The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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The Night Circus is an enchanting, slow paced book that left me utterly in awe from start to finish. Clearly, it is not a book for everyone. It is not filled with action but the description and the uncovering of the secret is truly magnificent. It is the kind of story that you have to pay attention to the words not the whole plot as it goes.
I fell in love with the circus as the prologue invited me to feel what the circus felt like. The story revolves around the circus not around the characters. The characters and the plot all are players in making the circus come alive. All the characters are well built and interesting. Some have magic powers and some do not but all of them complement each other somehow.
The love story between Marco and Celia is cute and steamy yet it doesn't take the momentum of the circus. It is not the main plot. However, as many of all the elements of the book their love also makes the circus come alive.
Throughout my progress of this book I felt that it should be made into a movie. However, after I finished I realized how impossible it would be to introduce all the important themes and subplots in one 2 hour movie. It is simply impossible. The story is much more deeper than it first looks like and it is simply beautiful.
I congratulate the author for being able to write in such a mystical way. I was enamored by her writing, maybe even more than I liked the actual story. It is kind of slow paced and it slowly builds to the ending. However, I wasn't bored in any of the parts of the books.
The story is not chronological and it goes delayering in different time period and in different points of view. I thought I was going to hate this, if you know my reviews you should be aware how much I hate POV change, however for this book it proved to be significantly interesting. Because the pov also was in charge or making the circus become such an important piece of the story.
There are many subplots and things that appear to be unimportant, but they are. Every single detail is important. The author makes this circus come alive with her writing and god she does it so well. It's magical, truly enchanting. Will not forget it soon.
“There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act?"