Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

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.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
I can honestly say that this was one of the most unique books I have ever read.  The story takes place over the course of over a decade, and you are taken back and forth on the timeline.  A lot of the time I stayed a bit disoriented, but though I didn't always know what year it was, it really didn't matter.  That wasn't important because I was so lost in the wonders of the circus and the competition between Celia and Marco.  I was immediately drawn into the wonderous storytelling, and I stayed captivated throughout with Morganstern's lovely and charming story.
I gave The Night Circus 4*. 
*I listened to the audio version of The Night Circus.
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