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review 2018-09-03 04:15
Review: The Night Circus
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

This book was a big ball of confusion for me.  I'm not really sure that I was ever certain what was going on.  For a good bit I thought two separate characters were one character pretending to be two different people.  It was kind of a mess in that respect, for me at least.

 

That being said, while I was confused throughout most of the story, I was also fascinated by it.  I'm not sure what drew me in, but even in my perplexed state, I was eager to read more, to see what what happen next.

 

I enjoyed the protagonists Celia and Marco, hated the antagonists Alexander and Hector, and pretty much all of the side characters endeared themselves to me.  I loved the circus.  It was magical--literally and figuratively-- and romantic.  As one character stated it was basically love letters from Marco and Celia to one another.  It was so sweet and utterly sad at the same time.  They were thrown together in a complicated competition without their consent, which started when they were children (so they wouldn't have been able to make an informed choice anyway) and lasted well into adulthood.  So many other innocent bystanders were dragged into this twisted game concocted by ridiculous men who clearly thought much too highly of themselves, but were too cowardly to fight it out on their own.  They did this with no thought or care as to how it would effect the participants or the non-participates that were swept up in the game.  And the sacrifices that had to be made in order to end the game were just heart-wrenching, if a little romantic.

 

The author is clearly a mad genius for concocting and bringing the tale to life--even if I was completely befuddled.  But in the end, I can't really decide whether I loved or hated it.  I think a future re-read may tip the scales one way or the other.  I think the fact that I want to reread this in the future is telling (I probably really love it.)  For now I will just say, the story was definitely captivating.

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review 2018-05-11 00:00
The Night Circus
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern I just loved this book, it was delightful. It had me enraptured right from the beginning. Even when things aren't happening, connections are being weaved, everything is interconnected. Even though many of the characters could perform feats of wondrous magic, many of them longed for the magic of the connections that are forged in everyday life. This was echoed in the sentiment that maintaining the connections required to keep the circus and its magic in existence was tiring and difficult to maintain over the long term. I think it is also echoed in the person ultimately chosen to run the circus. A beautiful sumptuous book.
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review 2018-02-06 16:05
The Night Circus
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Some books are a fantastical conjuring of a world. Of course the circus is a metaphor for the book. This book.

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text 2017-11-30 05:36
DNFing a Buddy Read?

I'm currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

 

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It is a buddy read I am doing with a friend I met through Booktube. We now chat over at Goodreads and do buddy reads often.

 

Our last buddy read was The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. We mutually decided to DNF that book, because we were both not liking it for various reason!

 

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So... She LOVES The Night Circus. She's read it like 2 times already. I know we all have different tastes and opinions and that is completely fine. I just feel bad DNFing a buddy read, especially when it is a book my buddy loves.

 

I feel all alone in a sea of people who are gushing about this book. I'm 150 pages into it and not enjoying myself. I love the setting and the first couple chapters were really interesting. The first bad experience I got which put a bad taste in my mouth is how Celia is treated by her father.

 

Also, I guess... I'm bored.

 

Do you buddy read? Do you DNF? Will you DNF a buddy read?

 

Maybe I should set the book aside and try it another day or maybe this one is truly not for me.

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review 2017-09-10 00:00
The Night Circus
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern I feel under-equipped to comment on this. It's literary fiction with a fantasy heart. It's a beautiful and broken and even horrific meditation on truth and life and love and meaning. It's boundary-breaking meta commentary. It shatters rules around tense and voice and relatable characters and a hero's journey while subtly underlining them. It's a book for all ages, all perspectives, all readers and none at all. It's entirely uncommercial, and yet enormously appealing. It invites effusive adjectives, and yet its inerrant craft justifies much stronger language, much clearer images. It is detached and distant and emotional and vibrant all at once. This is an author to watch.
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