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Featured in the 17 March 2014New Zealand newsletter.
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ubiq Staff Pick! by BriarThe word Dickensian has been thrown around with regard to Eleanor Cattons sophomore release, "The Luminaries", and its certainly got the Victorian grittiness and impressive page count that one would expect from any decent Dickens novel. But its so much more than that. Catton may only be in her late twenties, but her ability to enter into the minds of the multitude of key characters almost all male, from all kinds of ethnic, social and moral backgrounds is staggering. The descriptions of Hokitika and the surrounding lands are beautifully evocative, the constant presence at the beginning of chapters of an omniscient narrator feels like a reassuring indicator that the mysteries will all unfold. And Cattons ability to stick to period style writing and editing in a completely believable fashion is dned impressive.
Despite the books length, you are drawn into the various mysteries at hand almost immediately, and between the evocative writing and the constant unraveling of the mysterious strands of stories, its thoroughly unputdownable. Its a historical novel, a mystery, with a touch of the fantastical (the omnipresent references to the zodiac) all by a young contemporary New Zealand author, whose future works will have the worlds attention. Highly, highly recommended."
Number of pages: 832
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Subjects: Category, Fiction, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, NZ Fiction, NZ Historical Fiction, Staff Picks, By Briar