For me, May has been a good month for reading. Seriously good. Three books that I know will not only be on my list of 2012 favorites at year’s end, they’ll just be favorites. They will be books I want to buy and put on my shelf of most beloved books. They will be stories I remember.
So to start things off, let’s talk about The Night Circus.
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 per formers 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.
My roommate bought this book and read it first. Every now and then we would be sitting in the same room as she was reading and every now and then she would put the book down for a minute to say, “You have to read this as soon as I’m finished.” Or, “I’m afraid this book is going to make me cry.” So once she was done I picked the book up and was immediately wrapped up in the beautiful world created by Erin Morgenstern.
The scene is set when two men enter into a contest of sorts. You aren’t told what the rules are. You aren’t told where the contest will take place. You don’t know how the contest will be won. All you know is that each man will choose and train his own contestant. The first player has already been chosen, in fact. Over the course of the book, the murky rules and circumstance surrounding this battle of wills slowly become more apparent.
This is an atmospheric book, first and foremost. There is a plot here, and I enjoyed the plot very much, but it moves along slowly to make room for lavish descriptions. I didn’t find the pace boring at all. The details were so wonderfully done that by the end of the book I wished I could actually visit the Night Circus SO BADLY! Seriously. I want someone to create this type of circus so I can go to it. I loved how all the sounds and smells and sights of this place came to life on the page.
The characters here are mysterious, intriguing, and at times heartbreaking. Because of the perspective it feels as though they keep you at arms length even as you read about their lives, but that seemed fitting.
I wish I had written a review right away when I finished this book at the beginning of the month. I think I had so much more to say then! Now all I can tell you is that this story is still living in my head. I think about certain parts of it as I go about my day. I know I’ll read it again at some point.
In Conclusion: Loved it! I hope this author writes more soon