Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: The Night Circus

This month we read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for my book club.  I can't say enough about what a beautiful book it was.

It's written in a non chronological order of events, and yet you get the complete story.  The characters were colorful and I developed a bond with each and every one.  Even the character I didn't quite like still managed to move me by the end of the story.

If you are a fan of the circus and of odd things, then this book is for you.  I could totally see it done in a Tim Burton movie, at least, that's how I saw the story in my head.


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—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.

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