Sunday, 24 March 2013

Review : The Night Circus

Title : The Night Circus
Format : paperback
ISBN : 9780099570295
Published : 24/05/2012
Publisher : Vintage Books

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.
source : Vintage Books

The Night Circus came highly recommended by several of my goodreads friends and I don't regret having followed their advice when I placed my order at the BookDepository. 

In general, I am not too kind in my ratings when books have a very slow storyline but I have to make an exception for The Night Circus.  Unlike other slow stories, I remained caught up in the story, wanting to know what would happen next with the Circus and the main characters, Celia and Marco.  Morgenstern succeeds in creating this magical and compelling athmosphere, using the fantasy element of magic on the background of a victorian circus, while exploring the feelings between the two protagonists.  If you are expecting a Harry Potter style magic with potions and incantations, battles and action scenes, you will be disappointed by this novel.  If, on the other hand, you can enjoy a slow read like you savour a exquisite wine, you will be spending a wonderful time.


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