Book talking. The ramblings of a specific book. Today’s book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
This is young adult/adult (not sure which) book, so it has some cursing. This post, however, will not.
This post will contain spoilers.
Alright, let’s get started.
First, here’s the blurb (from Amazon):
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.
At the beginning there isn’t much about the circus, but as you get deeper into the story, you get deeper into Le Cirque des Rêves, too. My one tip for reading this book is to pay attention to the years at the beginning of each chapter, as it does have some time skips. There is some more advanced vocabulary, too, (at least for me) so I’d suggest having a dictionary or a Safari page open to an online dictionary at hand.
This is the cover:
Pretty, isn’t it?
It makes me wonder who’s hand that is.
The Circus itself is written beautifully. The scents and sights and sounds are incredible. To me, it’s really a character on it’s own. The clock has to be one of my favorites. I like all the little details and complications. And Herr What’s-His-Face (I really can’t remember his name) is one of my favorites, along with Poppet and Widget, the twins. I love how one sees things in the stars, and the other sees things in people.
And…the love story thing…
Eh. There are some cheesy lines, which really bother me. And, though they have had very few conversations, Celia and Marco are willing to die for each other. To quote Alina from Literary Vittles, “Predictably, the two opponents grow up to be remarkably good-looking people who are deeply attracted to one another, despite having only a handful of conversations scattered across decades.”
The time period bothers me, too. It takes place in the late 1800s to mid-1900s, but we get so historical information from the story at all. There isn’t really any point in putting it in those centuries. However, she get a lot of gowns, and it have a different mood to it, but I think Ms. Morgenstern should have added more to the time period.
While the story was well-written, and the plot very interesting, the characters were a bit dull to me. Other than reading and writing, what do Marco and Celia like to do? Practice magic? And what is Marco always writing? What type of spell-theory things is pent mostly scribbling little symbols in every single scrap of paper to be found? They say they love to read, but when do they ever read? Celia spends most of her time at the circus.
Still, I enjoyed this book. I think I’d give it a 3.8/5