The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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 amazements.
It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
Celia was brought to a man named Prospero the Enchanter who happens to be her father. Prospero, seeing the potential of his daughter as an illusionist, pits her with Mr. A.H.’s unknown student, Marco. The duel between Celia and Marco ensues in the establishment of Le Cirque des Rêves where both showcase their talent and intelligence in the regular operation of the circus. Continuously competing against each other, the two gradually falls in love and stages better illusions each dedicated to the other. Unbeknownst to them, the game will only be finished when only one player is left standing. They try to find ways to put the game into a stop without destroying the circus and the fates of everyone involved.
I really enjoyed reading The Night Circus. The plot is simple but made rich through the vivid narration of the story. The descriptions of the circus itself blows me away and I always imagine what it would feel like to be there. How the story unfolds in each chapter is a marvel because you won’t feel it too tiresome to read. The narration of the goings-on doesn’t go on forever.
If there would be things I condemn in this book, it would have to be Celia and Marco falling in love with each other. It seems so passe. But I guess there wouldn’t be much of a story without it so I’ll give it a pass this time. Also, the competition that which should showcase their endurance, will and skill doesn’t add up to my expectations. It’s there but it lacks of the adventure and thrill of how their magic out throw each other.
This story is something I would love to see on the big screen. Reading the book makes me think of the magic it would look like on reality. The set, the tents, the illusions and people, seems very much like a dream I would never want to wake up from.