The Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries is an intricate mystery that becomes unraveled, layer by layer. It is set in 1866 New Zealand, where a gold rush has brought a variety of characters to try their fortunes. There are the gamblers, the opium dealers, the merchants, the prostitutes, the seamen and of course those who take advantage of them all. The story begins when a man is found dead, another is missing and a prostitute has attempted to take her life. A small fortune in gold is right in the heart of the matter.
There were several main characters, at least a dozen, but I didn’t have too much trouble keeping them straight. And Catton’s amazing prose and literary talent, kept me fixated even when I was in doubt. This is a gem of a book, and one very worthy of the prizes it’s received.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
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