Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bookshelf: Erin Morgenstern

I had been hearing good things about Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS for a while but I kept putting it off, mostly because after reading WATER FOR ELEPHANTS I decided I did not want to read about circuses ever again. But then my mother read THE NIGHT CIRCUS and kept talking about how I had to read it but I kept saying no until I finally decided to give in. And I'm so glad I did.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS is thankfully not about a typical circus. It is the story about magic and whimsy and love and sacrifice. It's, simply put, a beautiful story. There is a circus, unlike any other you have ever even dreamt of, that travels around the world without schedule - you never know when and where it will pop up next. Inside each tent you experience a world more like a dream than reality though there are still acrobats, an illusionist, a contortionist and a card reader. But it is what goes on within the circus that is really interesting. A long running game, if you will, in which two people are chosen to play against each other, neither knowing who the other is or even what the rules are. I know, that's a horrible description, rather confusing and vague, but I can't figure out how else to describe the story without giving too much away. Let me just say I am so glad I gave it a chance. I loved it. It was a little confusing at times because the dates bounce around but it was beautifully done and it made me want to run away to the circus if this is what a circus is. Also, I love that Morgenstern is a local author.

I highly recommend THE NIGHT CIRCUS. You'll have fun. You'll fall in love. You'll wish you could learn magic.

Happy Reading!

PS. I would love to see this made into a movie. It would be spectacular.

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