The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus has a certain haunting, ethereal quality to it. It's hard to really talk about the story without giving anything away, but it definitely has an almost paranormal, magical aspect to the story (illusionists at the circus who can do REAL magic, not just tricks). The storyline centres around two characters who have been assigned to a competition by their respective mentors. Both Celia and Marco are illusionists and have been trained vigourously for this competition, which takes place at Le Cirque des Rèves (The Circus of Dreams), which is designed entirely in black and white and only opens at night. Neither participant knows exactly what are the terms of this competition, nor are they privy to the details surrounding who will be declared the victor and how this will be determined. So the story unfolds around this bizarre circus, which is so visually appealing and spectacular in its oddity that every patron is hypnotized by this rare beauty and returns night after night to visit the marvels that can be found inside its various tents.
Unfortunately, our book club meeting has now been postponed until January, so I wasn't able to get my fellow book club participants thoughts on this book tonight. Since the book was so weird and wonderful in its own unique way, I am really excited to hear what others thought of this one. If you've read it, please leave me a comment below -- I'd love to hear your thoughts!