The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

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“The Circus arrives without warning.  No announcements preceede 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.”

This book spellbinds you with the first sentence, and doesn’t release you untill you finish.  Sometimes not even then.  You are effortlessly immersed in a world of black and white, surrounded on all sides by tents and unthinkable wonders, and loath to return back to the real world when night ends. 

Two dueling young magicians, Marco and Cecilia, have been brought up for the sole purpose of defeating each other in a duel where only one can be left standing.  After a chance meeting one night, they find themselves drawn to each other more than is safe.  As they try to repress their growing attraction and focus on the game that their instructors promise them is of life-or-death importance, more than they could ever guess hangs in the balance. 

This book was different from any other that I’d previously read because it seems to focus on setting more than plot or characters, although those are also present.  I was mesmerized with the enchanting world that surrounded me as I delved into it’s pages.  The circus itself was the main character, and even the most fantastic happenings seemed to make perfect sense in the world that was painted.  I never questioned anything about the circus–such was the entrancing realism of the pages.  The world is easy to lose yourself in.  You can almost smell the carmel popcorn and exotic treats, see performers lit by lanterns and stars, and feel the crisp night air mixing with a magical excitement that is shared by all.  You read in the faces around you that they too realize that there is a certain undefineable special-ness about the circus. 

This book is one to savor slowly, and lose yourself in again and again, like the many Rêveurs before you who meander through the tents by your side.  The circus is singular because of how stunningly realistic it is.  Seldom do I come across a world that makes so much sense, that it seems to have simply come to be one day, instead of being written.  I highly suggest that anyone who occasionally likes to escape reality to a place full of marvelous, elegant beauty pick up this book. 

For your viewing pleasure, a “trailor” for the Night Circus.  The maker got a little transition/ background/ special effects-happy, but it might give you an idea of the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7a8jD61lsqk

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2 thoughts on “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. This was one of those books that made me sad it was over. It was recommended to me in a time of great personal pain, and the magical journey it took me on was breath-taking. Thanks for your input. I look forward to reading more of your blog

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