The Night Circus

  • Author : Erin Morgenstern
  • Pages : 490
  • Genre : Historical Urban Fantasy
  • Translated as « Le Cirque des Rêves »

Summary :

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

The Circus was created as a part of a challenge. Since they were young, Celia and Marco are opponents in a magic contest and their goal is to defeat the other one by creating the most incredible illusions, tricks and shows. The Circus is a part of the challenge but it also is a part of a forbidden love story.

My Opinion :

The plot

The Night Circus is not a plot nor a character driven story. There are some elements that contribute to the challenge, some twists that make the story goes forward, some characters that we like to follow but this is mainly a book about feels. We follow the begining of the challenge then the creation of Le Cirque des Rêves and the people involved then the life of the Circus and the travels. This story is about all of the elements that make the Circus whimsical and unique and magical, all the diffent tents and shows and show workers. This is also about the magnetism that the circus provokes on the visitors and their urge to come back every nights until the circus disappears.

While it was a unique experience to read this book, the little of plot that happens left me kind of indifferent. Actually, the parts I liked the most was the descriptions of the Circus itself and all the magical elements within it. I can understand why so many people loved it but it was not unforgettable for me. I really enjoyed it while reading it but as soon as I closed the book, I had the feeling that the story was not going to stick with me for long.

The characters

The fact that the story takes place in the 19th/20th century made me discover different kind of characters and I liked that. Their cloths, their environment and their language contributed to fully immerse myself in the story. But while I enjoyed following the different characters, Celia, Marco, Isobel, Bailey, the twins, etc… I was not strongly attached to any of them. We follow a lot of different people and maybe this is why I felt like they were all a little underdevelopped. As I said earlier, the Night Circus is not really a character driven story and this is the main element that disappointed me during my reading. I need to feel a connection with the characters to fully enjoy a story and because I did not have strong feelings about any of them, except maybe Bailey that I really liked, I kind of forgot about them instantly.

The writing style

The strength of the book is the writing style for sure. The descriptions, the immersion, the way the sentences are built, made me love the story instantly and continue reading when my interest lowered. Erin Morgenstern has a unique way to describe her universe and every glimpse of the circus we get impressed me. She has an incredible imagination and you can’t stay indifferent to the world she created in her book.

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

Sum up and Rating :

Positive :

  • The writing style
  • The imagination of the world

Negative :

  • The lack of character development
  • The rush in the end which left me a little confused

As I loved The Starless Sea by the same author so much, I had very high expectations for this book and I ended up a little bit disappointed. I loved the atmosphere and the circus itself but the characters and the challenge left me indifferent. For these reasons, I give this book a 17/20. I recommand it for sure to the people who like beautiful writing style and one of a kind story with a unique atmosphere.

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