Man Booker prize

Posted by: ren33

Man Booker prize - Wed Oct 16 2013 05:55 AM

This year's winner of the Man Booker prize for English fiction is Eleanor Catton for her novel 'The Luminaries - a murder mystery set during the New Zealand Gold Rush of 1866.
At just 28, Eleanor Catton is the youngest ever recipient in the prize's 45 year history.
Congratulations! Has anyone read and can review this book?
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: Man Booker prize - Sun Oct 20 2013 01:15 PM

I gather that there's another record (besides youngest winner) involved here--it's the longest book to win the prize (at 832 or 848 pages, according to various accounts).
Posted by: shorthumbz

Re: Man Booker prize - Sun Oct 20 2013 03:59 PM

I read the book: it's fabulous. And however long, it reads REALLY fast. I became a fan of Catton's when I read her first novel, "The Rehearsal," a VERY different kind of book.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Man Booker prize - Sun Oct 20 2013 10:36 PM

Thanks, shortthumbz, I gather it is a history/crime novel. There seems to be a lot of really quality writing in this genre lately. I have already extolled the virtues of Tana French's crime writing. I shall definitely try Catton next.