Published: September 13, 2011
“A language you cannot speak yourself is not necessarily a god-awful mess.”
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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
I have heard a lot of mixed things about The Night Circus though mostly it is a good feedback. I’ve been staying away from this book for a long time but I finally decided to pick it up.
The book follows the story of two individuals who are fighting for something in which they don’t even know the rules, don’t even know when it will end and they don’t have any idea who their opponent is. The whole match takes place in the Circus but not just an ordinary circus, a magical circus at that.
The thing I liked the most about this book is how the author could make you feel like you are a part of the story. Like you were also an audience and you also entered the circus itself. The author has painted every tent in the circus so well that I can imagine it just by her words. Although I have to admit that the way the story is told confused me A LOT.
The story was told from the present and the past and how we ended up with the game’s verdict. We go back in forth to how the circus started and what’s happening in the present as well. But the more I think about the book, the more I realized how brilliant it was. Once you get a hold of what’s going on, you would realized that every chapter is important. Every event that’s happening no matter how big or how small plays a role in how it all ended. I feel like this is the kind of book that you would enjoy more and more every time that you reread it.
But I would have to agree to some people when they say that the ending is a bit underwhelming. Given all the magic that we see in this book and how magical it all were, I like the idea that it didn’t end the way it was supposed to or how I predicted it at first. But I feel like I am still waiting for something phenomenal to happen. And maybe that’s why I am quite disappointed with the ending. But overall, I like the ending and I am thankful that the author did not take the path that I am dreading the moment I realized what is going to happen.
I would surely revisit this book again because I have a feeling that this is the type of book that you would love more and more the more you reread it. There are a lot of things that you can pick up here and there that you didn’t when you first read it. I can feel that I will reread it soon enough. I highly recommend this to anyone who haven’t read it and would want a magical time.
That’s all for this review.
Till next time!