Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publication Year: Sept - 2011
Date Completed: 9/ 12/2011
Rating: 5/5Recommend: yes
Le Cirque des Reves, the Circus of Dreams, is not like any ordinary circus you've ever seen. It's magical - full of illusions and everything mystical, and it happens only at night. The story has a bit of mystery and a non-traditional romance mixed in with all of the magic, which makes for an unusual yet memorable read.
The story jumps around in time a bit, but for the most part takes place in the late 1800s early 1900s. It's a pretty simple story actually. Celia, was left at the age of 5 at the home of her biological father Prospero (the Enchanter), along with a suicide note from the girl's mother. Prospero, early on notices his daughter's special magical qualities and begins grooming her with hours and hours of training, believing that some day she will be able to compete and win the circus competitions. Alexander (the Man in the Gray Suit) is Prospero's nemesis. He goes to the orphanage and adopts young, Marco who he believes, for his own selfish interest, is the perfect child to groom for competitions as well.
When Celia and Marco begin to compete, they are fabulous and the crowds love them. As the competitions continue they begin to fall in love, and magical and beautiful symbols of their love begin to appear. Yet despite the new beauty there is sadness. Little do either know that they are pawns in a game designed by the men who taught them. When one finally wins, the other must die. To say more would be to spoil the story for prospective readers.
Although I rarely read novels in the fantasy genre, I found this story amazing. It's so well written: very visual, very atmospheric and very magical. I was amazed that this was a debut novel for Ms. Morgenstern; she will certainly be an author I plan to follow. It was great to learn how the circus came to be, and I loved the way this novel made me feel after the final page was turned. The Night Circus is one novel that I will be talking about to those who love something just a tad different. Try it!