A book of such dazzling breadth and scope that it defies any label short of masterpiece.
Steeped in history, The Luminaries feels completely fresh. Contemporary American writers increasingly decline the sweeping range and flow of the past tense. The resulting language compacts into ever-shrinking pages, serving up clipped sentences written in present tense. By contrast, The Luminaries takes its leisurely time roaming the past tense, developing an intricate and complex plot.
Maybe you’re a speed-reader or maybe you’re a psychic who plans their reading lists months ahead of time. Those are the only two possible scenarios by which you may have finished reading all of the books on this year’s Man Booker Long List. And if that’s the case, it’s time to get started on The Guardian’s “Not The Booker” Long List.
Now that Twitter is down and you have all that spare time, might we interest you in one of the 12 titles nominated for the Booker Prize yesterday? So you can, you know, enjoy a book and support an author instead of posting pictures of your lunch?