When the year started, one of my resolutions was to read more. To kickstart it I joined the blogchatter secret Santa and hoped for an interesting book. As luck would have it, I received the book a little late as I was traveling and the neighbor to collected the book on my behalf forgot to give it! So finally when I actually opened the packaging it was mid-Jan!
Cutting long story short, I started reading the book late, then the COVID happened and my world went for a toss. It is only since last month that I have got back to reading paperbacks. The book my secret Santa sent was the first book that I finished reading and I absolutely loved it! So here is my review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; a book from the fantasy genre.
Book – The Night Circus
Author – Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning, no announcements precede it…. It is simply there when yesterday it was not..
First of all, a big thank you to Shreeya Sharma, my secret Santa who sent me this lovely book. I hadn’t read any books from Erin so that itself was a revelation to me and second, I am not much into the fantasy genre, so this was a refreshing change from the regular books that I would pick up.
The book is enchanting and intensely imaginative while carrying melancholy undertones. The story spans nearly 59 years and is a magical journey from the word go. It talks about illusions, magical talent, love, longing, sorrow, and competition. The writing is elaborate and descriptive where the circus is actually recreated in your mind’s eye. It is evocative and you feel as if it was written for a movie adaptation.
The concept of the night circus is brilliant. A circus that is in black and white and opens only at night. It offers its visitors a slice of fantasy and unbridled joy, something that helps the patrons escape the mundane. There are flying acrobats, illusionists, contortionists, and agile cat shows. But along with it there are paper animals, memory jars, ice garden, and magical mirrors. The circus holds a lot of secrets and hidden behind all the mirth and magic is a fierce competition.
The story is about Celia and Marcus who are trained and tied to a competition since they were children. The competition arena is the Night Circus. An elaborate canvas in black and white that is a unique world in itself. The two magicians are expected to showcase their skills and enchant the audience while challenging the other; the catch however is that they do not know their competitor and nor do they know the rules of the game! It is a competition that they were sucked into without their explicit permission and a burden that they need to endure until a winner is declared. But how and when will it be? What will be the price that they will have to pay?
While the competition is between the master magicians with Celia and Marcus as their prized pawns the stakes grow higher as time passes and more lives get entwined.
The author has matured the characters so well that you can feel their joy and misery. It is a story about love where sparks fly the moment they are close and endurance of pain and longing for the greater good. The writing is lucid and highly evocative when it comes to describing the circus. The book leaves you with some remarkable life lessons, one being everything has a price.
Would highly recommend and I am checking out the other books by Erin Morgenstern.
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