A novel that I resisted reading for a long time, due to my wariness of any description including magicians, I am so sad that I let my pre-judgments get in my way. This is a novel that weaves a tale of love and passion, among one of the most intricately detailed settings that one could ever imagine. The Night Circus is heartfelt, breathtaking, and will transport you to a world that you will dream would really appear before your eyes. Morgenstern makes us hope that Le Cirque des Rêves would appear in our hometown and that we may be able to experience it's power, if only for an evening.
Amazon describes the novel as this:
"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."
And it certainly opened up my heart and my senses, as I followed the story with eager anticipation. This story is not written in a singular time period, instead jumping back and forth between two distinct periods of time, until we see the stories collide before our eyes. Did you enjoy this or did you find it harder to keep up with what was happening in the novel? And if you could pick your favorite part of the circus, which tent would it be? I wouldn't be able to wait to see the clock or the memory tree - and how magnificent they would each be in real life. Did you find yourself bored with the story, or were you as incredibly enchanted as I was? I'd love to hear your take on this!