jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

Book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (reseña en ingles)

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  • Title: The Night Circus.
  • Author: Erin Morgenstern.
  • Pages: 626.
  • Genres: Fantasy, fiction and romance.
  • Saga/series: No.

Synopsis

'What kind of circus is only open at night?'
The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:

OPENS AT NIGHTFALL
CLOSES AT DAWN

As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, a sign lights up:

LE CIRQUE DES RÊVES
THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS

The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.

NOW THE CIRCUS IS OPEN
NOW YOU MAY ENTER

 

Review

I have to say that I am very glad that I read this book because it is very interesting and very well written. I love the way the author wrote it so that it all sounds so mysterious, to the point where it's hard to guess what is going to happen next. It is a very lovely looking book inside and out. I also love how the story occurs over a long period of time (years), and it gives the reader a chance to experience how the characters grow up/grow older. Another thing that is great about this book is that there are chapters (I call them special chapters) that go in between the normal chapters, they are written in second person so when you read them, you feel like you are there. The writing in this book is a bit bigger than what I'm used to so that is convenient because it's frustrating to have to squint at pages with tiny words on them. I like that Celia and Marco's magic isn't perfected to the same level in some aspects, she's better than him in certain things and he's better than her in other things. They are both very talented.

The night before had been Bailey's first proper introduction to the circus.
It was like nothing he had ever seen. The lights, the costumes, it was all so different. As though he had escaped his everyday life and wandered into another world.
He had expected it to be a show. Something to sit in a chair and watch.
He realised quickly how wrong he was.
It was something to be explored.
He investigated it as best he could, though he felt woefully unprepared. He did not know what tents to choose out of dozens of options, each with tantalising signs hinting at the contents. And every turn he took through the twisting striped pathways led to more tents, more signs, more mysteries.


Celia Bowen

I really like Celia, she is extremely strong minded/willed. I felt sorry for her, growing up with a father like the one she had and also for being made an unwilling contestant in a competition that she doesn't know the rules for. It is quite a tricky situation to be in.


Marco Alisdair

I really like Marco, he is charming. I also felt sorry for him, for being another unwilling contestant in the competition, and for the lonely childhood that he had.


Isobel

I wasn't too sure what to think of her, in the beginning it seemed like something would happen between herself and Marco. But from the beginning I was rooting for Celia and Marco to meet so I guess I was a bit against Isobel even though I do like her and felt a bit sorry for her when Marco didn't return her feelings.


Tsukiko

I like how she talks without giving much away. She says little, but she says enough.


Prospero the Enchanter/Hector Bowen

He is a famous magician. He is quite full of himself, and I had a bad feeling about him from the beginning. I definitely didn't like him as a character (he can be quite horrible). He is Celia's father, when one of his magic tricks goes wrong, he continuously bothers her.


Mr.A.H (Alexander)/"the man in the grey suit"

I have to say that he is by far the most mysterious of the characters from this book. (I'll let you figure out his personality for yourself).


Bailey

I like Bailey because he absolutely adores the circus and this helps him in his moments of indecision concerning his responsibilities that his parents push onto him. I really like how things work out for him when it seemed like he would have an unsatisfied life because of his parents.


Poppet (Penelope Aislin Murray) & Widget (Winston Aidan Murray)

I love the relationship that they have with each other, because as is normal with twins (as far as I know) they are close but they are also independent from one another, they know when to give each other privacy. I really like their abilities, they are different.

The finished clock is resplendent. At first glance it is simply a clock, a rather large black clock with a white face and a silver pendulum. Well crafted, obviously, with intricately carved woodwork edges and a perfectly painted face, but just a clock.
But that is before it is wound. Before it begins to tick, the pendulum swinging steadily and evenly. Then, then it becomes something else.


The love in this book is very real. I like the fact that there's not only love in this book, there's also heartbreak, friendship, etc.

"I believe you have my umbrella," he says, almost out of breath but wearing a grin that has too much wolf in it to be properly sheepish.
Celia stares up at him in surprise. At first she wonders what on earth Chandresh's assistant is doing in Prague, as she has never seen him outside of London. The comes the question of how he could possess such an umbrella.
As she stares at him, confused, the pieces of the puzzle begin to shift together.

Ultimately I must once again mention how much I loved reading this book. I would definitely read this book again and I recommend it thoroughly. This has to be one of my favourite books and it was sad to finish it and not be able to continue on with the story. (I'm not saying that it ended badly or anything, simply that some books are hard to move on from).
P.S. : Normally I put quotes in blue but in this book review I put them in red to respect the colours of the book, especially Le Cirque des Rêves (the Circus of Dreams).


Rating




I give this book a 5 out of 5.

Admi Megs


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