The Luminaries, at 28, the youngest ever recipient of the Man Booker Prize. The Luminaries is a Victorian sensation novel wrapped in a post-modern experimentation and its plot is based on astrology.
In The Luminaries, young Walter Moody arrives in Hokitika, New Zealand from England. Goldfields are located in this region, and the protagonist hopes to make his fortune in the gold rush. Moody reaches the township on a stormy night, and finds himself amongst a dozen local men who have secretly gathered at an innkeeper's table. In this novel some epoch like the stormy night of his arrival, in which he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events like a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. The main plot is based on these events which are mentioned above.
It is also a gripping murder mystery, and charismatically playful with its form. There is hidden gold and prostitutes; there are drunkards and shipwrecks, séances and a murder. And outside the novel, in the world, there is a great deal of excitement about a writer whose mind promises many more wonders to come.
The author reveals that Moody himself may have some critical information that may complete the incomplete puzzle. Readers will come across runic charts with astrological signs throughout The Luminaries. The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, diabolic clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.
About the Author :
: Eleanor Catton, born in 1985, is a New Zealander author. Catton was born in Canada, but raised in New Zealand. She studied English at the University of Canterbury, and then did her Master's in Fiction Writing from The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. The author won an Iowa Writers' Workshop fellowship in 2008. Two years later, she became the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury. In 2013, at the age of 28, Catton became the youngest author ever to win the Booker prize. The author resides in Auckland. Eleanor Catton with the Luminaries. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985.
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The ISBN Code of the book is 1847088767.