The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I have no idea how to describe what this book’s about. But I was hooked from the start. It’s an extraordinary feat of imagination. First published in 2012, it was a big hit, though it passed me by. I think I was put off by the ‘fantasy’ label. It sat on my bookshelves for months until I finally picked it up, then found it incredibly difficult to put down. I took it to a half marathon (much to the amusement of my fellow runners) just so I could read it on the journey there and back. I devoured it on my commute to work – tucking myself into a corner by a ticket machine when I arrived at the station just so that I could finish a chapter. And yet when I came close to finishing it, I didn’t want the magic to end. The Night Circus is about a fierce contest between two young illusionists who’ve been trained by their ‘masters’  since they were children to compete against each other in a ‘dark’ contest. Does that make any sense? Probably not – I told you I’ve no idea how to describe it. But the Night Circus is exactly what it says on the cover ‘breathtaking’, ‘dazzling’, ‘enchanting’.

2 thoughts on “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. I also loved this book having not expected to due to the “fantasy” label. It immediately said, “film rights” to me and I spent most of it trying to work out who I would like to play the different roles although Emma Watson would seem an obvious choice as the female protagonist. Unusual but captivating.

  2. I read this on holiday a couple of years ago and was captivated by it- so much so that I couldn’t get its rhythm out of my head and found it difficult to get into any of the other books I’d taken with me – and ended up reading it twice ! Really unusual, and I too expect a film to appear

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