By: Tia S.
Occasionally, I’ll encounter a book that leaves me breathless, unable to think about anything else, and give me the desire to tell everyone I know “you need to read this.” The Night Circus is one of those books, one of those rare and beautiful books that leaves a mark on you for the rest of your life.
The Night Circus is about just that, a night circus. It arrives without warning; it’s simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the circus awaits an unforgettable experience, for the circus is filled with magic. The story follows a fierce competition between two illusionists during the late 1800s, and the circus is their venue.
The book is supposed to be a love story between two people, but I believe it’s a love story between the reader and the circus. You can’t help but fall in love with the mysterious tents and what awaits inside them. I would say it’s a fantasy novel, but it’s way too real to truly be one. Although the novel is about magic, it covers many real life subjects like love, loss, and growing up.
The Night Circus is meant to give the reader a new, more magical view of the world, and it definitely succeeds in doing this. Not only does it leave you with a sense of wonder and beauty, but it gives you a new perspective on life. An idea that there is magic everywhere you look, if you are only willing to find it.
The layout of the book is impressive, with chapters taking place in no specific order, and short clips with descriptions of the circus in between. The book itself is beautiful. The inside of the cover is filled with the famous black and white stripes seen in the actual circus, and the cover has an illustration of the circus in the palm of someone’s hand. The front picture is genius, it gives you a foreshadowing of the book without you even knowing it. The hand, I believe, represents one of the main ideas of the book: the illusionists holding the circus together in the palm of their hand (You need to read the book to really understand this). Every little story, character, and object in the novel relates back to the circus, whether it’s the wondrous clock made by Heir Thessein, or the story of Bailey growing up. The author must have taken hours connecting each little piece of the story she created into the overall big idea.
The author, Erin Morgenstern, is a multimedia artist born and raised in Massachusetts. This is Morgenstern’s debut novel, so I would like to congratulate her on her complete success. Her style of writing is very slow paced, so I would only recommend this book to adults or advanced readers. Morgenstern is a master of imagery, which is especially important for this book. Because of the amount of detail put into every chapter, you definitely need to take your time reading it, or you might miss something.
“Mysterious and intensely imaginative, Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, alluring dinner parties, elegant displays of beauty, and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book.`” –Audrey Niffenegger