The Luminaries

The Luminaries was the most fun I have had reading a book in ages. Itโ€™s a sprawling 832 page novel that starts out slow. It uses a very interesting conceit to structure the narrative and itโ€™s characters. Itโ€™s also written like a book from another era yet thoroughly appealing to modern sensibilities. After a measured start it picks up the pace and I found myself racing towards itโ€™s incredibly satisfying denouement. Set in 18th century New Zealand during itโ€™s own gold rush The Luminaries is an intricately plotted mystery novel first. Secondly is witty and funny and itโ€™s eclectic cast of characters remain entertaining throughout. If I had to sum it up it was both, the fastest I have managed finish a novel and the longest novel I have read in recent times.

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