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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, is a dark yet delightful novel. The story features two illusionists who have been engaged in a decades long contest. But the contest doesn’t involve them directly. Instead, they choose and train two novices.

This time, the novices are Marco, whom one of the illusionists adopted from a local orphanage, and Celia, the daughter of the other. They are bound together through magic rings to the contest, although neither understands the implications of this until years later. The setting for the contest is the Night Circus, or Le Cirque des Reves (the Circus of Dreams), which appears unannounced in fields just outside towns as it travels all over the world. It opens at night, and closes by morning. 

The circus is the creation of a group of designers and planners led by Chandresh Lefevre. The color scheme is black and white, and the tents are arranged in a way that encourage circus goers to explore them in any order, each with a marvel inside—Celia, the illusionist, Isobel, the fortune teller, and Poppet and Widget, twins with their trained kittens were but a few. The most fantastic tents feature a world of ice, a gravity and reality defying carousel, a wishing tree, and a cloud maze, most of which were created through the magic of Celia and Marco as they responded to each other’s “moves” in the contest.

The Night Circus is lushly descriptive and the plot is riveting. Readers won’t want to put this book down or if they must, will look forward to picking it back up again. The Night Circus was published by Doubleday in 2011.

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