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The Luminaries

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

A remarkable book both for the thoroughly engaging story and for

A remarkable book both for the thoroughly engaging story and for the amazing use of the English language. Though the story could have been told in far fewer pages, it would have been a completely different and diminished reading experience. The plot is so well-conceiv...
A remarkable book both for the thoroughly engaging story and for the amazing use of the English language. Though the story could have been told in far fewer pages, it would have been a completely different and diminished reading experience. The plot is so well-conceived and so imaginatively presented that it is impossible not to be caught up.

Twelve diverse men, each implicated in events surrounding a recent death and disappearance, meet to share information in hopes of determining the actual culprit, as well as what actually happened that night. A hermit and former gold-miner is found dead in his mountain cabin. On the same night the mining town’s wealthiest young man disappears, and the miners’ favorite whore is found senseless from opium overdose in the middle of the road. In the hermit's cabin is found a fortune in retorted gold.

And so the story unfolds as each tells what they did and know, each agreeing to honor the secrets of the others. At the meeting’s end, each goes forth to use the information gained to further their joint purpose. As new facts come to light, and old relationships are likewise revealed, the depth of the deceit evolves and the web becomes more tangled.

The characters of these men, and the other interrelated townspeople, are meticulously explored and revealed, in language so perceptive and expressive, that the reader knows each, his character, motivations, and goals, intimately.

Mystery readers who are unaccustomed to this lavish writing style will still thoroughly enjoy the book, even if they are reduced to skimming. B&N please remove the unrelated reviews . . .

posted by eagle3tx on November 2, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Didn't make it through

The language is beautiful and poetic but in the style it's written the story is J-U-S-T...T-O...S-L-O-W. I hung in for 267 pages (out of more than 750) and then had to bail.

posted by WillDime on November 30, 2013

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