Review: The Luminaries

Chronicles of Tania

The Luminaries
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first 200 pages involved long chapters, were very slow to read with circular explanations. Midway through the book, the chapters become shorter, the pace gets faster and faster ending the book in a speedy and abrupt end. The first chapters were 30 pages each and the last few chapters were one page each.

Mmm…I’m not sure what to make of the strange pacing in the book from a meandering snails pace beginning to a formula 1 crash ending. The beginning and end were not satisfactory. There are too many loose ends left in the story. The content of the myriad of stories was interesting howeveras was the location and subject matter, especially the stories of Anna Wetherell, Lauderback/Crosbie/Lydia/Francis.

The links of the astrology charts made no sense/interpretation to the chapters and the likeness of characters to various star…

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