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The Luminaries

The Luminaries 1

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize

by Eleanor Catton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/01/2014

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It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.

On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore 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 fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

ISBN:
9781847084323
9781847084323
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-01-2014
Publisher:
Granta Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
848
Dimensions (mm):
200x130x60mm
Weight:
0.59kg

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Just brilliant

    by on

    This is a big read. I consumed it during a week stay on a small island, and I couldn't put it down. A great achievement. The book revolves around a mystery and presents the situation from a number of points of view. It is written in a complex, well thought out manner that kept me enthralled and engaged throughout.