The ​Luminaries 9 csillagozás

Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

It ​is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On 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 fortune 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. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-20s, and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the… (tovább)

Eredeti megjelenés éve: 2013

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Granta, London, 2014
832 oldal · puhatáblás · ISBN: 9781847084323 · Illusztrálta: Barbara Hilliam
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Granta, London, 2013
832 oldal · ISBN: 9781847084316
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Granta, London, 2013
832 oldal · ASIN: B00D2JDNQ4

Kedvencelte 1

Most olvassa 1

Várólistára tette 18

Kívánságlistára tette 9


Kiemelt értékelések

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Hintafa P
Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton regénye egészen elképesztő. Mind az elbeszélés módjában, felépítésében, mind a történet, és az egész hangulát tekintve. Egyik meglepetés követte a másikat. S bár nem egy pörgő, fordulatos könyv (tele kifinomult és gyönyörű leírásokkal a szereplőkről, a körüményeikről és az őket körülvevő világról), nem érdemes kihagyni. Igazi csemege, elegáns, kreatív és egészen pazar az ötlet, ahogy felépítette a regényt. Azt hiszem az eddig olvasott Man Booker -díjasok közül messze ez tetszett a legjobban.

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Ladyorlando
Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

Hát nem rövid, de nagyon jó! Pontosan és jól megrajzolt szereplők, (nekem) szokatlan helyszín, egy kis rejtéllyel vegyítve. A végén minden szál szépen összevonva. Ezek után nagyon kíváncsian várom Catton következő könyvét.

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vebu
Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

Nem mondom, hogy két nap alatt kiolvastam, és még csak két hét alatt sem… Nagyon hosszú regény, rengeteg, pontosan megrajzolt szereplővel, és egy nagyon furcsa történettel, egy szokatlan helyszínen. Először nagyon lelkes voltam, tetszett az egész történet íve, de a vége felé úgy érzem elveszett, vagy legalábbis elhalványult a könyv mondanivalója, és az egész lezárás valami hiányérzetet hagyott maga után…. Úgyhogy kissé elégedetlen vagyok, mínusz egy csillag. De egy esélyt szerintem nyugodtan adhat neki bárki.


Népszerű idézetek

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angelacsapo22 

Joseph Pritchard always sought the hidden motive, the underlying truth; conspiracy enthralled him. He formed convictions as other men formed dependencies – a belief for him was as a thirst – and he fed his own convictions with the erotic fervour of the willingly confirmed.

120. oldal, 4. fejezet -Saturn in Libra (Granta Publications, 2013)

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fehernyul

'The problem with beautiful women,' Clinch said presently, 'is that they always know it, and the knowing turns them proud. I like a woman who doesn't know her own beauty.

542. oldal

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RitaMoly P

‘I trust her because I love her,’ said Staines.
‘And how did you come to love her?’
‘By trusting her, of course!’
‘You make a circular defence.’
‘Yes,’ the boy cried, ‘because I must! True feeling is always circular — either circular, or paradoxical — simply because its cause and its expression are two halves of the very same thing! Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love. Any man who disagrees with me has never been in love — not truly.’

669. oldal, Paenga-wha-wha (Granta, 2014)

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fehernyul

He snatched off his hat. 'How outrageously rude of me. I haven't introduced myself. Staines is my name. Emery Staines.'
Clinch used this opportunity to interject. 'And how do you like Hokitika, Mr. Staines?'
'I like it very well indeed,' replied to boy. 'It's a perfect hive of contradictions! There is a newspaper, and no coffee house in which to read it; there is a druggist for prescriptions, but one can never find a doctor, and the hospital barely deserves its name. The store is always running out of either boots or socks, but never both at once, and all the hotels along Revell-street only serve breakfast, though they do so at all hours of the day!'

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angelacsapo22 

When he spoke, he freely interchanged the language of auspice with the language of dreams: there was no conflict, in Cowell Devlin's mind, between reality as he wished to perceive it, and reality as it was otherwise perceived. Such an inclination might, in the context of another man's temperament, be called ambition, but Devlin's self-imagewas impregnable, even mythic, and he had long ago determined that he was not an ambitious man. As might be expected, he was given to bouts of very purposeful ignorance, and tended to pass over the harsher truths of human nature in favour of those that could be romanticised by whimsy and imagination.

88. oldal, 3. fejezet - Mars in Sagittarius (Granta Publications, 2013)

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angelacsapo22 

Moody had no small genius for the art of diplomacy. As a child he had known instinctively that it was always better to tell a partial truth with a willing aspect than to tell a perfect truth in a defensive way.

34. oldal 1. fejezet - Mercury in Sagittarius (Granta Publications, 2013)


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