The Luminist

The Luminist

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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IN COLONIAL INDIA, at a time of growing friction between the ruling British and the restless Indian populace, a Victorian woman and her young Tamil Indian servant defy convention, class, and heartbreak to investigate what is gained - and lost - by holding life still. Suggested by the life and work of photographic pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron, The Luminist filters 19th century Ceylon through the lens of an English woman, Catherine Colebrook and a 15 year old Tamil boy, Eligius Shourie. Left fatherless by soldiers, Eligius is brought as a servant to the Colebrooks' neglected estate. In the shadow of Catherine's obsession to arrest beauty - to select a moment from the thousands comprising her life in Ceylon and hold it apart from mere memory - Eligius transforms into her apprentice in the creation of the first haunting photographs in history.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780979018879
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. ; 23 cm.


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Aug 07, 2013

Beautifully written, haunting, with fully rounded characters on every page. I loved it!

jmiles777 Feb 14, 2012

This is one of the better books I've read in the past several years. I would recommend it to anyone/everyone.

cayuga60 Oct 28, 2011

This is a beautifully- and artfully-written novel based on events concerning the English in Ceylon in the 1800s and the advent of the new science of photography. Its craft will remind you of "Cutting for Stone," and will keep you reading into the night.


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