'The Night Circus'
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: Doubleday; Sept. 2011
Synopsis: Erin Morgenstern’s dark, enchanting debut takes us to the black and white tents of Le Cirque des Reves, a circus that arrives without warning, simply appearing when yesterday it was not there. Young Celia and Marco have been cast into a rivalry at The Night Circus, one arranged long ago by powers they do not fully understand. Over time, their lives become more intricately enmeshed in a dance of love, joy, deceit, heartbreak, and magic. Author Morgenstern knows her world inside and out, and she guides the reader with a confident hand. The setting and tone are never less than mesmerizing. The characters are well-realized and memorable. But it is the Night Circus itself that might be the most memorable of all.
My Take: One word to me sums up this book for the last month: hype! Holy moly, I was even out of the country for two weeks without the Internet and I still think of this book as being everywhere before and after I left. So, in my backpack this book went for my long airplane ride as I expected to be captivated for an incredibly long journey by Le Cirque des Reves.
The story sets out from the get-go as certainly being something totally different than anything I have ever read before. The section dividers are illustrated beautifully in black and white stars of varying degrees which is fitting since the circus is all black and white. The imagination can only guess at how cool that would be. We meet a huge cast of characters (which as usual, for me is hard to keep straight). I could have used a legend or something at the beginning. After all, this book is long and it jumps around a lot in time. Many of them have magical powers and are therefore involved in the formation of the circus. Others are merely captivated by it.
What I enjoyed was how different this book was from anything else I had read. The characters were a little bit creepy, a little bit unusual, and a little bit relateable. You wanted to know them, you wanted to visit the circus and you wanted to be a part of the magic. I also appreciated the fact that it was somewhat easy to imagine what was occurring. The movie rights have been bought and I do believe it would make a really cool movie.
What I didn't enjoy was how the plot for me did not progress in the middle. This book was long and it jumped around in time a lot. Rather than move it along, I felt it made it was more stilted. I had to remember who was who and instead of being immersed in the story, I was too busy trying to understand what was happening in what time period and to who. It took me out of the moment.
I realize I am in the minority but I think we all know that not every book is for every body. All you have to do is google this book and you'll find plenty of positive reviews.
Cover Lust: Since the circus in the book is all black and white, I think the cover totally fits the book!
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