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 Rêves, 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—an intense, 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 performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Review: The Night Circus is unlike any book I have ever read. The book is about two ancient magicians who have set their protégés against each other in an unusual contest. The venue of the contest is the circus itself. The contestants are unaware of each other, of the rules of the contest or how the victor will be determined.
While reading the book, it was as if I had stepped into their world, as if I was a rêveur myself. Erin Morgenstern has incorporated imagery, a handful of sporadically placed second person point-of-view scenes. She leaves the reader wondering about the circus performers, engages all the five senses beautifully.
The Night Circus leaves you wondering about the circus itself. Is the Circus even real? What does everyone do when the circus is closed? Do the performers even exist in reality or are they a figment of imagination? Are they vulnerable to natural ailments like death, sickness?
“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”
The secrets are all methodically revealed at the end. Beware, readers of romance genres, this book is a fantasy but has the element of romance. The romance between the two protagonists-Celia and Marco- is slow burning but the writer does justice.
“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
I am confused as to whether I should call Celia and Marco the protagonists of this book because there are thirteen other characters namely:
- Tara Burgess
- Lanie Burgess
- Mr. Barris
- Mr. Murray
- Friedrick Thiessen
- Tante Padva
Most of these characters have their own chapters told in their point of view. However, the first time you’ll read the book it’ll seem very confusing and overwhelming, almost like the circus itself. When you get to the end of the book, you’ll make sense of all the characters and the plot itself.
My verdict is to read the book and cherish the dreamy writing. It is exemplary. I would advise you to not read The Night Circus with preconceived expectations, this is the only way you’ll be able to get a good grasp of the story. I highly recommend this book and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Happy reading!
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
About Author: Erin Morgenstern is a writer and multimedia artist who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Boston.
Note: I bought the vintage edition ,and I want to give credit to some awesome people.
- Vania Zouravliov (Cover illustration)
- Suzanne Dean(design)
**Publisher: Vintage books
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