Easily will go down as one of my favourite books of all time, I fell so madly in love with it I was devastated to be done. My second 5 star of the month:
The Night Circus By: Erin Morgenstern
I feel so desperately behind the 8 ball on finding this novel and discovering this author and it was truly instant love.
Erin Morgenstern tells the story of a circus. In her words (which say it best): “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices or downtown posts and billboards, no mentions on advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
The story takes place in a variety of locations throughout the 1800’s and early 1900’s. What begins as a story about a magical circus quickly gets complicated by a secret dual between two magicians. It is the most overwhelmingly beautiful story of love, loss, sacrifice and (as corny as it might sound) magic.
When I was young I read Harry Potter and there’s something to be said for JK Rowling’s ability to place me in the magical wizarding world she created. It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced anything even reminiscent of that feeling and The Night Circus became so real I could swear I’ve been there. It was that magic that was so entrancing and Erin Morgenstern did that and perhaps even more. The beauty in her writing is so mesmerizing and delicate that I couldn’t tear my eyes from the pages. It’s been a very long time since I read a love story that was so heart achingly wonderful.
This is a fantasy book that I really believe is accessible to anyone and everyone. It will be one of the top books on my recommendation list from here forward I cannot stress enough how absolutely beautiful this novel is.
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. – Oliver Wilde”
“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 that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”
Book Club Questions
What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing this book? What ideas was he or she trying to get across?
I’m not sure she was necessarily trying to make a point I think she was playing on plenty of classic stories that have been told. The stories of forbidden love, toxic parent child dynamics and co-dependency. She inserted dream sequences into otherwise normal places which was magical and almost made it seem tangible and attainable. For me she reignited a part of my brain that had laid dormant for quite some time. It mad me see fantasy through adult eyes and I truly wasn’t sure I could appreciate this type of novel anymore like I could as a child. I think she was trying to do that – to let people feel like it’s ok to escape and dream sometimes.
How original and unique was this book?
I’ve never read a book like it. The closest I could imagine would probably be Harry Potter combined with some version of Romeo & Juliet. It was massively unique and having now read her second novel I’m convinced the magic lives with the author.