- Hardcover: 848 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 28 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771019106
- ISBN-13: 978-0771019104
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is an entire narrative universe with its own mysterious cosmology. This exhilarating feat of literary design dazzles with masterful storytelling. Each character is a planet – complex and brilliantly revealed. Precise sensual prose illuminates greed, fear, jealousy, longing – all that it means to be human.”
—Jury citation, Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction
“A magnificent novel: awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling; and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.”
—Robert Macfarlane, the Man Booker Prize Chair of Judges
“The type of novel that you will devour only to discover that you can't find anything of equal scope and excitement to read once you have finished. . . . Do yourself a favour and read The Luminaries. . . .”
“Irresistible, masterful, compelling. . . . The Luminaires has a gripping plot that is cleverly unravelled to its satisfying conclusion, a narrative that from the first page asserts that it is firmly in control of where it is taking us. . . . [Catton is] a mistress of plot and pacing. . . .”
—The Telegraph (5-star review)
“Every sentence of this intriguing tale set on the wild west coast of southern New Zealand during the time of its goldrush is expertly written, every cliffhanger chapter-ending making us beg for the next to begin. . . . The consummate literary page-turner. . . .”
“Note-perfect. . . . [Catton’s] authority and verve are so impressive that she can seemingly take us anywhere; each time, we trust her to lead us back. . . . A remarkable accomplishment.”
—Globe and Mail
“The Luminaries is an impressive novel, captivating, intense and full of surprises.”
—Times Literary Supplement
“Beautifully rendered. . . . Momentous. An exquisite world unto itself.”
“A finely wrought fun house of a novel. Enjoy the ride.”
—Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post
“A remarkable achievement. . . . Intricate, painstakingly detailed and deliciously readable. . . . A novel that can be enjoyed for its engrossing entirety, as well as for the literary gems bestowed on virtually every page.”
—Quill & Quire (starred review)
“A dazzling knot of interwoven lives. . . . Heart-pounding . . . .”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“As beautiful as it is triumphant.”
“A tour de force of narrative control. . . . Catton does an incredible job of bringing to life the time and place and the utter ruthlessness that greed engenders in human beings. . . .”
“Falling in love with a fictional person is one of the greatest pleasures in life, Canadian-born writer Eleanor Catton believes. By the time readers have finished The Luminaries, they will have been enchanted by many of her characters, as they slowly reveal themselves through the novel’s intriguing web of interactions and relationships.”
—Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
About the Author
ELEANOR CATTON was born in 1985 in London, Ontario, and raised in New Zealand. Her internationially celebrated first novel, The Rehearsal, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Award, and the NZ Society of Authors' Best First Book Award, was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Writers Prize, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Orange Prize. She holds an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was also an adjunct professor. She currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Whoever gave it less than four stars when reviewing the book certainly had no patience to finish it (or to stay focused on it until the very end).
I strongly recommend it!!!
Many of the online reviews. I found the concept of phases of the Moon and references to signs of the ZoDiac didn't anything to the story.
I still don't understand what happened at the end!
reading Luminaries. It took me a very ling time to read the very large
book. i found it difficult to keep all the characters in their proper
roles and the plot was very convoluted I persisted and finished the
book in awe of the author's superior skill as a writer.
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