Posted by: k67winn | May 9, 2013

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

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Great book…..magically sophisticated, elegant, and visually (at least in my mind) gorgeous.  I hate when a good book ends…because it’s over…and they are always over way before I am ready to part with the characters.  In this case those characters would be Marco and Celia, dueling magicians reared on different schools of thought (talent versus training) but both equally unaware of the scope and the inevitable ending of this match.  The venue for this “game” is Le Cirque des Rêves, the night circus, and Ms. Morgenstern pulls her readers into the story allowing one to use all seven senses (or at least to imagine using them).  I found the connection between Marco and Celia, predicated on the electrical current that runs through their bodies when they touch, utterly romantic.  Although, I’m sure their unique abilities and shared appreciation for each other’s talents also stoked that fire.  Towards the end of the book Ms. Morgenstern dropped a website/email for Baily into the story.  Curious, I sent a cheeky email claiming to have misplaced my rêveur scarf……the following is the response I received.  “Thank you for your interest in Le Cirque des Rêves!  If you are inquiring as to the itinerary of the circus, we apologize, but it is against our policy to disclose information about current or upcoming locations.  Other inquires will be responded to in as timely a manner as possible.”  Note that this is the response no matter what your initial email says, but it’s cute nonetheless!  I also did a little research, and it turns out that there is talk of a movie in the works. Check out the you tube post; The Night Circus Fan Trailer by ZOZOMAGOD, granted it is snippets of other movies, but creates amazing possibilities for what The Night Circus could be.  The one scene I would love to see brought to life would be the scene when Marco kisses Celia at one of the midnight dinners.  Celia is wearing a bewitched gown that takes on the properties of the wardrobe worn by the person closest to her and from Ms. Morgenstern’s description it should be one hell of a kiss.  Ms. Morgenstern’s book is a compelling read for nothing with in Le Cirque des Rêves is as black and white as it would seem.    The circus is cloaked in mystery, and only through serendipity does one come upon the circus (because it is never planned or advertised) and it’s many wonders.  Prepare to be amazed…..tarot cards, and clocks, and kittens…..oh my…..  Enjoy!

P.S. This book was born from the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. Every year, in November, writers are challenged to write 50,000 words with in the month. In the true spirit of writers supporting other writers there is a paragraph in Ms. Morgenstern’s novel doing just that, whether it was intended or not. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That’s your role, your gift…….There are many kinds of magic, after all.”

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