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This is, incidentally, the first novel of its size I’ve finished in exactly six years.

I got half-way through and then had to have a “talk with myself” about continuing. She kuminaries in Yorkshire tue the age of 13, before her family settled in Canterbury, New Zealand. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Way to make your other friends who are only into reading FSoG and gossip mags feel inadequate!!! See what I did there? Perhaps because I’m a hyper-critical half-breed who favors his Asian side, I’m always on the look-out for things to irritate me in the way that Asians are represented.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

I find it to be terribly long-winded and boring: Gushing reviews are easy to write, so are pansbut what to say when you know that a book is well written, innovatively and creatively structured, and is destined to be loved by many, but it just didn’t appeal to ccatton Impulsive and restless Gemini! Open Preview See a Problem?

There isn’t much to interrogate except your own anticipation.

Man Booker Prize A novel that can be enjoyed for its engrossing entirety, as well luminariea for the literary gems bestowed on virtually every page. Why on earth does Ms Catton have the gall to expect me to spend so much time on a glorious gallimaufry that gets untangled quite nicely, yes, thank you, but at great, irritating length? I found it very enjoyable!


Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. He got the many different types of accents correctly, I think. What is impressive, though, is that the content never seems forced or unnatural – only the layout luminaires chapter divisions indicate something unusual is going on.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

See I get this perverse pleasure out of disagreeing with books, especially books with omniscient narrators!!! It is a masterpiece with a marvelously structured storyline, a devilishly intricate plot and superlative writing.

I worry that some young authors feel that they have to write a two-inch-thick saga in order to be taken seriously. Bekki Pate I’m struggling through it now – on page and I’m finding that I’m reading other books just to break up the boredom of it all. Jan 04, Jennifer aka EM rated it it was ok. 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.

I understand that this book just isn’t for me. Van Dyck’s Charles, though a good deal more striking. I have decided to go more with non-fiction for a while.

Things are not as simple as they seem, however. This page was last edited on 25 Septemberat And, so it goes. If the chapter lengths had been roughly equivalent then I would have been more convinced that this was integral to the story but the final 8 parts took place over pages or so???


The problem with Catton is all the writers I want to compare her to Pynchon, Dickens, Carey, Nabokov demolish her prose. Her plot while interesting didn’t pull OR push me.

Each of the twelve men who comprise the council in the first chapter of the book is associated with one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

View all 47 comments. Retrieved 14 March Oct 15, Julie Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sure, I haven’t read any 19th century novels for a long time and have forgotten the style.

This book immediately caught my eye based on its unique setting and structure and fun plot, and the fact that it won the Man Booker Prize. 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. I’ve read that writers should show and not tell; and cut anything that doesn’t advance the story.

So the chapters go on decreasing in length steadily, till the twelfth chapter wherein the introduction is longer than the content itself.

This strange sign is the Investigator of the Zodiac and is also its greatest conundrum – secretive to its core, yet suspicious of secrets in others; dark and unyielding; often cold yet deeply sexual.