The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

I was attracted to this book from the first time I saw its cover. I know it’s a big literary faux pas to judge a book by its cover like that, but I couldn’t help myself. It just drew my attention, and as soon as I read the back I was hooked.

If you follow my blog, you might have noticed that I haven’t posted a whole lot this year — I’ve been having a bit of a dry spell. I keep getting a hundred or so pages into every book I read and realizing I’ve lost interest. But Morgenstern’s book held my interest (even while I read three other books in the middle of it…not because I was bored, but because I was abroad and didn’t bring it along). It was an imaginative tale full of creativity and magic — in many senses of the word.

Morgenstern’s novel is — in a word — lovely. Just lovely. Beautifully written, masterfully executed, and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m not sure what else to say, except that The Night Circus has whet my previously-dormant appetite for stories. Ever since I finished this book, I’ve fallen asleep at night wandering through the Night Circus in my mind. I think, perhaps, I would be a “rêveur” — a person so deeply in love with the circus that they follow it from place to place — if the Night Circus was real.

GOOD FOR:  Any grown up who wants to feel like a kid again, fans of fantasy and magic who enjoy something simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated, and readers looking for a bite of genuine creativity.

BAD FOR:  People who dislike the fantastic, anyone looking for a novel with widely-applicable social commentary, and readers looking for plain ol’ realism.

GOOD WITH:  Water for ElephantsBig Fish, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

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