Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

the-night-circusTitle: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: July 3, 2012 by Anchor (first published September 13, 2011)
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA
Series Information: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Source: Personal Purchase
Recommended For: Lovers of theatricality and whimsy who don’t mind a little bit of the unbelievable with a hint of romance.
Goodreads Rating: 4.03
My Rating:✰✰✰

 

 

 

  Oh Night Circus, how we had such a love-hate relationship. I’m not going to lie, this book took me about a week or so to read because I just couldn’t find momentum in the story. This story had come highly recommended from friends and even from my local thrift bookshop, so you can imagine my chagrin when I was almost halfway in and bored to death. Don’t let my boredom be misinterpreted as a distaste for the story – I absolutely loved the detail that went into setting the scenes, the descriptions of the actions taking place, and the intricacies of the characters were really well written, but the plot took FOREVER to manifest and become clear. Which, on that note, I can admire Erin Morgenstern’s writing of the game. I do not know if it was intentional or not, but my own personal frustration with not knowing the details of the game, along with the players in it, really made me think after I had finished the book. I can relate now to the emotion of Celia and Marco about wanting more details so that they knew how to win their eternal challenge. There also is the note of the book chapters bouncing from year to year, sometimes in what I would assume is the “present”, the past (which set up the whole Le Cirque des Rêves), and what put the reader in the future. It’s a subtle nod to the characters of Poppet and Widget and their magical abilities.
Now, I didn’t fully dislike the book – it was about Part III or so when the momentum picked up. Celia and Marco were not in the dark about who their opponents were and their playful game of cat-and-mouse turned more into beautiful collaboration, not to mention their almost tragic romance. I probably read the last 219 pages in a flurry of desperation due to everything else progressing so slowly. I fought back the dull ache of sleep last night, just to hit those last few pages – even with getting into bed at midnight isn’t always ideal when you have work the next morning, but luckily I do not have to be in until 10am 😉 I really enjoyed the bits where it seemed like you, the reader, was at the circus yourself and when you receive the business card for the owner, Bailey, I wonder if you might get an email back if you send one to the address? Hmmmm…

Have you read The Night Circus? What did you think? I’m curious if anyone else picked up on the subtle nuances of the writing that connected to what the characters in the story felt – I feel like it’s this weird “gift” I have when it comes to any form of storytelling (books, movies, tv, etc).

Purchase a copy for yourself here: The Night Circus

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