Eleanor Catton calls her Man Booker Prize-winning novel an "astrological dance" within a "straightforward murder mystery." Full of blackmail, séances, shipwrecks, and smuggled treasure, set in an 1860s New Zealand gold rush, The Luminaries has befuddled some critics for its opacity and delighted others for its page-turning cliffhangers. Chris Bohjalian puts it best in the Washington Post, calling it "a finely wrought fun house of a novel."
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The Luminaries is a technically brilliant story hoarded with mystical significances. I love the hand-lettered zodiacs that illustrate each chapter and made an anigif to combine them all:
After receiving the Man Booker Prize, Catton has done a series of fascinating interviews. I especially like this wonderful conversation with Catton in Lumiére that cuts past the obvious questions. In an interview with Charlotte Higgins at The Guardian, Catton spoke about sexism faced by women novelists in their 20s. Here at The Atlantic, Jake Flanagin looked at the history of the Booker Prize and asks if The Luminaries will be the last hidden-gem winner.
Settlers of catton pic.twitter.com/jWu7eFrpdA— Eleanor Catton (@EleanorCatton) November 24, 2013
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