The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

fiction historical adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced

864 pages | first published 2013

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It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events:...
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Summary of 3368 reviews

Moods

mysterious 88%
adventurous 65%
challenging 46%
reflective 28%
dark 24%
tense 22%
emotional 20%
sad 12%
informative 8%
funny 7%
inspiring 7%
hopeful 5%
lighthearted 3%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 67%
medium 30%
fast 1%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 62% | Plot: 27% | Character: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 24%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 58% | No: 25% | Yes: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 67% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 11%

Average rating

3.86

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