The Luminaries

By | January 24, 2018
The Luminaries Author Eleanor Catton
ISBN-10 0316074292
ISBN-13 9780316074292
Year 2014-10-07
Pages 864
Language English
Publisher Back Bay Books
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The bestselling Man Booker Prize winning novel hailed as a true achievement Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th century novel and in so doing created a novel for the 21st something utterly new The pages fly New York Times Book ReviewIt 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 gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky Richly evoking a mid nineteenth century world of shipping banking and gold rush boom and bust THE LUMINARIES is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story a gripping page turner and a thrilling novelistic achievement It richly confirms that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international literary firmament

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