6/25/2014

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Book Synopsis:

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.



My thoughts:

I've heard some people rave about this book while others thought it less than mediocre. I actually really quite loved it aside from the fact of getting confused sometimes with the whole back and forth between time frames and everyones stories. You kind of get used to the whole back and forth bits when and it definitely helps to pay attention to the dates of the headings on the chapters and I found myself getting into a groove of flowing in between the times. 

The story was super intriguing especially when it picked up and the circus began. The beginning started out with how the circus started and then really picked up once the circus opened and began to take on a life of its own. It was written exquisitely and I felt like I was actually there at the circus amongst the black and white striped tents and getting lost in the performances. Sometimes when one chapter that I was rather engrossed and visualizing would end and the next did not continue from there I got rather frustrated because I was enjoying where I was and had to begin visualizing something completely different. Some of the descriptions of what lied within the tents was so mesmerizing that I could see why everyone in the story that went to the circus would get lost within it from dusk until dawn. 

Each chapter bounced from one character to another and most times from one time frame to another and I found that as the story progressed there were some characters that I enjoyed reading more about than others. Particularly Celia and Marco that in the beginning I felt like I could never get enough of and who I was meant to be reading about but I also enjoyed reading the bits about Poppet, Widget and Bailey as I found their storylines rather intriguing and kept wondering to myself what is going to happen as with all characters. 

Ending.... was not how I had imagined it at all. There was so much to the ending and not just one thing. A mixture of so many aspects and character stories that grew and intertwined that needed to be concluded for the final story to be ended. You would think that from the synopsis that the story would be explicitly about Celia and Marco but instead is about an intertwining of so many others as they are the circus and everyone else is a part of it. DEfinitely a book worth reading I think if you can handle the back  forth.

Questions:

Did you like the book?
Was the back & forth between times confusing to you?
Who were your favorite characters?
What was your least favorite character to read about?
Would you get lost in the black & white tents?
Your thoughts on the ending?

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