the night circus by erin morgenstern

A Must Read: The Night Circus – a Book Review


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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance. -Synopsis from Amazon-

This little piece of stardust came highly recommended and I found myself bewitched by this night time enchantress from page one. Watching this world develop through an intricately beautiful story line is an incredible thing. It allows one unexpected piece of magic to rush after another seemingly unsurpassable one, yet the chase never ceases and the magic never runs out. 

An immaterial world made real…

A strong part of me wants those gates to be real, those circus tents to appear overnight in a field skirting town, the smells and the sights to be a reality for the taking. The immaterial world created by this story is clearly a mysterious sort of magic, and I’m beginning to think there must be something enchanted within its physical pages too. Even three-hundred pages in, and yet somehow it still felt like page one -I never want that page to end. I was filled with sadness that the left side of this book got thicker as the right side got thinner. I want it to go on forever so that I may visit this world endlessly. But then – I suppose that’s the beauty of a good book.

Just a dash of romance…

It’s never overdone, ever elusive, yet ever sure.

The circus has become a reality for me, as I’m sure it has for many others. I will visit it only and endlessly in late night dreamings; a black gate and the black and white stripes of high top tents will rise up to greet me, a buzz of anticipation and scents of sweet circus treats will fill the air, the clock will strike, and I will get lost among the winding paths found on painted black and white grass – and, of course, a red scarf tucked into my coat for good measure. Won’t you join me? 

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Good Things

  • It begins with a dose of intrigue
  • Adds a spot of magic and mystery
  • You will fall into this world
  • And you won't want to come out again

Bad Things

  • There are no cons. Unless you don't like everything wonderful. Then you might not like it.

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