“The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
I have to say, the way I feel about Moulin Rouge is exactly how I feel about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. You know in the first 30 minutes of the movie, you think “I think this is going to be great, but what is going on right now?” and then suddenly you can’t stop watching/reading. The sights, the descriptions, the story…..all so fascinating that before you know it, you’re completely drawn into the beautiful world of the circus and the love story. What’s The Night Circus all about? Well, here you go:
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.
The book moves along slowly, but in a good way, with each page drawing you deeper into the story. The plot thickens, gets more intense and then when you finally turn that last page, you want to go back and reread it.
Morgenstern’s descriptions of the various tents and the circus are fascinating and lovely. There’s characters you despise and characters you love. Darkness battling goodness, beauty and a love story you root for from the beginning all make up this fantastic debut novel!
Now if the circus were really like this, I’d be there every night.
For those of you who read it, what did you think of the very last section? And what did you think of the ending??
Also, can someone create the dresses from the novel and give them to me? Thanks! I’d appreciate it.
“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”