I remember the hardcover copy of The Night Circus with a worn jacket sitting on one of the shelves in the local library. I was in high school then. The cover was pretty, so I picked it up. This time around, I’ve read the book with so much nostalgia.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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’ve been captivated by this book, and the beautiful cover, for years, and I had to purchase a copy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the hardcover one, but the story remained magical nonetheless.
About The Night Circus
There are two things I especially liked about this book. First were the parts addressing the reader, the visitor of Le Cirque des Rêves, and presenting the attractions in the circus to him. The second were the time jumps and the chapters focusing on different characters. That helped in creating the mystery and the suspense in the story.
The point in the book that finally explains the intricate ties connecting the circus and the characters was so satisfying to read, and I loved that moment of clarity. That was the focal point and the point at which the story unraveled.
The mystery around all the characters was also gripping. All were there for a reason. They make a peculiar company, but they are all important links in the chain of events that started long ago.
As I said, The Night Circus is a nostalgic read, and it felt good to go back to this story that I thought about so many times since I first read it. Inside the gates of The Night Circus, between the beautiful prose and the intense dance of tricks and illusions, the unassuming details in description, and the words that are murmured in dialogue, but are not that insignificant, I am a loyal rêveur simply admiring the art.
Getting to the end of The Night Circus really felt like stepping out of the circus and into the real world, with the gates closing behind me. I could almost hear the creaking as they shut. It is the same feeling I had all these years ago when I first read it, and I know the magic will linger until I go back to it again.
Have you visited The Night Circus yet? What is your favorite part? If you haven’t, consider this post an invitation to do it. You will love it!
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