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I raged a bit at the injustice of it all. If this other world is so boring and tortuous that it makes me want to stop reading, it’s just not worth it. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. Bekki Pate I’m struggling through it now – on page and I’m finding that I’m reading other books just to break up the boredom of it all.

A three-stairs-in-one-stride step up in intricacy from the use of playing cards in The Rehearsal. Neo-Victorian isn’t a trend in which I’ve had much interest other than the odd work by big names like A.

Apart from exercising my flexor carpi ulnaris. Admittedly, both of these characters are jerks, but I think that could have been conveyed in a more understated way. Layer upon layer is added to the intrigue and all is not revealed until the final pages. The first chapter is the longest, the second is half as long, the third half as long as the second, etc.

Ruth Rendell is just as good, if less historically minded, if I want a cheery bit of murder and eleaonr and a nice wee puzzle solved at the end. Did you love “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr? The same intriguing, undoing kind of writing works on the world of the book, too; its setting and details.


The book is massive — weighing in at a mighty pages.

The Luminaries

I recommend the hardcover because the typography is well spaced in comparison to the paperback. Its structure is fascinatingly clever and reminds me a lot of the way Nabokov divided Ada, or Ardor.

I listened to the audiobook, but also read along in the Kindle version. But the little precis, which stand at the top of each chapter throughout in a slightly cutesy emulation of a Dickens or Eliot, start to compress the action so much they usurp its telling, so that all that are left in each of these final chapters are suggestive snatches, sometimes barely a paragraph. There are also some scenes on board various ships, especially the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver, who I describe a bit more below.

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – review

Why on earth does Ms Catton have the gall to expect me to spend so much time on a glorious gallimaufry that gets untangled quite nicely, yes, thank you, but at great, irritating length?

This is a work that carries great promise. What they characters are saying is generally exciting, and sometimes the chats become a framing device, but the format led to a slight background monotony that was eleannor odds with my otherwise great enjoyment of the book. She uses astrological charts and also personality traits to predict the futures of her fifteen or so main characters. There are descriptions enduring dozens of paragraphs about a character’s personality.

Currently she teaches creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Eleaor.

But then I visited a library recently and my sister picked this book up. It deserves its accolades thus far and I do hope it makes the shortlist, but did I love it? Instead of the authorial voice sounding campy, stilted, and antiquated, there is a fresh whiff of nuanced canniness, a knowing Catton who uncorks the delectable Victorian past by looking at it from the postmodern future. I have decided to go more with non-fiction for a while. Most of the men are entangled, in some way, with Anna, the whore, who remains opaque until the end.


It also acts like a spiral — or, to keep up the celestial theme, a black hole, stripping out information as it goes.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, review – Telegraph

This book has a strong Taurean influence: But this book is filled with paragraphs upon paragraphs, pages upon pages, which could be cut out completely or at least shortened considerably. Read more about this here. A courageous introvert, a fastidious intellectual, virile yet chilly, dignified and aloof and rich with hidden depths.

Or it gets boring, dull, repetitive!!! Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves. Several characters have a virulent hatred of Chinamen. But the problem is that as we read on, we don’t read in. Scorpio is the Scorpionand the Eagle as well. I guess it wasn’t in the stars. The stars shine bright as torches, or are veiled behind a mist, like the townspeople and story that luminarie under the various constellations.

Out of cattkn, out of mind. It basically feels like Eleanor Catton took my mind and tossed it into a tornado before letting everything settle in great understanding.

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