Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Erin Morgenstern has created an absorbing world of mystery and magic, played out on the stage of the Cirque des Reves and its dedicated followers – les Reveurs. The circus itself is monochromatic, all the staff and costumes, decor, illusionsists and even animals, are shades of black and white. As well as being highly visual, the descriptive powers of the author draw strongly upon the association of smell with memory. But there is more to the circus than simply the spectacle of its tents, as it is the fulcrum of a battle of magical prowess between the books’ two protagonists, Marco and Celia. The young lovers have been bound to each other in ways which become more apparent as the book draws towards a devastating conclusion. The narrative contains a wondrous cast of eccentric characters, all carefully woven into the mystical world of the Night Circus.
Despite the fact that there is not a strong plot to the book and I found it rambling in places, there was nevertheless enough intrigue to keep me reading to the end. I’m not at all surprised to learn that the film rights were snapped up!