The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern.
Post by Jackie from the Southport Branch library.
Le Cirque des Reves (the circus of dreams) appears without warning and operates from nightfall to dawn in tones of black and white. The tents, displays and performances contained within are like no other circus ever seen, and no one leaves without being completely enchanted.
But behind the scenes, a duel to the death is taking place. At the behest of their instuctors, Celia and Marco are locked in a battle that will take place over several years until only one is left standing. The two illusionists, one working within the circus itself and one from behind the circus’ creator, use their considerable skill to beat each other without knowing who their opponent is. But Celia’s illusions are keeping Le Cirque des Reves alive, and she and Marco are becoming increasingly entwined.
The Night Circus was the subject of an awful amount of hype upon release – the film rights were sold even before publication – and for once it is absolutely deserved. This tale is one of the rare stories that gets under your skin and stays there for weeks. The characters of Celia and Marco take centre stage, but there is a whole cast of unique, well drawn supporting characters as well. The circus is almost a character in itself, with incredibly rich descriptions that transport the reader.
I absolutely adored this book. It’s not something I ordinarily would have chosen, but I was intrigued by the premise and was not disappointed. I was completely carried away by the magic, as naff as it sounds.