The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

five stars

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead”.

Reading “The Night Circus” was indeed a pleasure. I am so glad that Erin Morgenstern had the chance of being published, she is a very promising author and I can’t wait for more books from her. Her literary universe is amazing, very well-written and extremely visual. Throughout the story, there is once in a while chapters written just to intrigue the reader; they include visual descriptions of the different tents and what they reveal, so you can almost smell, taste, hear and see everything perfectly clear in your imagination. Another great thing is that Morgenstern approaches the reader with sentences such as: “You are now walking through…”, so you feel that you are a part of what is going on – that you are invited to see the secrets and unanswered mysteries of the circus. Morgenstern’s visual writing style is beautiful and it’s easy to escape into the unique world that she creates for us.

There are many characters in the story and the often point-of-view-change would normally confuse me, but here it really makes the story comes to life. The characters of the story all have their own story and combined with the others, it all (in the end) makes sense. As a reader of this story, you never have the answers and there is always something left untold, so it was not until the end that everything truly revealed itself.

 “Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”

“The Night Circus” is a mystery and the story of it is even more. There is so much to tell of this story; the circus itself (“the circus of dreams”), the different and interesting characters (Bailey, Poppet, Widget and of course, Celia and Marco). Celia and Marco have their future planned for them and it involves a magical duel, and along the way, it is clear that they are bound more to each other than just magic.

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

As earlier mentioned, I really enjoyed reading this book. I like the idea of an entire world that allows you to escape into it, as well as I like the idea of the element of magic and mystery. Of course, it is subjective what you like as a reader and some would find this story hard to get through because of the fantasy-magic-genre. Although, I would say that it is great to read, also for a regular reader that is not specifically interested in the fantasy genre. Another thing that was great was the presentation of the Victorian history and how all of the stories blend together.
… After reading this book you will wonder if all of it truly was a dream.

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