The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is the most beautifully written book I have ever read. The story revolves around a traveling circus and two magicians who’ve spent their youth training for a duel and the strings of prose that Morgenstern crafted to tell their story are pure magic. I devoured the entire book in one day and it’s one that I know that I will for sure be re-reading in the future when I feel like immersing myself in magic. I also love both the US and UK covers. The black, white and red designs are so incredibly striking.
Aftering pointing out how gorgeous the words are in the this novel, the next logicial talking point is the wonderfully immersive world that Erin Morgenstern has built around this mysterious traveling circus named Les Cirque des Reves. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” I had to include the direct quote from the plot synopsis since it describes it better than I ever could! There are people who become obsessed with the circus and spend their lives trying to catch it wherever it may turn up (they call themselves reveurs or dreamers). That is how enchanting each show is. The circus take place in black and white tents and has red accents throughout the different rooms but it’s the giant clock tower that I would do anything to see in real life. I loved that throughout the book there are certain scenes revolving around experiences at the circus that are told through second person POV which allows the reader to feel like they’re there. I would also do anything to try some of the circus food which is so very vividly described or to take a ride on the magical carousel. This book is PERFECT to be made into a really high budget artsy film.
Throughout the course of the novel, you’re introduced to an extensive range of characters and the story spans over years so it can be slightly difficult to keep track of, but it’s complexities are completely worth your time. The story begins with Prospero the Enchanter choosing his daughter Celia and Mr. A. H. choosing an avid reader from an orphanage as the students they will spend their lives training and who will ultimately duel one another to the death when the time comes. Depite their inevitable fate, Celia and Marco fall deeply in love with one another and it’s forbidden romance at its finest.
Final Thoughts: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a magical foray into a world about a traveling circus that I will spend the rest of my life wishing I could experience firsthand. The story is full of the most beautiful imagery surrounding the circus and the magical elements will leave you smiling and daydreaming for years to come. Plus, there are two magicians training for their fated duel and a blossoming forbidden romance between the pair. This book is literally perfect.
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 Reves,” 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. (via Goodreads)