“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not.”
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction
Sighs Heavily I fear that this review won’t do justice to the brilliance of what Erin Morgenstern has created. This is the embodiment of elegance and elevating sentences to incredible heights, I was sucked into the Circus life and I felt like I was part of the show. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I opened this book but I realised that I didn’t want to leave the circus when the book came to an end.
“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
I will not even try to summarise it as it will ruin the mystery the book itself upholds, the way the story unfolds and flows as you experience the Circus and its different tents, with out of this world performances and enchanted setting upon each stage is truly a sight to behold. So, if you do want to read the synopsis go ahead but the best way to go about this book is just opening it blindly.
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
The vibrancy of the characters was on par with the whole circus setting, their unique style, eccentric lifestyle was so lush and beautiful. On some occasion, I felt a bit underdressed when they attended The Midnight Dinners (which were outrageously exquisite). The dialogue sometimes felt too cheesy especially with the romance aspect that was the forefront of the story paired with the flowery writing it was a bit much but I didn’t particularly care about that part because the rest of the book was like having that first taste of vanilla ice cream on a hot day and just moaning…
“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.”
Speaking of food, this book made hungry every time… Seriously! The amount of snacking that happened during her description of food was outrageous. It just proves how powerful her writing is, you will on occasion find yourself feeling cold when she describes the ice garden or if some of the characters are having a certain brand of tea, I kid you not you will smell it. The only thing that elevated the book was the writing meshed well with the aesthetic of the circus theme and her ability to incorporate magic into the real world was marvelously executed, I would recommend this book to those who want to dip their toes into the fantasy genre because the subtle world-building and attention to detail was almost perfect.
I really did enjoy it and I can finally see why other people won’t stop raving about it, the experience was truly magical….
an excerpt from the book 🙂
“Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognise for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.”
Yes, it’s fantastic 🙂 Have you read it?
So until next time stay Bookish 😉