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The luminaries / Eleanor Catton.

By: Catton, Eleanor, 1985- [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Victoria University Press, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 828 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781847084316.Subject(s): Immigrants -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Prostitutes -- Fiction | Trials (Murder) -- Fiction | Hokitika (N.Z.) -- FictionGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | Detective and mystery fiction | Historical fiction. DDC classification: NZ823.3 Awards: Man Booker Prize Winner 2013. | Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Finalist New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014. | Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013.Summary: It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013 - The astonishing and epic second novel from the prize-winning author of The Rehearsal .

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 Fiction Finalist.

New Zealand Post Book Award Fiction Winner 2014.

New Zealand Post Book Award People's Choice Winner 2014.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

Man Booker Prize Winner 2013.

Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Finalist New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013.

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Library Journal Review

Step into the world of 1886 and New Zealand's goldfields in this Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Catton (The Rehearsal). The plot is complex and nonlinear, often folding back on itself, or, in the author's own words, "moving with the pattern of the heavens." No brief summary can do justice to this tale of more than 20 intertwined characters that begins with a young stranger arriving in town from Scotland and accidentally joining a clandestine meeting of 12 men gathered to analyze unsolved crimes in their frontier community. Within days, a wealthy man mysteriously vanishes, a prostitute attempts suicide, and a fortune in gold is uncovered in the rundown cabin of a reclusive alcoholic. Crime, deception, intrigue, and even love have a part, but this is a Victorian novel written in the 21st century, and the author takes her time weaving her tale, so much of the mystery is not revealed until the last 150 pages. VERDICT Not for everyone. At 800-plus pages, this very long, dense, and intricately crafted novel requires a commitment to finish, but readers will be rewarded for their efforts.-Shaunna E. Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.