The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Book club’s pick for November, and it’s been awhile since I had to force myself to read a book as much as I had to force myself to read this one.
At least initially, and then once I was into the story (which took a bit) I enjoyed it tremendously and was so glad I’d been “forced” to give it a try.
The writing is rich and the story is so layered. I’m a die-hard genre fiction fan, and literary fiction usually bores me: all descriptions and no action. This isn’t literary fiction (it’s magical realism), but it’s a lot closer to that than I tend to stray. And it’s a good example of why I should stray outside of my genre box – it was wonderful! It is *very* descriptive however, and the plot is slow, so I am a little bit surprised at how much I liked it.
The audio book is narrated by Jim Dale, one of my absolute favorite narrators ever. I kind of wish I’d realized that and listened to it instead, but I also think that it might have been a tough one for me to listen to. You’d need to focus on it in a way that I find challenging right now (thanks to little kids), but if I’d still been commuting and listening to lots of audio books during my drive this would have been a great choice.
Not at all my usual sort of read, but it’s a perfect example of why I’m glad I push to read outside of my comfort zone at times – this was well worth it!
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 per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Category: Fiction / Magical Realism
My Rating: 4 Stars
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