And so I began to research. If I am going to give hours and hours of reading and more hours of preoccupation to this book, I had better check to see if it is worth it.
The internet said:
"The plot follows Walter Moody, a prospector who travels to the fledgling West Coast of the South Island settlement of Hokitika, near New Zealand's goldfields in 1866 to try and make his fortune. Instead he stumbles into a tense meeting between twelve local men, who draw him in to the complex mystery behind a series of unsolved crimes."
Throughout the book are charts of the signs of the zodiac. I did not understand them and thought perhaps that is a sign that this book is not for me.
But, but, but. I have travelled the length of New Zealand and loved it. I have not read much from that country. And this book did win the Man Booker Prize last year.
Here are some comments by readers
- story leaps around through time sequences (NOT GOOD)
- long-winded and repetitive (NOT GOOD)
- too many characters (NOT NECESSARILY GOOD)
- the only luminous thing is the title, which doesn't suit (OOPS!)
- why did it win the Man Booker Award anyway?