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Book: The Night Circus

nightcircus-erinmorgensternIt’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review (one year to be exact), but I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern… I know I’m a little late to the game since this book was released in 2011, but I can truly say it’s one of my favorite books.

I absolutely loved 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 Rêves, and it is only open at night.

Reading The Night Circus was like stepping into the world of Le Cirque des Rêves, each page had me spellbound, anxious to see what happened next… or exactly what had just happened. I found the non-linear writing style to be a perfect compliment to the dreamlike world in which the story takes place, often giving glimpses of events before revealing how or why.

The Night Circus is a story about two illusionists, Marco and Celia, who were bound together long before they ever met in a mysterious competition for which the circus serves as the venue. The circus makes it way around the world as the lives of Marco and Celia become more and more intertwined with that of the circus. The whole experience comes to life on each page, and at times it felt like I could look up and discover myself lost in the Cloud Maze or wandering through the Ice Garden.

Almost all of the characters were enchanting in their own ways, and I found myself invested in each of their lives as the narrative weaves across the nearly thirty years in which the main plot takes place. The ending felt a little forced, but it didn’t detract from the incredibly rich and surreal world I felt as though I’d been living in all day.

Wonderful book that I’d highly recommend!

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