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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Aug 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: bestbooksever, speculative-fiction
Read from December 30, 2011 to January 02, 2012

I've said it before, that I'm willing to forgive a number of sins if a book is beautifully written -- and that definitely applies here. Morgenstern's prose is simply luminous, so much so that her descriptions of this amazing circus bring it to life as an additional character in the novel. In a way, that is an apt description, because the circus -- and what is created through/within it -- comes to symbolize much of what this story is about. I loved everything about this: the setting, the time period, the characters (both main and secondary), the pacing. It did seem a bit slow at first, and there are complaints about the ending, and it's been mentioned too that nothing really seems to happen. None of those really bothered me at all, although I can see where other readers might take fault with the book. This is one of those instances where I wish the author was more established, with many more novels waiting for me to catch up on. Instead, I'll just wait (im)patiently for her next novel.
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12/30/2011 page 63
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12/31/2011 page 196
51.0% "This is pure magic."

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