The Circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it… It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Two magicians of indefinite but certainly magically long lifespan – one a public performer named Prospero the Enchanter, aka Hector Bowen; the other known only as ‘the man in the grey suit’ or ‘Mr. A. H—’ – are engaged in a profound rivalry, played out over many generations by appointed pupils. In the late 19th century, Bowen elects his six-year-old daughter Celia, while his counterpart chooses a nameless nine-year-old orphan who will be called Marco Alisdair. These two are bound into a lifelong challenge, the rules and limits of which are never fully explained to them; and for years they do not know their opponents.
There is one thing the opponents do know: they must choose a venue for their part of the game to take place. And that is The Night Circus. Also known as ‘Le Cirque des Reves’ the Night Circus is a place of magic and imagination. All the tents are black and white, all the performers wear black and white and yet nothing is the same. Each tent transports you to somewhere else and each is more confounding than the last. It is as magical as its characters and will bind you to it’s world forever. All its performers have something to hide.
The Night Circus is a dazzling and enchanting novel that you will not easily forget and nor should because it is truly amazing.
The book was first published in 2011 by Erin Morgenstern. It was Erin Morgenstern’s first big hit as a writer and she herself describes her writing as ‘a fairy-tale in one way or another’.
The only response that really sums up the novel is ‘wow’. It is so rich in description and intrigue, making you hunger for every word and where the book will take you next. It is a breathtaking feat of imagination that creates a strikingly beautiful world, in spite of its occasional darkness.
I recommend this book for anyone over the age of 12. It is a book for everyone and anyone; it will leave you spellbound.
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