The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
Product details (via Goodreads):
Paperback, 516 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Anchor (first published September 13th 2011)
ISBN: 0307744434 (ISBN13: 9780307744432)
edition language: English
original title: The Night Circus
A magical writing, with magical descriptions that fascinated me. A book that made me dream about a world full of fantasy.
The characters are well-built, and some of them sometimes almost seemed to be there by my side, even if they were a little peculiar.
An amazing environment, mysterious that I felt I could almost touch and feel; different places that contain the same magic; it seems we feel the enthusiasm when the people arrive to the circus. Sometimes I had the feeling that, if I looked to what was around me, I would see what was described on the book. The circus has no color, with black and white tents, but all the descriptions can make us believe that it has to be a wonderful magic place.
The plot is simple, but for me it was addicting and full of wonderful details of a magical circus that suddenly appears during the night. The story is touching. We read about love and hate, hope and pain, all together.
This book wrapped itself gently and softly around me, between past, present and future, without getting confused at any time by this puzzle that adds a little more to what you already know.
The two main characters are Celia and Marco, who we get to know since they were children. They are pushed into a challenge, and nobody explains them the rules. The circus is the stage of this battle. As they get to know each other, something grows between them two: a beautiful, greater love, that has consequences to the circus and all people who are part of it.
Celia as a hard relationship with her father, not because of the challenge that he put her through, but because of the strict rules that he implies, always making her remember of the game and of being better, having everything under control.
Marco and the man who took him from an institution don't have a great relationship, too. They almost don't talk. Everything is focused on his learning.
Marco and Celia don't know that they are opponents, nobody tells them. Marco is the first to find out, the first time he sees Celia perform on stage. He follows her and her work for a while, until she understands on one rainy night who he is. The relationship and the way it develops is magical too.
The red-hair twins are my favorite characters. They grow up in the circus, and that's all they know about the world. They are funny, and they are, in the end, a very important part of this book, helping Celia and Marco. Without them and their friend Bailey (specially Bailey), the ending would be much more tragic.
Bailey is a boy that simply loves the circus. A normal boy who dreams about the circus from the first time he was inside, and he is always waiting for it to come back. And when it finally comes back again and he meets the twins, they become good friends really quickly.
The writing is simple, but beautiful. I couldn't put the book don't, and the more I would get closer to the end, the more difficult it would be to stop reading. I wanted to know more. The suspense is amazing.
The author can drive you inside the circus in a way you can almost feel you are there, that you are side by side with all those magic characters of the circus and all the rêveurs wearing something red in a place of black and with.
The ending is fabulous, magic, and for me, unexpected. I loved every bit of it.
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