Monday, November 05, 2012

The Night Circus

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”Alexander

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 amazement's. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, 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.

I loved this book ! It has some of the magic of the Twilight series but in a much more grown up  literate way. It is sort of like Alice in Wonderland for adults.The story also combines some of Shakespeare's themes and the love story between Celia and Marco is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.This book also combines elements of good and evil and the balance between the two.I dislike the characters of Prospero,Isobel and the Contortionist the least.

Why I loved it! The  plot was fast paced and kept you guessing .The main characters were interesting and you became invested in their lives and the Circus was a living thing itself. I would love to go to a circus like this myself.The two chambers which I loved the most were The Wishing Tree and The Cloud Chamber.My favorite characters were not Celia or Marco but Poppet and Widget and Herr Thiesen. I would love to see his clocks in real life.

I didn't know if I would like this book when I picked it up but it has become quiet possibly my favorite book of the year. I kept thinking while reading it that I can hardly wait till the movie comes out.It will be a cinematic feat.

I encourage everyone to read it. It is a magical book that will transport you to another time and place.

On another note I encourage everyone who hasn't already to go vote tomorrow. I don't plan on placing my political views here but I feel whatever your views please exercise your privilege tomorrow and Vote for the candidate of your choice.

 It is a gift to be able to voice our beliefs.When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson


Jenners said...

I enjoyed this book too ... and I think the star of the book was the circus itself. She created this amazing atmosphere that you could just imagine yourself being a part of. I wish they'd make this into a movie. With the right people doing it, it could be amazing!

Relyn Lawson said...

I love, love, love this book!! I just wanted to pop by and wish you the happiest new year. May your 2013 be full of blessings, laughter, and happy surprises. Thank you for the inspiration you share here.

Christy Woolum said...

I had the book, but had to return it to the library. I just didn't think I would like it. Then I read your review and listen to friends that have loved I guess I better give it another try. I always love books you recommend.