“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.”
This is a book that chills and excites and enchants. It is one I will read over and over so that I can go back to the magical, tent-covered land of the Circus, because what Erin Morgenstern has created is more than a masterpiece. It’s magic.
This book review isn’t going to be a standard format, because this book isn’t standard. It’s extraordinary in every sense of the word.
The writing is breathtaking, the characters are creative, the story is beautiful, the suspense is delicious.
Reading it was a sheer joy. There were times I had to stop and make myself a cup of tea before continuing because I just couldn’t take all the glory of it.
But be warned of two things:
First, I got “stuck” about a fifth of the way through reading it. Don’t give up if you get “stuck.” It was a tiny bit confusing with all the different plot lines, but DON’T GIVE UP because they all come together. I promise. And when they do, it’s magnificent.
Second, don’t read the second paragraph of the synopsis on the back of the book (or anywhere else you see the synopsis – Amazon, Goodreads, etc). DON’T READ IT. It contains a moderate spoiler that I believe detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book – especially the climax.
This book is sheer delight. I’m going to stop talking now so you can go and buy yourself a copy. It is tingling to the mind as magic might be to the fingers.
Five out of five stars any day for superb story telling.