Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday

ISBN 13: 9780385534635

 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.

 This story captivated me from the first time I read a review of it.  When I discovered my friend Cassie was reading it, I had to know what she thought.  She recommended it. 

 I love the magical nature of this story.  It encapsulates so many genre, without being specific – i.e. Mystery, suspense, romance, science fiction, fantasy, magical, horror, steampunk – it was just a symphony of words!

 I loved the characters of Marco and Celia, how they discover just what they had gotten into, how they had been manipulated into the circus in the first place, and the surprising twists and turns that happen along the way.  The people you think are innocents, are not, and those you are suspicious of, are innocent.  Just when you think you have the story pegged, it changes again.

 I read the Night Circus in three days, with breaks in between, but I couldn’t wait to pick it up and start it again, and I am pleased that I read it.  It is a book with a wide range of appeal, and the writing within it is purely poetic (even I can’t do it justice!)  The entire concept of the story is original, and I can picture the black and white circus with its black and white customs, and I want to see this book made into a movie.


3 thoughts on “Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    • Redhead, I could see it playing out in my head as I read the story. I hope they have someone like Tim Burton, I think he has the artistic flair and enough darkness to bring it to life! Whoever makes it has a big job ahead of them!

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