What a magical book. I fell in love with Le Cirque des Rêves. The novel took me quite awhile to read because I've been so busy (4 whole days!), and IWhat a magical book. I fell in love with Le Cirque des Rêves. The novel took me quite awhile to read because I've been so busy (4 whole days!), and I really looked forward to the stolen moments when I could escape to the circus of black and white. The contents of every tent were meaningful and beautiful, not just entertaining. I could smell the caramel in the air. The bonfire and the clock of dreams were enchanting and fascinating. The characters were mysterious and compelling (though less engaged readers might be tempted to call them flat). Pacing is slow (but action is not the point of this tale), and the ending is unexpected, though it also felt almost anticlimactic. Not unfulfilling exactly, but it definitely left me in a contemplative mood. I found myself dissecting what Morgenstern was trying to say, with her black and white and grey circus (because the world is not so binary) with splashes of red. The competitors were forced to match innate ability against extensive training, one essentially holding the weight of the world inside her while the other had an external conduit. (Hard to explain, but a fascinating concept. Like I said, this book made me think... but not in a painful way.) It also illustrated many kinds of love and sacrifice and passion and destiny and choice and, above all, dreams.
By the last page, I too wanted to be a rêveur. I initially rated this 4 stars, just because I wanted so much more. More description, more story, more everything. I probably could have read 1000 pages of this tale. The more I thought of the book afterwards, however, I realized that it couldn't be any less than a 5 (even with my desire for more), and I believe it's even getting a coveted place on my "favorites" shelf. I'm really looking forward to future books by Morgenstern, if she always creates such magical yet realistic and alive worlds. Incredible....more
I finally got my copy of The Night Bookmobile, and I loved it. It was exactly what you'd expect from Audrey Niffenegger--beautiful, haunting, and moreI finally got my copy of The Night Bookmobile, and I loved it. It was exactly what you'd expect from Audrey Niffenegger--beautiful, haunting, and more than a little macabre. It's about a woman who sees a mysterious bookmobile three times in her life. The collection of the bookmobile is every book she's ever read, and she has her own personal librarian. This is a love letter to books and reading, but it's also a warning too, I thought. Giving too much of herself to books leads this woman, who becomes a librarian, to live her life with only books for company. I guess in that sense it struck pretty close to home for me, a librarian who mostly keeps company with books.
In any case, the story was unique, the illustrations were just the right mix of mature and childlike, and the writing was very personal. A wonderful work. Highly recommended....more
Incredible, incredible book. Definitely deserved the 2008 Caldecott Medal. A must-read for anyone who likes juvenile historical fiction, film historyIncredible, incredible book. Definitely deserved the 2008 Caldecott Medal. A must-read for anyone who likes juvenile historical fiction, film history (especially French), or charcoal drawings. So amazing!...more