The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My Rating – 4*/5*
‘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.’
I finished this book exactly a week ago and have been pondering on my thoughts and feelings for this book since.
– Am I confused? Yes, I was confused for about 40% of the book.
– Did I love it? Yes.
The whole idea of this book was just wonderful, a magical circus and two illusionists who are in a “game” against each other where only one person can win – how can one person win? Well that’s easy, the other has to die.
SOUNDS SO GOOD RIGHT?
Yes and no.
As per my first little paragraph I was so confused, I didn’t really know how some people fit into it, what was the point of some people? My brain just couldn’t handle all this info and all these people all at once, nu-uh.
It can’t be denied that The Night Circus is beautifully written, there are even mini pages where it’s told from a second point of view – they were interesting to start with but I’m not going to lie – halfway through (since I was already confused), I decided to just skip these.
You can tell that a lot of thought went into the writing, it was beautiful and magical and I liked that different chapters were from different peoples point of views, although confusing at the star towards the middle/end it became much easier to understand what role each character had in the story and I loved reading it from the other people’s point of view.
The pacing was slow, so so so slow at the start that it did take me a while to get into it, but when I did it was such an enjoyable read and I fell in love with each and every character and I highly recommend this to people who love magical realism books with a hint of romance.