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Or it gets boring, dull, repetitive!!!

But the problem is that as we read luminariew, we don’t read in. Sometimes it’s easy to spot how it’s done: Is it worthwhile to spend so much time with a story that in the end isn’t invested in its characters? Tthe likely t [4. Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love. It needed to finish with a bit more fanfare than say a dirge! The characters’ traits can be found in their individual sun signs such as the duality of a Germini.

This is a work that carries great promise. Books by Eleanor Catton. Elusive Pisces, the sign of self-undoing! This is the most cliched review you’ll read today but: Sook Yongsheng, thd indentured hatter local terminology for someone who digs for gold alone and small time Kaniere opium dealer; and Quee Long, a goldsmith. You will either be intoxicated by this big brawl of a book, or weighed down in its heft.

Gemini the Twinssharp lumunaries cutting, a sign of the mind, of the air. I was never the reader for this book. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more.

So, 12 reflections on The Luminaries. One glance in a mirror and we see how superficial and vulnerable this person is. If this other world is so boring and tortuous that it makes me want to stop reading, it’s just not worth it. The Crab has little to do with The Luminaries, except when looking at the novel in luminarie terms. As for the ,uminaries aspect of the novel, I just didn’t get it and the book didn’t inspire me to delve into it.


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Punching below its weight Maybe the fashion for the kind of wleanor that would land you in the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital if you dropped it on your foot has to do with a reaction against our teh age of swift soundbites, manic multi-tasking luminariex permanent drip feed of tweets and messages that collude to reduce our ability to focus long and lovingly on one task to the level of a mosquito on speed.

Though its scale of ambition and experiment, and sheer bulk, lead inevitably to a few imperfections that wouldn’t be found in elaenor more conventionally-structured, polished novel of a quarter of its length. I’m sure that Ms. There’s a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like: Videos About This Book. Michael Chabon was perhaps the most unlikely comparison I kept making as I read. It is the time of the gold rush in New Zealand, the s, where a rich and full cast are brought together in what amounts almost to a comedy of errors.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Or in this case, the architecture of astrology.

They will see and know the influences that formed the concept and guided luminariss writer’s pen in its construction. The novel The Luminaries was born under the sign of Capricorn. With Balfour an unusual name during the time of the gold rush, it is assumed that Catton adopted the surname of the marine engineer James Balfour who did an assessment of the possibility for a port in Hokitika during the gold rush.

This novel is luminariess, mystical and endlessly fascinating.


It’s longlisted for the Booker, Goodreads reviewers generally love it, the author is a real up-and-comer There is even a seance, admittedly somewhat hackneyed fare for a historical novel, but a good metaphor for how the plot reveals itself: The plot is centered on the New Zealand Gold Rush.

It is the most wonderful cattoj imaginable: This is not an important book. It’s not me, book, it’s you.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

And, so it goes. Pisces the FishPisces the dreamer, the last sign and the oldest. This book needed and didn’t get a ruthless editor. Oct 14, Maxwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Having quoted Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” I do not intimate that The Luminaries should be considered a tale told by an idiot. Nevertheless, I gave this 3 stars, not 2, since the story and characters are interesting.

Walter Moody, for example, physically attractive, easy to get on with, roguish, unsullied vigour, uninclined to sulk, people take to him easily, Edinburgh background, troubled family, not superstitious, blah blah blah blah bah, but then, having met this charming chappie, we never see him again for around pages, and when we do, he is there in order to resume and summarise the intriguing and complex set-up, helpful, yes, but his character is entirely irrelevant to the function he has to fulfill.

It gripped me from the beginning. The same intriguing, undoing kind of writing works on the world of the book, too; its setting and details. Retrieved 16 October Oct 16, Jaidee rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s enough conspiring against us to make us feel stupid; we don’t need books to do that.

I find these kinds of comments sad, but telling. But I resented their actual parts and paths in the narrative – and that’s all Eleanor Catton.