‘The Night Circus‘ is a perfect example of why I always try my best to read to the end of a book even if it hasn’t immediately captured my imagination, I very rarely don’t finish a book.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
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.
- Synopsis from Amazon
From what I gather, this book is a bit of a ‘you love it or you hate it’ kind of deal. For me it was a strange mixture of both, it wasn’t until I was about a third of the way in (Page 220 if we are going to be exact about it) that I really started to feel properly immersed and invested in this story, and I was really starting to lose hope. I was not feeling any real attachment to the characters or the storyline, which was causing this to feel like a bit of a chore to read to be honest, the only thing that kept me going was the incredible setting of the novel and gorgeous prose. The descriptions of the Les Cirque des Rêves are beautiful and captivating, I would love to visit even for an hour!
I think my main struggle with this book is the style of the third person narrative, it made it very difficult for me to feel any sort of emotional connection with the characters as well as making me feel very detached from the story itself. That said, by the time I reached that end of this book I was hooked, it is beautifully written and actually had me longing for a trip to a magical dream-like circus! I’ve given this three stars purely due to the struggle I had with the first part of the book, but that may just be a personal issue with the style of writing.
I would recommend ‘The Night Circus‘ if you enjoy dark and enchanting worlds, magic, mystery and a unique love story.
To Buy, Borrow or Bin?: Borrow, then buy if you love it! (I’m glad I took the risk)
Favourite Quote: ’”Because I do not wish to know,” he says.”I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”‘ (Pg. 230)