26 Aug

The Night Circus is a mastery of intense visual prose. This is not the kind of book that you zip through nor would you want to. I read it slowly, going back a page or two each time I picked it up – not because I’d forgotten what I read, but because I wanted to savor the words again. To delight in their delicacy once more before sitting down to yet another exotic ‘Midnight Dinner’.

A myriad of incredible circus tents await our every pleasure: seductive; surreal; hypnotic. Under the spell of Morgenstern’s words, we become followers of the two magicians who are bound to each other by a mysterious, elaborate competition …. to the death.

There is no doubt that I am a rêveur as this 19th century tale and its many extraordinary characters are still swirling about in the spark of my imagination. I was so taken aback in the end, that I’m still not quite certain what happened. If you read this book – and you must – you will need to be very observant, especially to time and place. You mustn’t miss your chance. Your ONE chance to be dazzled. The circus train leaves at dawn, so hurry – as the next destination is never known in advance.

Oh, I’m sorry. You say I neglected to tell you what this book is about?

Did I?


Doubleday-387 pages/first edition 2011

Fantasy suspense/gothic Victorian

a feast for the senses –


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