Thursday, March 28, 2013

Erin Morgenstern, THE NIGHT CIRCUS

A fanciful, entertaining, imaginative read, set in late Victorian England (mostly ... although the circus travels by magic train all over the world, so we end up in cities from Budapest to Boston). Two children, Marco and Celia, who are pitted against each other by two master-manipulators, grow up to be extraordinary magicians; alas, it's a contest to the death and they fall in love with each other. I confess that at times I found the descriptions of the circus overly elaborate, and the inventions almost too clever. At other times, conversations that felt important were glossed. But there are some great characters--particularly the secondary characters of the circus, a very entertaining bunch. I'd love to have dinner with them : )

1 comment:

  1. That sounds magical- definitely going to add to my To Read list once I've finished my current stack of books :) Life of Pi is brilliant. Have you read The Time Traveller's Wife? If not, would recommend it- it's a little tricky to get into but once I got the hang of the whole time travel narrative thingy I was hooked.

    Marlene Detierro (Ptarmigan Hunts in Alaska)