The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

fiction historical literary adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced

848 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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Moods

mysterious 91%
adventurous 66%
challenging 47%
reflective 28%
dark 22%
tense 22%
emotional 18%
sad 11%
informative 7%
funny 6%
inspiring 5%
hopeful 4%
lighthearted 2%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 68%
medium 29%
fast 1%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Plot: 31% | Character: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 23%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 56% | No: 26% | Yes: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | No: 21% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 11% | N/A: 1%

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3.85

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