Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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 RĂªves, 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.

Starting with the cover art (the picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice), The Night Circus is a book of beauty.  The circus, the clocks, the attractions in the tents, even the people themselves, are intricate and creative yet there is room for interpretation.  The reader can create her own magical world.

The story is also intricate, sometimes to the point of confusion, but in an intriguing way.  The characters and their histories are revealed in minute increments, like blossoms from a circus garden - little surprises springing open at just the right moment.  Like the writing, the plot somehow blends detail with space for each reader's imagination.  The Night Circus is unlike any other book I've read, and I'm anxious for the next unique world that Ms. Morgenstern creates.


  1. Great review! I have this one sitting on my to-be-read shelf. I've heard such great things about it that I might have to drop everything else and read this book...sooner rather than later.

  2. This book sure is getting a lot of buzz. This is a great review! I'm intrigued. This one is going on my list (for 2012!).

  3. This does sound like a good book! I need to start writing down all the books you review to look for them! And then I have to get off the computer to actually read more books, LOL! (I do like to read, I do try to read at least 1/2 hour daily in addition to reading blogs and Bible reading :)


  4. Thank you for leaving a comment on my post. I am delighted to find you!

    I haven't read this book yet, though I've been hearing good things about it. I enjoyed your review. I have it on hold at the library, I think there are still 30 people ahead of me!
    I'll be back for your advent tour day for sure!

  5. I'm thinking this one sounds like a good one for my book club - they love to have something that really pushes them.

  6. I have this book on my TBR list because apparently it was the product of a NaNoWriMo event. I find that inspiring.

    GREAT review!!

    (by the way...I love the new layout, although perhaps it isn't so new. I apologize for my long absence)

  7. I didn't know what this book was about and hadn't read any of the reviews about it at all and I really just liked the name. I was a bit skeptical when I started to read it but once I got more into it, I found this book to be amazing! Simply wonderful! I read the book in about a week, maybe a little less, I honestly couldn't put it down and now it definitely goes on my list of books that I love. It is literally one of my favorite books that I have read in the last year. I highly recommend it!