The Night Circus

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (reviewed 12 October 2017)

This book is possibly the most opinion-divergent book we’ve read as a group, with some rating it 4.5 out of 5, others 1. Not a bad response for a book that spent so long on the bestseller lists.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 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 magicians, Celia and Marco. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.(penguinrandomhouse).

“Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing.” —Associated Press

“Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with duelling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvellous book.” —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife

“Echoing the immense pleasure of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Night Circus presents a sprightly version of 19th-century English magic. A love story for adults that feels luxuriously romantic.” —The Washington Post

The Night Circus is a sprawling historical novel about magic and the circus. Highly whimsical, it is a narrative so wilfully contrived that contrivance is its raison d'être. It is intensely visual, so much so that what remains in its wake are almost exclusively images – The Guardian