NOT Reading "The Luminaries"

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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby Baker » 24 May 2014, 09:49

Astrology? Oh, no. A superstitious loony to boot. That did not make reading the book any easier.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby wildlx » 25 May 2014, 00:01

lol Answering your question, no Baker, so far I did not find any literary merit.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby Baker » 03 Jun 2014, 08:04

When I tried to open the epub file of this book last night, my e-reader software barfed and told me the file was kaput. I confess that, for a few seconds, I was delighted and wondered if I ought to use that as an astrological sign from the planets, spheres, stars etc etc that I ought not keep reading. Then I imagined a "look" from Wildx, and I found a back-up copy that would open.

When I came to a bit where the narrator/author addresses the reader, I found it a pretentious wankfest. I have no connection with any of the characters and the way she mixes up the timeline is annoying. Is it adding anything? The mystery itself is buried under a pile of words that show no signs of composting into rich material.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby wildlx » 04 Jun 2014, 06:39

lol I didn't know you were afraid of my "look" ;-). I'm now on page 199 and still the book hasn't interested me much. And yes I do agree that the writing is pretentious. At what page are you, Baker?
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby Baker » 04 Jun 2014, 07:24

Not sure, as my e-reader app does % of the book rather than page numbers. I can't remember the percentage, but I do recall it was a distressingly small number not nearly 100 yet. I'm up to the bit where this bloke talks to this other bloke about something.


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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby Nurse Jo » 04 Jun 2014, 07:27

Wildlx, you have a 'look'? lol

Okay, you do actually, it's as scary as Sue's look is!

Thank you both for this sacrifice of time, I can honestly say I will never be tempted by this book now lol .
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby FranW » 04 Jun 2014, 07:40

WOULD YOU TWO LADIES STOP TORMENTING YOURSELVES AND JUST GIVE UP ON THAT BLOODY AWFUL BOOK!?!?!?!?!?!

Life is too short, and there are too many good books out there to read.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby wildlx » 05 Jun 2014, 04:51

That is very true. Should we follow Fran's advice, Baker? I'm reading one now that perhaps will interest you: Sheri S. Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country. Have you read it, Baker? It won the Locus award in 1992 and it has managed to keep me interested so far (I'm now on the last 3rd of the book). That is not to say that the book doesn't have its problems/challenges, starting with Tepper's homophobic take on homosexuality, which is mentioned in the book en passant as being a genetic/hormonal disease which has been eradicated.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby Baker » 05 Jun 2014, 07:32

Yes, I think Fran is right, especially since neither of us is finding the book in any way interesting. Shall we formally abandon our attempted slog through The Luminaries and conclude that neither of us could discover what stratospheric and particular merit the Man Booker judges found in a book they gave one of the most prestigious prizes in English to?

Yes, I've read The Gate to Women's Country. :-) You're correct, there are some problem areas in it, with the homosexuality being a biggie for me. It seemed particularly odd given the composition of society inside and outside the city. Despite that, the book is one I remember warmly.
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Re: Reading "The Luminaries"

Postby wildlx » 06 Jun 2014, 08:25

Yes, It is now official that we give up on our attempt to read The Luminaries.

I liked the The Gate to Women's Country. I finished reading it yesterday.
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