Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published by: Anchor
Publication date: 3rd July 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance, Historical Fiction
Like it says within the pages, ‘The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.’
Wow. Who knew that a book could hold so much magic and so much thought within it and be written so fantastically and make you feel so many things? It truly was a marvelous and theatrical read. I was so excited to read this and now I’m even more excited to read it again someday (maybe even soon). There’s just something so enchanting about this book. I don’t know if it’s the writing, the characters, the story line, the settings, or maybe all of them combined but whatever it is, it’s downright brilliant.
What surprised me most was that it’s less of a love story like the premise and reviews say, and more a mysterious and enchanting look into the life of a magical circus and all of the lives tied to it. There are so many wonderful characters and they are interlaced between the chapters so beautifully.
The idea to have a circus only open at night is one thing, but the tents and the displays of skill and mastery within it is more extraordinary than I could have ever imagined. Morgenstern has truly created a masterpiece with this book. It perfectly encapsulates the magic of life and I now know where to go when I find myself searching for it.
Shrouded in illusions, the circus thrives upon dreams and the many creative minds of those who love the circus the most. Time is a funny thing, never stopping but also never taking away heartbeats or breaths, only ever taking a toll on our fine illusionists. There are circus connoisseurs who follow it hap-hazardously across the globe and there are dreams encased in bottles and jars upon shelves. There are delicate flavors and scents and trees made of wishes, and the circus is alive until it isn’t. Curious thing, the Night Circus.