Book Review: The Night Circus

“The circus arrives without warning.  No announcements precede it…The towering tents are striped in black and white…No color at all…the black sign painted in white letters…reads: Opens at Nightfall – Closes at Dawn…’What kind of circus is only open at night?’ people ask…Le Cirque des Reves…The Circus of Dreams.”

The Night Circus UK

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis:  There are two illusionists, chosen at a young age to be bound to one another in a contest that will span their lives until one wins.  They have been given no rules, other than that they must perform in some way.  Their sponsors in the contest create the circus as the arena for their players.  They have no idea how one wins, or what one must do to win.

Personal Opinion:  From the opening page to the very end of this book, I was enchanted by this magical world created beautifully with words by Erin Morgenstern.  The descriptions of this fantasy world entranced all my senses:  felt I could see the black and white sign come to life with lights, smell the caramel floating through the air of the circus tents, feel the heat and light from the burning blaze, and hear the hands of the clock changing time.  Split narratives are one of my favorite forms of writing and in this case all equally added interesting and important details to the circus and competition while making me fully understand and appreciate the entire range of the characters’ personalities and desires.  The magic, subtle love story, and the lessons of the powerful effects of timing and the choices we make had me swept away into the life of the circus.  This book really is a dream to read.  Have you read it?  What were your thoughts?  Go to {little lessons in a big city} and read Chelsea’s review HERE!

Next Month’s Book Club Pick:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Night Circus

  1. Pingback: book review: the night circus. | little lessons in a BIG city

  2. i LOVED this book! the imagery throughout the book is absolutely stunning. i also really enjoyed the rapid moving story line and character development. i did think it ended rather quickly/abruptly for my liking, but i enjoyed the “time points” coming together for the finish.


    • 100% agree with the abrupt ending but I think all the viewpoints coming together overshadowed it for me! Such a good book. Do you have any other book recommendations for us?


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