After reading up a storm at the beginning of the year I hit a speed bump – a few books started that just didn’t grab me. I’d try to get into them and more time would pass until I eventually gave up! The Night Circus had been on my night table for a few weeks but I’d only read a chapter or two. Earlier this week I got a reminder that it was due back at the library so I decided to dive in as I liked what I had read so far. I’m glad I did!
The synopsis reads: “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”
The imagery in the book is beautiful – if someone could do it justice it would make a spectacular movie. The characters weave around each other until they are eventually woven together – connecting threads that hung loosely before. It felt like a bedtime story for grown-ups with all the visual description – a feast for your imagination!
I highly recommend this book!