Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusWhat’s it about?

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

My thoughts

Oh guys, I really don’t know what to say about this book. After first seeing it on You Tuber Carrie Hope Fletcher’s vlog I really liked the look of it and every time I tweeted about it or mentioned it in a Wednesday post, people were so positive about it. What did I miss?

I loved the cover of this book and I loved the idea of this book more than I actually liked it unfortunately, it really didn’t do anything for me.

Initially there’s a lot about the setting up of the circus and the introduction of all the characters, of which there are a lot, but then they come and go and visit the circus and then aren’t mentioned again for a few chapters. I usually love a dual time line but this one just confused me and I often found myself going back to check at what time we were at before which I found disrupted my reading rather than enhanced the experience.

Things happen without anything really happening; all with this backdrop of some sort of contest between two of the main characters that I didn’t really know what it was or what they were expected to do but it was to the exclusion of what you’d expect to be legally and morally right.

On the plus side, it is mysterious and magical and the writing is very descriptive and expressive and I found it easy to visualise the circus acts. It also reminded me of the movie The Prestige which I love.

My book club is a small group of 5 and nobody got on with it. I was a bit gutted as I’d chosen it and it is rather a long book to get through so it was a shame that it wasn’t for us. We all agreed it may be better suited to young/new adult readers.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    As you say, it isn’t easy to get on with. The cast of thousands, the jumping about in time and place and not explaining what the heck is going on… none of it helps.

    I LOVE The Prestige. One of the few instances where the movie is better than the book (although, to be fair, rather different from the book)! I still think it’s Christopher Nolan’s best film even though people tend to forget about it now he’s done Batman, Inception, Intersellar, etc. Might have to watch it later! 🙂

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