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I’m mighty obliged ma’am: I found it very enjoyable! My main problem, however, is with the opacity of the astrology angle. But they fizzled out very swiftly, so that all I was left with was the weird astrology stuff, Venus in Aries, True Node in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Aspic.

So you could say that Luminaried Luminaries at its heart was a love story between man and gold! If not there, page would do the end of Part Threeor perhaps page the end of Part Four. As a quick glance into my mindset, I’ll post a comparison here and maybe you can understand why I just couldn’t get into the book.

It is set in New Zealand among gold diggers; however, very little of the story deals with actual gold digging.

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 more than I’d like about astrology and b I think I read quite closely I was all the more impressed with Catton’s characterisation for not having been able to help making it ridiculously obvious as many authors would have.

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Oct 25, David Hebblethwaite rated it it was amazing. Without these, each chapter would be a floating fragment of time with no context; the only reason we can place them is that we know what has come afterwards. Apart from exercising my flexor carpi ulnaris. They are incomplete shadows.

There are descriptions enduring dozens of paragraphs lumniaries a character’s personality. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. I usually find that challenging novels pay me back for the effort I put into reading them. Her language while precise didn’t twinkle or thrill me.

It’s really a masterpiece and hard to wrap my head around the idea that the author Eleanor Catton was only 28 when she wrote it and she won the Man Booker. I need eleanro reread this book someday because this is one of those books that you need to read again in order to understand everything.

The Luminaries

Here, the novel begins to embody the tension between the open future and rueful hindsight, the sense of predestination and the sense of free will. 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 pager, which helped.

Admittedly, both of these characters are jerks, but I think that could have been conveyed in a more understated way. Whilst 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.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. I certainly do not, and did not. I was so looking forward to being immersed in it; alas, I got absolutely no feeling for it.


And then we get to the omniscient narrator, narrators, whatever……. The Luminaries is a set piece held aloft by an astrological chart that divides each part into smaller and smaller sections Part One is pages long; Part Twelve, twoaccording to celestial logic.

Scorpio is the Scorpionand the Eagle as well. The faux 19th century style felt slightly forced and the sentences were, for me, indigestible. And then there was Medini’s awesome review which is what really swayed me into adding this to my TBR so when I saw this in the library today I had to take it home with me!

This is a very long book and so I developed a quiz to see if you are a potential reader of this most amazing tome. Aquarius is well-represented by Sook Yongsheng, a Chinese hatter and lover of opium.

Sunday 30 December The Luminaries First hardcover edition. Its structure is fascinatingly clever and reminds me a lot of the way Nabokov divided Ada, or Ardor. See I get this perverse pleasure out of disagreeing with books, especially books with omniscient narrators!!!

For me, at least, the greatest mystery of this massive whodunit is how it won the Booker Prize. Making us consider so carefully whether we want a story with emotion and heart or an intellectual idea about the novel in the disguise of historical fiction … There lies the real triumph of Catton’s remarkable book.