Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The best way to describe this book is "STRANGE".  I never really understood it, I guess.  The circus is a magic circus, one that isn't really there and yet you can see it in your mind.  The author did a great job of describing the tents, the acts, and the smells but the characters were shallow leaving no connection between them and the reader.  The last 100 pages are the best of the book but they still leave you asking "huh"?

I have read that we only use 20% of our brain capacity, so conceptually I'm wondering if the author was thinking that these things could be possible if we used more of our brains than we do.  I also wonder if this book is enjoyed by a much younger generation.  I guess I'll find out  during our discussion at book club.  As for me, I wouldn't recommend.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
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.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

RATING - 2 STAR - It was OK

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