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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized12 Comments

Publisher: Doubleday

Source: Amazon Vine
Publication Date: 13 September 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0385534639
Format: Paperback(ARC)
Pages: 400
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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First Line: The circus arrives without warning.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of those rare books that is almost impossible to describe. Because in the describing you just give away the plot and when that is brought down to mere inadequate words the magic seeps out of it.  This is a book about a circus. Its a book about people and magic and mystery. Its a romance and its intrigue. Its all of those things and yet none of them at the same time. Its a book that more than anything I just want to crawl inside and spend the rest of my days living in its world.

While I may not be able to clearly define what The Night Circus  is I can tell you what its not. Its not a series, what you find in these pages is all that you will get. This was a hard one for me to deal with in this day where almost every book that comes out seems to be a series. Which is funny as I am suffering from series fatigue but I did not want this story to end. Although I loved how the story played out. All the threads that it contained were woven so intricately and subtlety that when you hit the end and you sit back you discover this amazing tapestry of a tale has been created. 

This isn’t a book with a lot of bells and whistles. There are no bangs or thumps in the night. There is no villain or orphaned hero who must rise up and save the day. There is just Celia and Marco. Widget and Poppet. Isobel, the twins, Bailey, Chandresh, Frederick and Prospero the Great. There are just ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Caught in this web of magic an mystery that is The Night Circus. Its a simple story with a slow burn and yet at the same time its not.

The Night Circus isn’t YA. Its not Harry Potter or Twilight or whatever the next great series or widely talked about book will be. This is a book written for adults. But the themes and the story can have loads of cross over appeal. This is a book that can span generations and a 90 year old grandmother can enjoy reading and discussing it with her 17 year grandchild. Its a book that I think can appeal to both men and woman. To me, The Night Circus defies classification or labels and that I think that is giving main stream media a run for its money. People like to label things. If you like x then you’re sure to like z or book a is the next c. These aren’t the sort of tags that you can place on a book like The Night Circus.

The Night Circus is a book that stands all on its own. Its unique and wonderful and its a story that I’ve never seen before nor do I expect to see it again. Its a bit like the circus that is described in the book, one day it appears where before it was not and it will linger on in your memory long after it is gone.

12 Responses to “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

  1. SuziQoregon

    You have summed it up perfectly. It’s completely unique and a world in which I wanted to lose myself. I was amazed at the elegance and richness of the story and the writing. I plan to listen to the audio version as a re-read.

  2. Alyce

    I have this one on my wish list already and have really been hoping that it would live up to all of the hype. Your review makes me want to read it all the more!

  3. Michelle

    I think I’m going to give this a try on audio at some point. I tend to stay away from the hype heavy books but this one does sound interesting.

  4. Anna

    I’m really looking forward to reading it. Glad to see you enjoyed it, and I’m especially glad it’s not part of a series. There are too many of them around these days.

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