The Circus arrives without warning.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
So recently I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. To put it simply I LOVED IT!!! I enjoyed every page. It’s set in the late Victorian era. It’s about a game. A game throughout the book we don’t really understand what one has to do to win the game or lose. The main main character (there are a lot of main characters but the one Erin mostly focuses on) is Celia. Her first few years of life were hard. Her mother thought she was the spawn of Satan because she was different. Then her mother died and she was sent to live with her father. Her father is a world renowned illusionist. He travels the world preforming magic tricks. Everyone thinks his tricks are just that tricks. But they are not. He starts to teach Celia. Then one day a man named Alexander comes to visit them. And they agree to play the game. They both choose someone. Her father chooses her and Alexander chooses a boy named Marco. They train their pupils in their own way. A bunch of eccentrics decide to form a night circus. It will be out of this world. Something spectacular, different, dream like. The theme will be black and white. Marco becomes Chandresh’s (the main organiser of the night circus) assistant. He helps him with everything. They hold an open audition for a illusionist. Celia auditions. At first they thought she wanted to be a magician’s assistant. But she didn’t. They were a little wary with her being a woman and everthing. They made her take off her jacket as she had the advatage of bigger sleeves than men. Her dress underneath was sleeveless and strapless. She then picks up her jacket throws it into the audience and it turns into a raven. They wonder if the raven was in her sleeves. So she asks Marco for his notebook tosses it into the air and it becomes a dove. She gets to be the illusionist. They tell that she’ll need to change a bit to fit the black and white theme. Her green dress starts to change black as if black ink was dripping down it and the bottom it stops and becomes snow white. She shakes her head and her curls become black.
And this is only the tip of the ice berg. I haven’t mentioned the Murray twins, the contortinist, Bailey who is slightly a head of everyone, the fortune teller Issabella and the clock maker. And of course what goes on inside the circus. What is all this for? What is the game?
Every now again there are poems about the circus. The book is full of romance, magic, excitment and mystery. I found it a page turner. I have just found that Summit Entertament have bought the rights for the film. The screenwriter is Moira Buffini who wrote the recent adaption of Jane Eyre. It has also been shortlisted for the Orange prize.