Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, a panoramic feat of storytelling where the whole thing is connected, but nothing is as it seems….
it’s 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the new Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles throughout a aggravating gathering of twelve local males who have men in secret to talk about a sequence of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to finish her life, and an important fortune has been discovered in the house of a luckless inebriated. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a community of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night time sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of delivery, banking, and gold rush boom and bus, The Luminaries is a brilliantly developed, fiendishly artful ghost story and a gripping page-turner. it is a exciting fulfillment for any individual still in her midtwenties, and can ascertain for critics and readers that Eleanor Catton is likely one of the brightest stars in the world writing firmament.