[Review] The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern 

Publication Date: September 13th 2011 
Publisher: Doubleday 
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages 

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 per formers 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.


My Thoughts:

Magical. That’s one word I can appropriately describe how this book was written. The whole novel is weaved with mystery and sprinkled with mind twisting events that could somehow make you go curios and not put it down.

The description of the sceneries that Morgenstern is trying to let the readers visualize is very enchanting. I like how she thought of putting up the rainy streets of London to the words she used on how it felt to be in the circus as if you are being placed in a wonderland. Letting yourself watch a Tim Burton film would be a great equivalent of how it felt like reading it, except that there’s something about it, may be its the wordings of this book–they make you feel like you’re moving with it.

“…the thrill of being surrounded by something wondrous and fantastical only magnified and focused directly at her. The feel of his skin against hers reverberates across her entire body, though his fingers remain entwined in hers.”

The characters are easy to grow fond with especially in the alternate past and present settings of the novel. Its like actually watching them hitting maturity and facing decisions and choosing their own destinies. Each has their sense of importance, and everything they do has relevance in the story; each of them is a piece of one big jigsaw puzzle that the novel is trying to narrate.

And the protagonists–I love how Celia and Marco cunningly interact with each other in a decent yet edgy manner; like how they keep on beating each other with illusions and masterpieces, but also realizing that they are each other’s source of inspiration. Their words linger with teases and revelations that it could make you crave for more.

“Do you remember all of your audiences?” Marco asks.
“Not all of them,” Celia says. “But I remember the people who look at me the way you do.”
“What way might that be?”
“As though they cannot decide if they are afraid of me or they want to kiss me.”
” I am not afraid of you,” Marco says.

A Night Circus is an enthralling read you should definitely check out!





16 responses to “[Review] The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. Great review! You're very good at convincing me to want to read it! I also appreciate the "you might also like" feature with pics at the bottom of the post. I'll be coming back here for other reviews!

  2. So many people have loved this book! i can't wait to get my hands on it :D. I've honestly been looking for a magical book lately. I didn't know it alternates between past and present, most of the time i don't enjoy that in books, im hoping this will prove me wrong =) great review- juhina

  3. Aww! I love that excerpt at the end! I've only read good reviews for this book and to now have come across another just cements my intent to grab a copy and get started as soon as exams are over.Sarah

  4. This is one of the most anticipated books of the year- its author received a pretty massive advance from Doubleday and the rights to the movie adaptation have already been purchased by the makers of Twilight (EEK). I generally am wary of hype and am nearly always wary of novels about the circus. But the cover on this one was too great to resist!

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