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Why I did not want to read this book initially: And it is all wonderfully done, yes, but the thing is it doesn’t matter. Refresh and try again.

This sign’s influence on The Luminaries is striking: The incarcerated, in lumminaries or an Alpine sanitorium. As of AugustThe Luminaries had soldcopies, of whichwere sold in New Zealand.

Catton follows neither of these dictums.

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ghe At least Catton doesn’t use this tailing-off to tie the “present” fates of the characters up too neatly. Nothing is true except when compared to something else. Catton matches her telling to her 19th-century setting, indulging us with straightforward character appraisals, moral estimations of each character along with old-fashioned rundowns of their physical attributes, 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.

Firstly, the most unique thing about The Luminaries is its structure. I wish there was a translator for Maori though! For nothing in this enormous book, with its exotic and varied cast of characters whose lives all affect each other and whose fates are intricately entwined, amounts to anything like luminariew moral and emotional weight one would expect of it.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Having quoted Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” I do not intimate that The Luminaries should be considered a tale told by an idiot. I think astrology is fun, but dumb here, in both senses.


Scorpio is the Scorpionand the Eagle as well. You might not get a super fairy-tale-ending resolution to all the character’s storylines, but Catton’s writing is truly brilliant.

Sep 04, Didi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There isn’t much to interrogate except your own anticipation. As for the astrological aspect of the novel, I just didn’t get it and the book didn’t inspire me to delve into it. Aquarius luminareis Water-bearer abhors restrictions and eschews barriers, seeking the enlightenment beyond, traveling the stars without and within, ever luminariies search of wisdom. The puzzle is very intricately plotted, and everything comes together satisfactorily, no loose threads left dangling to snag on a hangnail, no.

It is art in writing. Catton calculated the horoscope for Hokatika during the calendar year in which The Luminaries is set, and transposed the changing positions of each body into the relationships between her characters. The Persistent Reader cattin appreciates cleverness. Sometimes it’s easy to spot how it’s done: Characters of all origins are treated with equal dignity by the narrative, again, without ever making a song and dance about it, which periodically gives a rather pleasant time-warp effect.

All of that build up and puzzle clicking and that’s the ending the author chose to go with Certainly whenever he caught his own reflection, in a window box, or in a pane of glass after nightfall, he felt a thrill of satisfaction – but as an engineer might feel, chancing upon a mechanism of his own devising and finding it splendid, flashing, properly oiled and performing exactly as he had predicted it should.

In The Luminaries, Catton describes a man looking into a mirror in this way. It was my go-to book for a certain period of time, a little bit nearly every morning and every afternoon, lumiinaries almost 3 months.


Quotes from The Luminaries. I bought it on a whim, knowing nothing about it; I was nearly put off by its mannered style; but then everything clicked into place, and I ended up with one of the greatest reading experiences of my life. This strange sign is the Cahton of the Zodiac and is also its caatton conundrum – secretive to its core, yet suspicious of secrets in others; dark and unyielding; often cold yet deeply sexual.

And it’s certainly faster reading than most nineteenth-century originals. Her characters while curious didn’t move or provoke me. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review

Where The Rehearsal was fractured and stylised, The Luminaries has the appearance luminariess being more conventional: 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. This novel is systematic, mystical and endlessly fascinating. Much of the book, including chapter headings, is structured around astrology. Not positive I got those numbers right, though.

Do yourself a favour and read The Luminaries. This is a work that carries great promise. This story takes its focal point in Walter Moody, but at the same time it’s not at all about Walter Moody.

Admittedly, both of these characters are jerks, but I think that could have been conveyed in a more understated way. This book has two fatal flaws for me: However, as the pages sail and they will, if this appeals to youyou won’t even need the names and professions. And it did, and it didn’t.