The Luminaries

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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
5 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
1,102
Pages
PUBLISHER
Granta Publications
SIZE
6.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Adrianajourney ,

The joy of reading

The Luminaries is worth every page of its intertwined story. Eleanor Catton managed to use the language to transport the reader into a different time and feel part of an environment surrounded by the newness of a world discovered by Europeans in New Zealand.

procrastinator_painter ,

Beautiful

Beautifully written. Engaging and informative about history, gold and the nature of human beings. Also plays with ideas of romance and astrology. Loved it all.

FA Coach ,

The Luminaries

Brilliant, original, stylistic, historically informative and an ingenious, gripping story line. Loved it from page 1.

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