Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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.

While on the subway one evening with a friend of mine, he passed me his copy of The Night Circus. “Just read this part.” he said, without another word. The passage he indicated was the prologue, titled “Anticipation”. I read it…and I didn’t want to stop reading. Of course, he took it away with him that night and I’ve yet to forgive him…yeah, you know who you are.
There was something very enthralling about the description of this circus. I’m not even a fan of circuses… *whispers* clowns… *shivers*. I wanted to be standing in front of the gates to this particular one, waiting for the sun to set and the gates to open. Indeed, I felt every bit of the anticipation promised by the prologue title.

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