

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READ The Luminaries ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIt is 1866 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 m. 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 s ance 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 na f 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 t te t te 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 uarter of the novel thus also the unsubtle metaphor of the ouroboros the ancient symbol of a snake biting its own tail and the translation of the town name Hokitika as something like full circle I do now understand how sly that cyclical techniue is it also ties in with the cover image of the waning moon thank you to Elizabeth Knox Catton s fellow New Zealander novelist for explaining that each successive Part is half the length of its predecessor such that before long the chapter introductions are longer than the text they preface commentary exceeds action While I certainly recognize the skill that such a formal stricture displays once again this is proof to me of academic accomplishment rather than novelistic vitality In this respect the novel appears too clever for its own goodIt s a somewhat dispiriting experience for the reader to feel the plot winding down around page 600 only to realize that another 230 pages remain I will make a defiant claim here I hold that the novel should have ended on page 628 for those with page numbers different to my ARC that s after the first chapter of Part FourApart from a first rate courtroom scene you won t miss much after that point You will already have unravelled all the vagaries of the plot by then and you can end on the sweet note of Anna and Staines arriving in New Zealand ready to face the myriad adventures that await them in the previous 627 pages If not there page 622 would do the end of Part Three or perhaps page 717 the end of Part Four But alas it s as if Catton just doesn t know when to put the book to restIn scope and seriousness The Luminaries rivals almost any Victorian triple decker an impressive feat from a 28 year old author there s no denying that Am I jealous at the scale of her accomplishment given that she s two years my junior Perhaps a touch Still I feel I ve been fair here I love door stopper novels when every page is necessary But when as is the case here nearly a uarter of the page count feels superfluous there s something ever so slightly offI wish I could have deemed The Luminaries a five star book It s a rollicking meticulously plotted mystery as well as an enjoyable read Plus it s always nice to see something a bit different on the Booker longlist It deserves its accolades thus far and I do hope it makes the shortlist but did I love it No I admired it but it didn t earn my affection Ergo three stars Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers 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 Yellow Brick War 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 na f 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 The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes 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 t te t te 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 Lawrence Ferlinghetti versei uniueness lies in this astrological framing device but I remain Fearful Hunter #1 uarter of the novel thus also the The Wedding Day unsubtle metaphor of the ouroboros the ancient symbol of a snake biting its own tail and the translation of the town name Hokitika as something like full circle I do now Promise Me Tomorrow understand how sly that cyclical techniue is it also ties in with the cover image of the waning moon thank you to Elizabeth Knox Catton s fellow New Zealander novelist for explaining that each successive Part is half the length of its predecessor such that before long the chapter introductions are longer than the text they preface commentary exceeds action While I certainly recognize the skill that such a formal stricture displays once again this is proof to me of academic accomplishment rather than novelistic vitality In this respect the novel appears too clever for its own goodIt s a somewhat dispiriting experience for the reader to feel the plot winding down around page 600 only to realize that another 230 pages remain I will make a defiant claim here I hold that the novel should have ended on page 628 for those with page numbers different to my ARC that s after the first chapter of Part FourApart from a first rate courtroom scene you won t miss much after that point You will already have Irresistible Intruder unravelled all the vagaries of the plot by then and you can end on the sweet note of Anna and Staines arriving in New Zealand ready to face the myriad adventures that await them in the previous 627 pages If not there page 622 would do the end of Part Three or perhaps page 717 the end of Part Four But alas it s as if Catton just doesn t know when to put the book to restIn scope and seriousness The Luminaries rivals almost any Victorian triple decker an impressive feat from a 28 year old author there s no denying that Am I jealous at the scale of her accomplishment given that she s two years my junior Perhaps a touch Still I feel I ve been fair here I love door stopper novels when every page is necessary But when as is the case here nearly a The Ripening Sun One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard uarter of the page count feels superfluous there s something ever so slightly offI wish I could have deemed The Luminaries a five star book It s a rollicking meticulously plotted mystery as well as an enjoyable read Plus it s always nice to see something a bit different on the Booker longlist It deserves its accolades thus far and I do hope it makes the shortlist but did I love it No I admired it but it didn t earn my affection Ergo three stars

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READ The Luminaries ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Et in 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 f. 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 Paying the Piper 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 f. 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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  • The Luminaries
  • Eleanor Catton
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  • 24 July 2020
  • 9780316074315