Night Circus

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , |

book cover for Night CircusThe Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

What if the true job of a magician was to convince the audience that the spectacles they’ve just witnessed really MUST have been some kind of clever trick?

Celia and Marco have been trained from childhood in two very different, but two very real schools of magic.  They are pitted against each other in the magnificent Night Circus on the whims of their respective teachers, who are not very forthcoming about the rules of the game or how a winner is declared.

As each competitor designs increasingly elaborate attractions to delight the patrons of the circus they slowly fall in love with one another, even as a devoted group of fans all over the world falls in love with the circus itself and the other performers within it form a whimsical family.

The outcome of the contest will affect everyone, and Celia and Marco are in too deep before they realize it.  Addressing such questions as “When is a prison not a prison?,” “Why are girls always the ones who are rescued from their boring lives in the classic tales?,” and even “Does a story ever really end?,” The Night Circus pulls the reader into a world as intricate as the gears of a clock, where no one is who they seem, and sleight-of-hand and misdirection are performed with the skill of a great magician.  This is a clever trick of a book that I do not want explained.

-posted by Jamie Bourne

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