The Night Circus (Review)

Book cover for "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 528

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Purchased from a bookstore in Geneva

From the cover:

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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

This book was such a gorgeous read that I’m not sure where to start. So unsure where to start, in fact, that I’ve been putting off writing this review for over a year.

The Night Circus is a book about magic, yes, but also about so much more. What really drew me in was the aesthetics of the story, the beautiful settings that the author created and the depth of the characters’ connection to each other. It was easy for me to picture what was happening, because Morgenstern did such an amazing job of painting it out for me in words.

Even after all this deliberating, there isn’t anything specific that I can say about The Night Circus that I think will really be of any use when deciding whether to read it or not. If you’re interested in books that exude a sense of beauty and mystery, that contain incredible characters that find themselves in challenging situations, and above all, if you value the sense of magic that pervades the entire world – not just the “magic trick” variety – then this is probably a good book for you.


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