A unique and mysterious circus experience, The Night Circus is full of fantasy. The book is teaming with magical descriptions by author Erin Morgenstern. Isn’t the hand done, paper-cut cover great? Prepare to be regaled by acrobats and magicians, in a late 19th century setting.
I have to admit, I read The Night Circus some time ago, and I should have written my review then, because now I’m forgetting the details. I remember enjoying the imagery of the circus – there is a magnificent clock, and even an ice garden! My remembrance or rather lack thereof, gives rise to my critique: that the intricacies of the story render the complex plot as ephemeral as Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) itself.
Although not mentioned in the traditional book blurb, the twins Poppet and Widget, born on opening night, become as much main characters as the central protagonists. Their story is one the best strands in this tapestry.
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.