Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Goodreads Summary:

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.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


So I'll admit I had to do a little research before writing this. My book research usually involves reading a lot of other reviews and figuring out what people particularly liked or disliked. The reason for this is that I honestly cannot remember many of the details. I remembered the main plot, as well as a couple other (big) subplots. But I was having trouble with the rest. And reading the other reviews, I saw why. Apparently I was the only one that was swept away by the mystery of this book. I'm just one of those that really enjoyed the mystery. There were a lot of disappointed reviews. I was not disappointed when I read this. That I do remember.

Some of the details I forgot were their names. Awful? Yes. But in this case, almost understandable. You don't really need to know their names to identify with the characters. I remember the love between Celia and Marco. I remember all their secret moments and the magic. The magic was amazing. I remember the slightly younger boy and the girl he, for all intents and purposes, fell in love with. The boy who dreamed of finally going to Le Cirque des Rêves. That caught my attention more than Celia and Marco did. And yet I can't for the life of my remember their names.
(Part of the reason for this may be the "lack" of character development in the book. Yes, Celia and Marco aren't really developed very well, but I think that's because it'd ruin their mysterious romance.)
Other characters include Celia's and Marco's instructors. They were rather interesting in my opinion. And there was also a circus performer who's backstory revealed a lot about the game.
There was the guy who threw all the famous invitation-only dinner parties.
But now that's getting into the plot.

Yes, the plot, when you think about it, is not *GREAT*. It's rather simple when you think that it's just a game in which there can only be one winner. I think it's the subplots that add mystery rather than complexity. I can agree to that. But people who don't like it because of the plot are missing the bigger picture. And that's the magic. It's the magic that makes it wonderful and entertaining. It's the backstories and the uncertain future. I loved the detail. Those dinner parties I mentioned earlier? The food sounded DELICIOUS. I wanted to eat the desserts that were described. I wanted to be at those parties. It was crazy. And beautiful.

Rating: 4 stars

Why: I know I raved about how awesome it was, but it's not life changing like some other books. It is glorious and magical though and that is why I loved it.

Recommendation: If you're into magic and romance, this is for you. If you like the idea of dreams and circuses. This is for you.


“People don’t pay much attention to anything unless you give them reason to.”    

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”  

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”  

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”  
“But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.”  
“The most difficult thing to read is time. Maybe because it changes so many things.”

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

“You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough.”


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  1. I have been looking at this book for a while and your review has convinced me to pick it up sometime :) I mean, how can I resist the delicious desserts you say are described? Great review! :)

  2. Thanks for visiting! It truly is a magical book like that. I hope you enjoy it (:


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