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After reading some of the reviews of this book, I thought they either read something else or I was not reading the Luminaries.
My feeling’s on finishing this book was one of self-congratulation in actually having made it to the end. The panel that judged this book as a Booker prizewinner ought to be dismissed. This was one of the worst books I have ever read, the first 200 pages was pure waffle and could have been condensed to 20 pages. It is a book that you could put down and never pick up again.
As I read on, there was some interesting bits and I thought could have been made into a good story if it was better written. The overall storyline was good but very disjointedly put together. Having continued to read the book and become a little interested in the characters the end of the book is a real let down. This book is far too long and could easily have been cut to about 400 pages, which would probably still be too long.
The only redeeming factor was the description of the 19th century gold rush in New Zealand’s South Island’s west coast.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2014 12:17:30 GMT
"The panel that judged this book as a Booker prizewinner ought to be dismissed." I completely agree. Catton's 'win' is another demonstration of the Man Booker panels' questionable integrity.
How long did it take you to read those 832 pages? Good luck to the people who have to adapt this over-rated drivel for the big or small screen.
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