#6Degrees of Separation: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means only one thing: a new #6Degrees of Separation Post! Here’s a recap of the rules:

#6degrees Rules

This month, Annabel and I are starting off with The Lumnaries by Eleanor Catton, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2013.  It’s an epic achievement of a novel, where structure and plot are primary, which meant that for me, the characters were less engaging.  I wrote about the book in my latest Bestseller Breakdown post, if you want more info.

Here’s my chain:

ImageHandler.ashxThe Luminaries/Eleanor Catton
With an overwhelming cast of characters and a clever astrology structure, this book is one many people complete because of its accolade as Booker winner.  I found myself held at arm’s length by my admiration for Catton’s achievement, and never truly engaged with the characters enough to forget I was reading fiction.



when-nights-were-coldThe Goldfinch/Donna Tartt
Like The Luminaries, this book caused quite a stir last year, being nominated for a number of the same prizes as Catton’s book.  It’s also a long book, with a similar white cover.  As they came out at a similar time, the two are tied together in my mind.  I know I’ve made enough noise about how much I loved The Goldfinch, but if you want to read more, you can check out my Bestseller Breakdown post.



the little friendThe Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde
Also on an artistic theme, this novel explores whether bad behavior affects us externally as well as internally, and explores the consequences of our actions.  One of my favourite novels, I love Wilde’s style.



To_Kill_a_MockingbirdThe Portrait of a Lady/Henry James
The link’s all in the title here.  I read this novel while I was aupairing in France and remember reading the last pages on an abandoned carousel in Paris, and crying with the injustice of the ending.  An ending I now can’t remember…I suppose a reread is in order!




uncle_toms_cabin.largeDown and Out in Paris and London/George Orwell
The Paris connection brought me to this one: I read the last book in Paris, and this one is set there, though I don’t think I’ve actually read it.  It’s on the list of ones I feel I should have read however.





the_awakening The Grapes of Wrath/John Steinbeck
Another book I haven’t read but feel like a should.  One thing I love about reading is that I will never run out of books.




the_yellow_wallpaperOf Mice And Men/John Steinbeck

This one just popped into my head, and when I googled the title, I discovered it’s also written by John Steinbeck.  I have read this one however – it’s a quick read with memorable characters and a great sense of place. 



So from a modern novel (though a Victoriana pastiche) I’ve been led to a classic literary book.

I wonder what Annabel Smith came up with…

What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.

Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 5th July and we’ll be starting with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

11 Comments on “#6Degrees of Separation: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  1. Lately I’ve been more and more conscious that I’ve been neglecting the classics so your list was another poke in the ribs to lift my game in that department. I like Steinbeck, but have never read The Grapes of Wrath.

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