Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is an enchantment from start to finish. Imagine a circus with wildly imaginative performances and attractions, only open from dusk til dawn. That is exactly what Le Cirque des RĂªves is and to step foot into its many tents is a magical experience.

The creation of the circus stems from a magical duel between two young people, Marco and Celia, trained since adolescents for this challenge. They use their extraordinary talents to build tent after tent in response to each other without knowing who their opponent is. Furthermore, unbeknownst to them there can be only one victor there is no telling when this challenge will reach its finality.

What Marco and Celia do not anticipate is the plan fate has in store for them and the circus making the challenge more, well, challenging.

The circus is a character all on its own, one body made up by hundreds of pieces. Like its unique and unforgettable clock, every single thing that happens in that circus is like clockwork. Though the novel centers around the competition between Celia and Marco, it is not hard to be drawn to the secondary characters. They are every bit important to the circus and the novel as the protagonists. In a way I like to think that the circus is the main protagonist, a magical umbrella that is also a catalyst for the driving plotline of the novel.

Erin Morgenstern creates a vividly creative tale that brings you to the heart of the circus. Time is ethereal, and a stretch of minutes can seem as quick as one of Celia's sleight of hands. The blending of stories is so effortless, broken into short chapters that capture the various characters' stories. The stories are interwoven in such a way that you don't forget what happened to characters.

There's magic, enchantment, mystery, romance, suspense, and a deep love for a circus that you wish would settle in your town at dusk.

If you enjoy the Night Circus or other magical realism tales, check out The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman or The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.

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