Englischsprachige Literatur

Catton Eleanor

The Luminaries

Granta, London 2013


Eleanor Catton, born and raised in New Zealand, wrote this, her second novel, when she was 28. With 800 pages it is a brick of a book and a really laborious piece of work. But, I must confess, after about 30 pages, I gave up, because the story had not even started. Catton, like Pessl , is thrilled by her capacity for eloborate words and phrases. But, unlike Pessl, she cannot enthrall the reader likewise.

I am delighted for Catton that she won the Man Booker Prize , but still I am not prepared to read her masterpiece.