Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Review || The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title: The Night Circus
Author+Erin Morgenstern
Pages: 387
Genre: Historical, fantasy, romance, suspense
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: September 13, 2011
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. 
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way--a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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. 
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved--the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them--are swept up in a wake of spells and charms. 
But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 
Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance. 
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

My Thoughts:

The book starts out with us standing in a crowd on the street outside the circus in the cold, debating on whether or not we should leave or stay to see the opening of it. Before we can make up our minds, the circus tents start lighting up leaving us in awe. Then, a sign appears: Le Cirque des Rêves. Which stands for "The Circus of Dreams." 

After the awe-inspiring display of magic, things get a little sad. Celia shows up at her father's with a note attached to her coat button; inside: a suicide letter. Things move forward and a man we only know so far as "then man in the grey suit" shows up to one of  Hector's (Celia's father) magic shows. Afterwards, they get into a conversation about a game they Hector wants to play. The man in the grey suit obliges, and thus, the story is set up to move along.

Moving along, we then accompany the man in the grey suit to what I believe is a school. He's searching for the player who he could train to potentially beat Celia in the game Hector has asked him to play. After dismissing one boy and a girl, the man in the grey suit finds who he is looking for.

Over the years, Celia spends most of her time in theaters in New York, but often other cities like Boston, Chicago, San Francisco. She has trips to Milan, Paris, and London as well. 
The boy the man in the grey suit has chosen on the other hand, grew up in a town house in London. Secluded away from everyone. The only person he sees is the man who never says a word, but cuts his hair once a month, and once a year measure him to get him new clothing, and the man in the grey suit. He passes the time by reading out of books the man in the grey suit has brought him as well as writing. 

At times, this book made me extremely uncomfortable. The difference in learning that Celia and the boy the man in the grey suit chose is huge. Hector does a lot of screwed up things all in the name of teaching Celia lessons, while the man in the grey suit's approach is a more backseat approach to things. He guides the boy to lessons, but lets the boy himself figure things out on his own through loneliness without hurting or scarring him in the process.

Throughout the book, the thing I was drawn to the most was the food. I have never read a book before that made me drool as much as this one did. It's very hard to illicit a stomach rumble in someone through a book without photos, so Morgenstern did very well on her part, I believe.

I haven't read a book this year more magical and alluring at The Night Circus. It was so intriguing and mesmerizing as most books are about the circus, but...The Night Circus has something else added into it I can't quite pinpoint. All in all, it is an amazing book that should not be skipped! Go read it!

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite all-time reads! This book is magical. It's beyond words. I think the author is a sorceress.
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