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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Jan 11, 2014

really liked it
Read in January, 2014

In “Night Circus,” Erin Morgenstern has the reader from “hello.” Or more precisely, “The circus arrives without warning.”

This novel is nothing short of magical, and not just because of the circus or the magicians Celia and Marco, but all the places, scents, feelings and sensations conjured within its pages.

If the novel has flaws, they are entirely masked by the beautiful language and twisting story so that the reader just doesn’t care. Much like the misdirection of a skilled magician, Morgenstern keeps the reader guessing what will come next and how it all will end, if it ends at all.

The book’s dust jacket description aptly captures the story line, but doesn’t come close to capturing the breathtaking enchantment that waits within its pages. There were times I was reminded—more so just a slight shiver of memory—of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” or “Stardust,” but the tale woven is wonderfully different at its core, so I experienced both novelty and dejá vu as I read.

And that’s the delight of this book: feeling a sense of sure footing, but also uncertainty, much like a dream. A wonderful, mysterious, luxuriating dream of the fantastic that you’re not sure you want to wake up from.

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