The Night Circus

The Night Circus UKTitle: The Night Circus.

Author: Erin Morgenstern.

Summary: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who who call themselves the rêveurs—the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy mastersm they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

Review: I found this book randomly on amazon about a year ago. I just thought it sounded like the perfect book to get lost it. A magical circus full of extraordinary things, beautifully told. I added it to my wishlist, and got if for my birthday. It sat on myself for many months, because it is a hardback copy, and with so many paperbacks to read, i always put it off. Now i have finally got around to reading it.

I am not usually a fan of too much or overly detailed description. I can find it dull, dragging the story along with insignificant details about how many buttons are on someone’s very specifically tailored coat or the exact layout and style of a room of no importance that half a page of story takes place in. I find it unnecessary. With The Night Circus, the vivid and in-depth descriptions are the whole point of the book. They were not insignificant or pointless, they created the entire atmosphere of the book. The plots were weaved between the world created, rather than elbowing useless details of a world into an intricate plot. And it worked. It could see it, i could feel it, i could smell it.

The plot itself was interesting enough, but only alongside the vividly created world in which it was set. A world where anyone can learn ‘magic’, but so few chose to even acknowledge the possibility of it. The world focused on is, as the title states, The Night Circus. Where ‘magic’ is flaunted and used to create incredible interactive spectacles. Within the circus a game is being played between two illusionists, except they don’t know the rules. The circus itself is the venue for their game, the attractions they create their most important pieces, while the inhabitants and guests are the pawns.

Weaved through the main plot, there are others that slowly cross paths until they all join up at the end. There is Bailey, stuck on his father’s farm waiting for the circus to return. There is Poppet and Widget, born on the circus’ opening night with stage abilities they need help to understand. As well as numerous lives of people involved with and affected by the circus, in positive and negative ways. Nothing can be taken or read in isolation, all these stories impact on each other. Small lines in an intricate drawing with incredible detail.

Without the world detailed in such rich description and specifics, the plots would be much more mundane and less thrilling. Even the characters would seem lackluster without the backdrop of the interesting, enthralling and mysterious Circus of Dreams. It really is a story to get lost in.

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2 Responses to The Night Circus

  1. Keri B. says:

    I loved this book, too. I hope she writes more equally awesome books. I read it last year, but it was undoubtedly my favorite book I read all year.

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