Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.


Here’s an overview of the story from

The circus serves a darker purpose beyond entertainment and profit. The magicians Prospero the Enchanter and the enigmatic Mr. A.H— groom their young proteges, Celia and Marco, to proxy their rivalry with the exhibits as a stage. Prospero teaches his daughter to hone her innate talents by holding ever larger and more complex magical workings in her mind. Celia takes her position on the game board as the illusionist who makes true transformations, adding tents and maintaining wondrous aspects from the inside. Mr. A.H— trains his orphan ward with books in the ways of glyphs and sympathetic magic and illusory worlds that exist only in the mind of the beholder. Marco takes a position as majordomo to the producer of the circus; he works from the outside in, connected to the circus but not a part of it. The two beguile the circus goers and each other with nightly wonders, soon falling in love despite being magically bound to a deadly competition with rules neither understands; the magical courtship strains the fate laid out for them and endangers the circus that has touched the lives of so many and cannot survive without the talents of both players.

the-night-circus-jacket-e1306491176869Most of the best stories in this world starts boring. While I was reading the first few pages of the The Night Circus through my phone’s pdf reader, I thought I wasn’t going to finish it. One week has passed and I’m only 20 pages out of 164. Luckily, I read through one boring Christmas day (I figured reading The Night Circus is more challenging than staring off in space), otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten enchanted by this book’s awesomeness.

I was struck at how organized Erin Morgenstern have written the book. You know, it shifts from this year to that year, from this place to that date. There were a lot of–but equally interesting–characters, and she managed to put up an important role in each of them.

The circus, that mysterious circus anchors me to the book. It seems like at every part, I feel that I am in it. I can imagine the tents, the wonders it gives the circus-goers. I mean, I became a reveur  in my own way.

This is indeed a book worth reading. If you’re a fan of adventure, magic, and twists, this is the right book for you. One of the best books of 2012! ♥

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”


“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.


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