Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize with The Luminaries

28-year old Eleanor Catton just won the 2013 Man Booker Prize with her novel The Luminaries, making her the youngest writer to ever win. I've been meaning to check out the book -- it looks like an absolutely wonderful historical saga.

Of the rest of the shortlist, the only novels of particular interest to me were Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. I enjoyed both very much, but thought Toibin's short novella was a far superior book. I'll certainly be adding The Luminaries to my reading list!

1 comment:

  1. Twelve men in a room unknowingly yet serendipitously interrupted by a thirteenth; was this meeting written in the stars?

    Though long at over 800 pages, the story and the pace of the writing never slows down. The characters are well fleshed out and the prose is brilliant.

    Though I enjoyed the book, I bought it as a combo offer on all the Booker Prize Nominees Flipkart had. I was more moved by We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo and A Tale for the Time Being by Rugh Ozeki. Had I read this as a stand-alone book perhaps, I'd have been more impressed.