The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I have been an avid reader for almost 6 decades and have become awfully fussy about my likes and dislikes. I used to read a book from cover to cover almost out of a sense of duty even if I didn't like it. This book was mesmerizing. I cannot remember the last time a book drew me in and made me reluctant to finish. I savored and cherished every word. I reread it as soon as I finished, because I wanted the world of the Night Circus to be real. I didn't want to leave.
I believed I could change this book by rereading it.
I hoped for a different ending on the second read, and the magic of the book was so absorbing that I thought it would be possible. I thought I could imagine an alternative end to the love story and it might happen that way. This was Erin Morgenstern's first novel, and yes it was that good. Maybe better.
So now you know. I don't recommend books very often. This one you MUST read. I got it out of the library. I will buy it because I must own it. I must be able to revisit this unique circus as often as I want, as I am able.
This masterpiece involves all your senses. You can smell the circus, taste the chocolate, feel the presence of unseen forces, and imagine how the color red POPS in this world of black and white...
Yes, there is magic, but it demands a new definition. The book stretches, expands, and adds a whole new dimension to the word. Yes, there is a love story and normally I avoid love stories. They're too predictable, egotistical, emotional, and unforgiving.
Night Circus breaks the mold.
This love story is different.
Usually, literary lovers are required to relinquish too much of themselves, in my opinion. In this story, nothing is cut and dry, nothing is assumed, and the ending is nothing you might have imagined. Just as much of this story is about bindings, in a magical sense, the thread of love doesn't set the lovers apart in their own world but binds them to the real world. Yet Morgenstern leaves you wondering, what is the real world and what is illusion? Where's my thesaurus, I need some new adjectives. Something besides engaging, enthralling, and simply brilliant.
I immersed myself in this book while reading it, and it left me on the blurry edge of dreams and reality . Morgenstern worked her own magic, freeing my own dreams from their bindings...and I cannot wait to read what she writes next.
I live in a magical place -- moss, ferns, deep forests punctuated with bright sunlight, wildlife that appears silently and disappears as quietly. It would not be so out of place if a circus were to appear out of nowhere one misty morning...
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Time travel, love story, dragons, and some of the most interesting characters I've found in any type of book. The author shares her own talents as a musician, herbalist, and singer, with her heroine, Rhapsody.
Continues the story of Rhapsody across time and space -- I admire Rhapsody's strength and courage.
Rhapsody's ability to change yet remain the same astounds me. This trilogy is another amazing endeavor by a first-time author.
Last updated on March 30, 2014
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