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I didn’t find out that twelve of the characters were based on star-sign attributes though the planetary ones were clearer, somehow from the oblique dramatis personae until I’d read over pages. The conventional characteristics associated with each sign serve as a skeleton upon which Catton builds to create fully fledged characters. The writing for me was spot on. Apr 23, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Luminaries is an average story.

But you can’t rely on another person’s conscience to live the life you want to live.

There are illustrations and maps that one needs to see. Nothing is true except when compared to something else. Do you like stories with elements of the supernatural, murder, blackmail and intrigue?

She needs to write eelanor least two pages about the one thing! Man Booker Prize recipient View all 46 comments. Sep 27, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: And so it is with the author of The Luminaries, a Libra on the cusp of Virgo. It doesn’t feel like quite such a waste of time.


Perhaps we don’t know to whom we’re speaking; perhaps we ask before we truly know who’s listening, luminariea before we even believe that listener exists. It isand young Walter Moody has ulminaries to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. The novel’s birth sign is represented – perfectly – by Aubert Gascoigne, a justice’s clerk. Her commitment to the artificiality of her project is complete.

I and probably a lot of readers of a book like this prefer some unknowns at the end – although it’s not terribly Victorian.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

Aries is well-represented by Te Rau Tauwhare, a Maori greenstone hunter. The first chapters are endless with one-line introductions – the last chapters are shorter than their introductions. View all 27 comments.

Coz The Luminaries blew me away.

Everything fits perfectly, and this perfection entwines with the story which starts out as a confusing mess but ends with all the answers. I am a foolish reader who, like many, take on a booker short-list, or a booker winner, and expect it to wow me.

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There are many other minor characters, such as various lawyers for luminarkes prosecution. Which is so refreshing! View all 20 comments. I’m way over feeling like it’s some flaw in fleanor when I don’t like a book that almost everyone else likes.

And there’s more between Dunedin and Hokitika to titillate the adventurous reader. To ask other readers questions about The Luminariesplease sign up. She is unpretentious and straightforward for the most part. Still, I’m not confident that I’ve completely understood everything, but it feels great!

Though perhaps it’s only if one’s had much familiarity with astrology that it doesn’t seem off-key to see it applied to non-adherents, to things and people which seem unrelated to the subject.


We never develop a true sense of who these people are. Everyone here is raving about this luminraies including people who write great novels themselves. There is even a seance, admittedly somewhat hackneyed fare for a historical novel, but a good metaphor for how the plot reveals itself: This is perhaps most obvious in the mystery itself: I don’t feel good writing this about a fellow kiwi’s te accomplishment.

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Both of these sequences end with someone rushing in to announce an unexpected development. I certainly do not, and did not. This book does not fall under the sign of Aries; it is invested in the past, it is enchanted by it. The novel seems suddenly to acknowledge its postmodern vantage point.

And it’s certainly faster reading than most nineteenth-century originals. Preview — The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

Ruth Rendell is just luminraies good, if less historically minded, if I want a cheery bit of murder and mayhem and a nice wee puzzle solved at the end. With so many vivid characters coming at you at once, it is difficult at first to absorb. The uneasiness of this initial scene is masterfully held, using very traditional tactics. Walter Moody, trained as a lawyer in Scotland, comes to dig for gold.