Saturday, 6 September 2014

Quotes: The Luminaries.


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Dawn is such a private hour, don’t you think? Such a solitary hour. One always hears that said of midnight, but I think of midnight as remarkably companionable—everyone together, sleeping in the dark.

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Of all the books I have read this year, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is by far my favourite. I spent each one of the eight hundred and thirty four pages so mesmerised by Eleanor's writing that it didn't feel like a long novel at all. If anything I would have loved for it to continue for a further eight hundred pages, and typically I like books that sit comfortably under three hundred pages.

Walter Moody is a young man who has made his way to New Zealand to make his fortune upon the goldfields. It's 1866. Upon his arrival he stumbles across a gathering of twelve local men who are meeting in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events. Walter is quickly drawn into the mystery that rapidly evolves into a complex series of interwoven fates and fortunes. And it's wonderful!

Throughout I felt Eleanor's unequivocal passion for writing, it's so, so inspiring & what a talent she has.

Jennie

16 comments:

  1. I have it too, but I couldn't get through the beginning of the book. Don't know what it was. Also, I heard so many terrible reviews that it felt spoiled. But reading this, I might consider starting over.

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    1. I think it might be one of those books that's very love/hate! I do think it's worth a second chance if you're ever in the mood though!

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  2. Definitely going to read this soon, I've heard so much about it! x

    www.alphabeth.co.uk

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  3. I have been in the look out for a new book to read so thanks for the recommendation. I do like good writing as sometimes if it's bad even if the plot is good it sort of ruins it. Looking forward to sitting down for this mystery book :)

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    1. It's so wonderfully written, there are lots of quote-worthy parts!

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  4. This book is definitely on my to-read list! It looks like a mammoth though.

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    1. It's a bit of a commitment, but so worth it!

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  5. I'm definitely going to read this book! I must make a note to order it before I forget. :)

    Tara x

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  6. I've seen this book every time I go into the bookstore and I never purchase it! (though I want to) Now that you have called it your favourite book of the year so far I definitely need to get my hands on it. x

    Divya

    heartoffnowhere.blogspot.com

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  7. I got this book for Christmas, and I still haven't got around to reading it! Shame on me. Your post has definitely inspired me to bump it to the top of my 'to read' list :) xx

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  8. I really really need to read this. Although I'm slightly worried that all the good things I've heard have upped my expectations. The same thing happened for me with TFIOS and I just didn't love it as much as I had hoped. But I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and start reading. That quote is lovely.
    Laura xx

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