I am still not sure about writing a review for this book. Why? As we all know so much has been already said about it and winning the Man Booker Prize 2013 sums it all up beautifully but still I would like to share my experience with The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
Laying my hands on this book was a bit tough because I couldn’t find it in any book store that I visited. I wrote to the publishers and they were kind enough to send me a copy of it. 800+ pages kind of scared me but I was pretty sure about reading this one and I made sure that I read it from cover to cover and I did exactly that, gladly.
The Luminaries is a remarkable piece of work that definitely deserves all the praise and accolades that it has received. I am amazed at the imagination of the author and how intricately she has put everything together. There was never a single moment where I felt bored or thought of putting the book down. The intrigue was maintained throughout the book.
Set up in the wild west of Southern New Zealand, the intricate plot and a theatrical cast of characters whose passions and desires bounce and reflect off each other in a kaleidoscope. But it is the method of spinning the story that has charged up the complexity and has made what The Luminaries is. It begins with a crowded jumble of characters with high opulence and detail. As you go forward in the book and the black space is allowed in, the focus narrows and individual details begin to sharpen and that’s when you feel that it is coming all together.
The structure of the book is something that one will find intriguing. The first chapter is some 360 pages long and the length of the chapters keep decreasing (the last chapter is of 2 pages) as we reach the end. The book goes beyond the duty of solving a crime or untangling a mishap for the amusement of the reader. It is a lot more and a good one at that. I am not too sure whether anyone or everyone would be able to read this book but if one manages to do that, I am sure the story, the characters will stay with them for a very long period of time.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Granta Books
Genre : Fiction
Price : Rs. 799/-