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The Luminaries
The Luminaries
Author: Eleanor Catton
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of go...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316074292
ISBN-10: 0316074292
Publication Date: 10/7/2014
Pages: 864
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 16
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Helpful Score: 6
I just can't do it. I read a lot of complex novels, but I can't get through this one. I think I can't find one single character that I find at all appealing. I am only on page 150 of 800 or so. But I have to put it down.
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This is a BIG book! Do not let the heft of it discourage you from reading it, though, because the story will take you in and move you along at a rapid pace. At the beginning it is confusing since there are so many characters and connections that crisscross each other over and again. I think of it as a bag with a drawstring top. As each person explains their connection to the others, the opening is slowly pulled closed another notch, until they are all in close proximity together. Great mystery! Excellent! D. :)