Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
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- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Publication date: 9/13/2011
- Pages: 400
- ISBN-13: 9780385534635
- Review Source: ARC from Doubleday
- Purchase: B & N | Amazon | Book Depository
Overview: 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.
My Take on The Night Circus:
As most book geeks know, it’s not uncommon to find a novel that you think is going to be totally amazing, and only after reading it; it turns out to be tragically disappointing. With The Night Circus I am excited to say, this was not the case. I was completely enticed from beginning to end. From the words to the art, I was amazed and simply blown away. I’m usually not into circus stories let alone one that takes place before the turn of the century, but The Night Circus draws you in with its supernatural charm that it’s easy to forget the time and get lost in its wondrous magic.
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Celia Bowmen comes to live with her father Hector Bowmen who happens to be the famous magician Prospero the Enchanter. Hector soon realizes that Celia has magical abilities and decides to use it to his benefit. Calling upon his old friend, Hector introduces his friend to Celia and issues him a challenge to be held out in a circus. After accepting this challenge, the man goes off to find a child magician of his own which he soon finds in Marco. After years of training, Marco takes a job as an assistant for Mr. Bailey, the creator of the The Night Circus. Soon after, Celia becomes the magician at the circus. As the story evolves, not only does the competition unfold, but Celia and Marco develop feelings for each other and soon fall in love, a type of love that does not go unnoticed due to their magical abilities. Despite the fact that the pair falls in deeply love, the competition must continue, and a winner must be declared.
I fell in love with the eloquent way The Night Circus was written. Not only do we hear it from Celia and Marco’s points of view, but from several different characters who hold significance in the story. You understand how each person felt and how they handled a situation. The reader is also given the perspective of visiting the circus and the emotions that come along with it. This was a big plus for me, because Erin Morgenstern not only gave avid details of the sights and colors, but also the sounds of those around you, the smells of popcorn, and the feelings of elation and curiosity at being enthralled by Le Cirque des Rêve’s uniqueness and allure. The Night Circus rates extremely high in opinion, and I highly recommend it to you.
5 out of 5 Controllers
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