Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #59: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.”

“But you built me dreams instead.”

Wow, this was a weird but wonderful book. I read it based on a million recommendations from other Cannonballers, and the rest of y’all should read it too (especially if you liked Lev Grossman’s The Magicians — it reminded me of that one in a lot of ways).

The Night Circus is the product of two illusionists/enchanters who were selected as pawns in a game that has been played by two rivaling magicians for years. The two remain unknown to each other while working simultaneously on the enchanted circus. Basically, they’re trying to one-up each other’s magic, without knowing exactly whom they are competing against. The book describes their tricks in beautiful detail, and the circus makes for an amazing background. I would love to see this book translated to film in the same way that I always wanted to see Hogwarts. Hopefully I get my wish again.

The writing style mimics the story well — very fluid and occasionally confusing. Pro tip — read the damn dates at the beginning of the chapters and pay attention to how they change. It takes a while to get a sense of what you’re really reading, and it’s even harder to explain it now. But I think Morgenstern did a wonderful job of bringing the circus and its performers to life with her words.

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