The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Publication date: Sept. 13, 2011
Doubleday, 387 pages
Source: Library (in the Bahamas!)
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.
— Goodreads.com description
What is there to say about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern that hasn’t been said in the thousands of reviews that beat me to the punch?
This book is so good. The Night Circus is a gorgeous story, beautifully visualized and imaginatively written.
Morgenstern captures the unbelievable fantasy of magic and its darker underside by weaving together tragic and hopeful stories from the many larger-than-life characters who live their lives under the Night Circus big top. Seeing these stories connect, piece by piece, is a stunning experience. To say it’s magical is worthy of an eye roll, I know, but that’s simply the best way to put it.
I am, without a doubt, going to recommend this one to my book club in the future. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is an adult book I’m really glad I read, and one that will appeal to all types of readers.