My rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
My god, I made it. Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning first novel is not for the faint-hearted. It is long. And I mean long. It’s also historical fiction, which really isn’t my bag, but ten minutes in, I was hooked. It’s set in New Zealand in 1866 and follows a group of men in a small frontier gold town and the two women who weave through all their stories. It’s intricate, with a kind of detail that doesn’t allow for any loss of concentration. It has death, swindling, and superstition all wrapped up in a veneer of social respectability. Worth delving into if you don’t have a life.
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