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The Luminaries: Booker Prize Winner 2013

The Luminaries: Booker Prize Winner 2013

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Overview: The Luminaries: Booker Prize Winner 2013

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.

Product Details
Language English
Publication Date October 7, 2013
Publisher Granta
Contributor(s) Eleanor Catton
Binding Paperback
Edition Export ed
Page Count 848
ISBN 10 1847088767
ISBN 13 9781847088765
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 15.3 cm x 5.2 cm x 23.4 cm
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  1.  Will Swept You Off Your Feet!!! 31 October, 2013 On
    This book came highly recommended. All the gushing and praises I was hearing around me, and the fact that it won the Bookers Prize got me real excited and I just had to read it. And it was quite an experience.

    Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries" is a historical novel set in Hokitika, New Zealand in late 1860’s-during the time of gold rush. Hokitika is a gold mining town along the West Coast of the South Island. Having been established for just two years, Hokitika promises easy work, money…GOLD and all the worldly pleasures thus attracting people to flock the place. Prospectors, hoteliers , men of various businesses, prostitutes… al, even those from outside of New Zealand contribute to the population explosion of Hokitika.

    Among those newcomers is young English gentle man Walter Moody, who is trained in law. Walter is looking for gold to start a new life and live a luxury filled life. His journey to Hokitika was far from easy. The sea voyage was traumatic and emotionally distressing for him. After reaching the town he checks in at a local hotel and proceeds to the smoking room for some pipe and drinks in hopes to calm down. Upon his arrival he notices that 12 men are already there and he seem to have disturbed some kind of meeting going on between them. They all appear to be from different backgrounds but seem to have holding a secret. Walter’s appearance seems to have disturbed them and atmosphere in the room suddenly gets tense. But Walter is oblivious to this all. He is approached by one of the men, while the others continue their discussion. Soon the men start trusting Moody and begin to share their stories with him, all the stories are intertwined and is the reason behind their hush-hush gathering.

    The story is centered on several strange incidences that took place two weeks before on one single night, all of which are apparently interconnected. The incidences include the death of a hermit, the disappearance of a young man who has struck gold in the gold mine, and the near suicide of the town's most charming prostitute. All the men claim innocence and refuse any sort of direct participation in the crimes. But, they all are responsible in the events that led up to these misdeeds; therefore, each fear of being blamed and accountable of the sins.

    "The Luminaries" is all about greed, gold, power, desires, drugs, secrets, betrayal and treachery. The story is intriguing with new twists and turns emerging every now and then. The story is complex with many sub-plots. The characters are interesting and well described. In-fact, Catton's descriptions, right from the settings to characteristics of people in the story, is an absolute joy to read, but sometimes she just went overboard. The opening scène takes about first 300 pages as the story is shown from different perspectives but I felt the climax was rushed. Readers are mostly told things especially the characteristics of the people in the story than been shown in situation. The main reason for this is the large number of characters involved in the story. The beauty of this book is just when the reader thinks they have unlocked the suspense and the story is very clear now just then the writer strikes with new twists. Associations between seemingly unconnected characters come out, which made the tale more gripping, intriguing and a sheer joy to read. I was captivated from the very first page to the last word of this novel. The intricacy and complexity of this novel can’t be described in words; it can only be felt while reading.

    The Luminaries" is a masterful literary masterpiece and a celebration of the art of storytelling. It’s astounding that the book is just the second novel by Catton that to when she is just in her 20’s!!! She is one blessed writer to look out for. Catton’s writing style has impressed me a lot. After reading Luminaries and I am all excited to read “The Rehearsal”

    The Luminaries will Swept You Off Your Feet!!! if you have the patience to finish it. The book is very long but not boring. Catton has maintained its momentum throughout the 800+ pages. Some may not find the patience to read it but if you like big, thick books that you can get lost in for hours then this is one just for you.
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