The Luminaries? More like confusionaries

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, I’d almost go as far to say that I loved it – but immediately after finishing, I spent the better part of an hour on the internets trying to find someone with a greater mind than mine who had worked out what the hell went on. I think I need to get comfortable with the fact that I may never truly understand what happened in the novel. But, let’s face it, it’s not the first time I’ve been left confused, and I’m certain it won’t be the last: five years on and I’m still scratching my head about The Sound and the Fury.

If I had my time again, I would probably nerd up on astrology before I read it, because I think that would have enhanced my enjoyment. As a story on its own, without the overarching astrology element, it’s still super enjoyable – a compelling mystery with a host of colourful characters – but after lots of Googling, I’ve realised just how much the astrology arc adds to the story.

I can totally understand why it won the Booker Prize, which is an award where the judges may have to read a book up to three times. I think this is one of those books that would improve every time you read it, and if it hadn’t taken me so bloody long the first time I might just consider it. But time is short, and my TBR pile is long.

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