The Night Circus, written by Erin Morgernstern is a great novel based in the late 1870’s to 1904 and switches between a girl named Celia Bowen, a small girl at the beginning of the novel that grows up to become a sort of master illusionist, Marco, Ceila’s mysterious opponent, and Bailey, a small child that goes to the circus several times throughout the novel. Erin Morgenstern does a great job on describing each character perfectly, creating a vision in your head of what each character looks like and how whimsical and dark their lives really are. From the beginning of The Night Circus, I began seeing small movies in my head of what I thought the book would be like if it were a movie, and that helped with reading and being able to distinguish each character from each other. When I had these small movies inside my head, every scene was in black and white with small hints of color here and there to exaggerate certain parts of the scene. The characters were smooth flowing and had a beautiful chemistry. It doesn’t take long for the reader to fall in love with the different characters, all with their own, beautiful background and personalities that all seem to move in unison.
When Celia Bowen meets her father for the first time as a little girl, she is frightened of him and who he really is. Her father, Prospero, begins training her at a young age and enters her into a competition that could take a lifetime between his friend “the man in the grey suit” and his student, Marco, whom Ceila doesn’t meet for the longest time. But when they do meet, something connects and you as the reader can feel the sparks between the two of them as they begin to understand that they are competing against each other. Marco and Celia’s chemistry together is like something out of a romance movie on the hallmark channel.
The two must battle it out inside of a circus filled with illusion and find the victor, sending one to their grave and the other to a life filled with guilt and misery for destroying their opponent out of greed. When Marco and Celia finally meet and find out they are opponents, they fall hopelessly in love with each other and must make critical decisions on how their competition will end. As much as I hate happy endings in novels, I wanted to see Marco and Celia together because they were perfect. There are no other characters like them in the literary world; not even Romeo and Juliet can compare to Marco and Celia because Marco and Celia are better than Romeo and Juliet.
Although this circus is a “circus” the illusions are very real as pedestrians enter into the various tents Marco and Celia have created to out match the other. One of the most interesting, in my opinion, is the Ice Garden in which Celia spends most of her downtime exploring. Although Marco is not an official act inside of the circus he controls most of the technical responsibilities and the money when it comes to running the circus.
Every word of The Night Circus grabs the reader’s attention and draws them farther into this insane world of magic, illusion, and lustful love that might just come with a price. As the events unfold, Celia and Marco make grave decisions that could cost one or both of them their lives. Tsukiko, a very strange and mysterious character helps them both along the way while both Celia and Marco compete against each other. All while this competition is happening, Bailey, the small boy at the beginning of the novel, begins to intertwine himself with the circus as his normal life begins dull in front of his eyes.
Erin Morgenstern did a great job in writing it and her descriptions are top notch. This novel is definitely worth the asking price, and would go on anyone’s best read list if they gave it a chance.
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