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!