|| Book Review || The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ||
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Age category: Young Adult, Adult
Release Date: September 13th 2011
Version Read: Paperback
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 breath-taking 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—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 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.
How do I even begin writing a review for this?
I suppose to start off with the best advice that I can give anyone who is considering reading this is that you are not reading this for the plot.
You are reading this for the circus.
To experience the circus.
If you can go into this knowing that then I think you will enjoy the experience very much.
There isn’t much of a plot going on, in fact for at least the first half of the book I was completely baffled and had no real idea what was going on.
Pay close attention to the chapter headings as with each chapter you will follow different characters at different times and the book often goes back and forth between years which can result in confusion if you’re not paying attention.
Les Cirque des Rêves is a very special sort of circus unlike anything else in the world. I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved the descriptions of the various tents with all the different acts, characters and experiences.
I wanted nothing more than to be able to go visit myself but the book does a good job of sucking you in and making you feel like you are actually there.
The characters are interesting and I enjoyed reading about them even if I didn’t particularly connect with any of them.
The pacing was slow overall but the writing style is stunning. I found myself devouring page after page without even thinking about it because I just wanted to keep experiencing more of the magic.
The plot does start to make sense in the latter half of the book and although it is not a particularly exciting plot, it’s good enough and there is a satisfying ending although I was left with many questions.
I suspect that is the point though as to reveal all the mysteries of the circus would spoil the fun, wouldn’t it?
Overall I found this to be an enchanting book, very atmospheric and detailed and I would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys magic and wonder and who enjoys getting lost in the experience of a book.