Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: 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. 

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


Le Cirque des Reves ( The Circus of Dreams). I don't know where to start. I can't get my thoughts straight so I can accurately describe how great this book is. How fantastically brilliant. It's wonderfully imaginative and dream like. I've never been to a circus before but after reading this book, I have high expectations. Reading about Le Cirque des Reves is like walking into Diagon Alley or eating in The Great Hall at Hogwarts , seeing and being blown away by it all.The Magic.That's what it's about in the end. The magic of the circus

If you read this book expecting a love story then you will get one. A very subtle yet beautifully sad one. Cilia and Marco eventually fall for each other and don't want to continue the competition. But they are bound and can't escape the competition 'till one of them dies. In the end they find a way to escape and be together. I liked Cilia's character, I liked that she couldn't control her emotions sometimes. Emotions make a person colourful. Marco on the other hand I couldn't help but endure him. Only in the last few chapters Seeing him with Cilia did I begin to like him  more.

Although there's a love story ,it's not the main story.(I think) this book is more about the circus itself. A circus of magic and light. After all it is called The Night Circus, and what a place. I wish it were real, I'd be following it like the revuers. I'd even endure wearing something red. I'd just love to walk around the different tents and watch the statue's, eat caramel apples and chocolate rats. To get a chance to explore the Wunschruam clock and memorise it , visit The Ice Garden ,make a wish at the wishing tree. 

The other characters are fantastic as well. Popet and Widget are fun to read about. Widget's stories are brilliant and his love for foods is likable in any character. 

It's a bit confusing to follow the actual plot in the beginning because the chapters keep going back and forth. I stopped trying to remember the years and just kept reading. It all eventually makes sense and falls together nicely. 

The circus was suppose to be a venue for the competition ,in the end it becomes more than that. It becomes something magical, something important to many people. 

The circus arrives without a warning. 

paper dragons, ice gardens, bottled bedtime stories, black and white striped tents,a carousel that seems a bit alive. If you can't appreciate these little imaginative notions . Then this isn't you're kinda book.


Dedicated to Friedrick Thiessen,
Sincerely a reveur

1 comment:

  1. I have heard many good things about this book but still haven't read it. Will have to check it out. Great review! Thanks for stopping by :)



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