- Contemporary fiction
- Publication Date:
- Granta Books
- Country of origin:
- United Kingdom
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The Luminaries - review
The thickness of this book was daunting, but having read some great write-ups I felt obliged to persist to the very end.
It's an historical/mystery/adventure novel set in New Zealand. Attracted by rumours of easy riches a motley bunch from differing professional backgrounds have gathered in the mining town of Hokitika. The late arriver to the group, Walter Moody, gradually discovers that nothing and no-one can be taken at face value.
Plenty of good reviews out there relating to the story's intricate and layered narrative. And I share many of the views - positive and negative - already expressed in other reviews. But it was the writing style that ultimately kept me going: sumptuous, flowing, nicely linking images, actions and reactions together in the same sentence, sometimes a touch unconventional - which I saw as adventurous.