Book of the Week for March 2 – March 8
Why it’s interesting:
I read this book a couple years ago and it has remained on my “To Read Again” list ever since. (Occassionally it’s also on my “To Read Again” shelf, but, often, it’s loaned out.
First of all, from a reader perspective, this is one of those books that sucks you so deeply into this other world so quickly that you forget you have a life outside of it.
Then, from a writer’s perspective, HOLY COW. I mean…HOW???? The chronology of the book is so messed up. And it works. SO WELL! And Morgenstern does alternating point-of-view in a completely new way. The reason I want to read it again is to pick apart the seams and see how she made this thing. I want to study it with a microscope and an X-ray. But it’s so hard to do because it’s SO GOOD you just get sucked into it and forget that you’re trying to study.
(I’d imagine that’s what life is like for people who want to make movies.)
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.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.