I’ve been planning and thinking on this post for a few weeks now. I feel like I have to choose my words very carefully so as to best convey how I really feel about ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I don’t want to say much of anything that might spoil one second of the experience you will have in reading this book. I took out half of what I wrote for this post because I want you to know as little as possible. Except for how cool it all is!
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life.
The basic plot: A competition involving skills of magic, set in the forum of an enchanted traveling circus. About halfway through the story, the competition becomes something significantly more.
A third of the way in, it dawned on me, ‘Oh NO. At some point this book is going to end. And then what am I going to do?’ I thought and thought about what I should say, HOW I should say it. I realized that any words I use are going to be inadequate. I can’t tell you about this book. SHOWING you is a much better idea.
The light here is how I imagine the lights to be within the circus, just after it opens, before it turns dark.
Living statues, that move so slowly and imperceptibly, you’re not sure if they really moved at all, or if indeed they are really alive.
Magic illuminates. Or does it consume? Does it end? Should it end? What am I talking about? Never mind. Very cool picture.
“Opens at nightfall, closes at dawn.” – from ‘The Night Circus’.
The Fortune Teller.
The Wishing Tree.
Clocks. Time runs backwards and forwards throughout the narrative – events sometimes unfold before you understand what happened to bring about that particular occurrence.
The Red Haired Girl.
The Ice Garden.
The Big Cat Tent.
This is a landscape of black and white. . . with dashes of red.
The Plot, while very intriguing, is almost secondary to the the world that Erin Morgenstern has created here. I’ve never been so completely wrapped up in the landscape of a literary world before. Erin’s entire universe of this circus that she’s envisioned is so complete, so perfectly realized. . . it’s totally unbelievable and I hear she is in talks for the creation of a film. There MUST be a film. What they’ll be able to do with the imagery. . . I can’t even imagine!
Go read the book and then come chat with me! Or chat with me now if you have!
This book has clearly had the same effect on others – there are tons of Pinterest boards that are devoted solely to ‘The Night Circus’. I’m hugely indebted to this incredible Pinterest board in particular, and also this one.
Although not as comprehensive, you can see my own Night Circus Pinterest board here. It’s my way of keeping the book alive in my memory!
I wanted to jump into the pages and never leave. I’ll be thinking about this one for the rest of my life.
(Image Credits: Pinterest)