Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Author – Laura

You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.

The Night Circus Book CoverThis book creeps under your skin and, like the titular circus, comes alive at night to invade your dreams.

The Night Circus is full of beautiful description and vivid imagery, which is no mean feat when you consider the circus is entirely black and white; a stark palette which contrasts with the scarlet of the scarves and boutonnières of the people who follow it around the world. But for all the beauty and elegance there is a sinister undertone that one never quite escapes from…

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a dreamer. There is not. But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.”

The plot centres on a terrible wager made by two old conjurers, which develops into a deep and fragile relationship between the two main characters, Celia and Marco, both of whom are vital to the continuation of the circus. Supporting Celia and Marcus is a host of unusual and unlikely characters, whose stories are all well developed and add both humour and gravity to the tale.

I loved this book. It is luxurious and nostalgic, but with pace and depth that only comes from great writing. Not only is this a great book, but it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

So I will make a wager of my own with you – I wager that you will fall in love with the Circus, and all it’s mystery. Your move…

Toujours un rêveur x

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