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The Luminaries

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AN ILLUMINATING TALENT Young author Eleanor Catton makes every word count and fly by in the 848-page The Luminaries

The Luminaries

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Eleanor Catton
publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Go ahead and call Eleanor Catton a prodigy. At 28, she’s the youngest author ever to win Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries, which warrants every one of its imposing — yet surprisingly breezy — 848 pages. Set in a New Zealand gold-mining town in 1866, this epic yarn about a motley crew of 12 men and their attempts to solve a series of local mysteries reads like an actual Victorian novel. Not a high-minded one destined to be taught in schools, but a genuinely pleasurable romp meant to absorb you for days and days. A-