Eleanor Catton

#98787 Eleanor Catton

To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt. .

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#98788 Eleanor Catton

The way that I see astrology is as a repository of thought and psychology. A system we've created as a culture as way to make things mean things. .

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I see disappointment as something small and aggregate rather than something unified or great. With a little effort, every failure can be turned into something good. .

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#98790 Eleanor Catton

Writing is exhilarating, but reading reviews is not. I've been really devastated by 'good' reviews because they misunderstand the project of the book. It can be strangely galvanising to get a 'bad' one. .

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#98791 Eleanor Catton

I went to a state school in Christchurch, New Zealand, and then straight on to the University of Canterbury. But I worked part-time all the way through high school: first with a paper round, then at a fast-food outlet, a video store and a hardware store. .

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#98792 Eleanor Catton

Astrology's a moving system that depends on where you're looking at it from on Earth. My horoscope here in London would be completely different to down in New Zealand. .

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#98793 Eleanor Catton

Fiction is supposed to be immersive and supposed to be entertaining and narrative, so structures have to be buried a little bit. If they come foregrounded too much, it stops being fiction and starts being poetry - something more concrete and out of time. .

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#98794 Eleanor Catton

I grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, in a city chosen and beloved by my parents for its proximity to the mountains - Christchurch is two hours distant from the worn saddle of Arthur's Pass, the mountain village that was and is my father's spiritual touchstone, his chapel and cathedral in the wild. .

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There are so many ways of posturing that people associate with being a writer. They imagine you wearing a beret and drinking only red wine and being full of yourself, and so, for a long time, the way I felt about writing was too private. I felt it too important and didn't want to be teased about it. So I lied about it. .

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#98796 Eleanor Catton

Often I listen to songs on repeat for days and days at a time. There's something hypnotic or meditative, and it mirrors the way that I am putting the sentence together, going back over the same phrases again and again. .

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#98797 Eleanor Catton

I am a New Zealander, but I don't want to swallow New Zealand identity in one gulp. .

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I can feel the public side of my life and the private side of my life sort of drifting away from one another. .

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An interesting thing about New Zealand, you know, literature is that it really didn't begin in any real sense until the 20th century. .

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From the very beginning, I had an ambition for 'The Luminaries': a direction - but not a real idea. .

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Sometimes I'll read something on Twitter, and I'll just be in the darkest of moods for the rest of the day or the rest of the week sometimes. .

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#98802 Eleanor Catton

I really wanted to write an adventure story, a murder-mystery that was set during the gold-rush years in New Zealand. .

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#98803 Eleanor Catton

I think that writers of literary fiction would do well to read more books for children. .

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#98804 Eleanor Catton

I vote far-left. I am frequently angered by corporate greed and think education ought to be free and teachers paid well. .

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#98805 Eleanor Catton

It's very brave going from a position of authority to one where you are an apprentice. .

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#98806 Eleanor Catton

I think it's more optimistic about human nature to acknowledge that people are the products of their time but then to see that they have moments of grace and dignity that everybody has. .

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#98807 Eleanor Catton

It seems pretentious to assume that we are not creatures of action. I think often it takes a situation of extreme absurdity, extreme action, to push us to the limits of what our character is, and to change us as people. .

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#98808 Eleanor Catton

A trip to the picture framer's, with a selection of prints, is the most joyous outing I can imagine. I've spent more money on framing than on anything else I own. .

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#98809 Eleanor Catton

I believe really strongly in imitation, actually: I think it's the first place you need to go to if you're going to be able to understand how something works. True mimicry is actually quite difficult. .

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#98810 Eleanor Catton

I think that, in principle, a workshop is such a beautiful idea - an environment in which writers who are collectively apprenticed to the craft of writing can come together in order to collectively improve. .

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#98811 Eleanor Catton

One of the things I really like about Victorian novels is the close anatomisation of character. People's gestures and mannerisms and the quality of their thought is very closely identified and analysed. .

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