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Reading The Luminaries II

At page 360, and the astrology is entertaining. Catton says she would not sacrifice plot for this zodiacal structure, but in novels you can never have your cake and eat it. One reviewer on Goodreads said she felt the book had no heart, and this rings true. Character has been sacrificed.

By character I mean the story belongs to nobody. The viewpoint is not first or third person but omniscient, as if the reader is meant to identify with the distant, celestial forces shuffling fortunes. I'm reading on, hoping to understand why.

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