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The Luminaries

 
 
Author
Eleanor Catton.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.1 x 6 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780316074292
Pages/Publication Date 849/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61659
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(Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize) It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush, but on the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men. They 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. With this second novel, following her Betty Trask Award winner The Rehearsal, New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton becomes the youngest author ever to win the Man Booker Prize. Her evocative and fiendishly clever Victorian ghost story is also a gripping thriller that re-invents the lore and the power of the zodiac. "The Luminaries is a true achievement," assayed the New York Times Book Review "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, the great weight of the book shifting quickly from right hand to left, a world opening and closing in front of us, the human soul revealed in all its conflicted desperation. I mean glory.... A book this good could never be too long."—NYTBR

"A very clever, absurdly fun novel that reads like a cross between a locked-room mystery, a spaghetti Western, a game of Sudoku, and Edwin Drood."—New York

 
 
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