I've said it many times already, but one of the things that disturbs me the most is when a book is indifferent. I don't mind loved. I don't mind hated. Those are both intense feelings and I love them equally. But what I can't stand is when the plot, the characters and the development of the story seems indifferent. At least, to my mind's eye…
Hello awesome people and welcome back to the first Thursday of August; a not so thriving one.
However, no matter what I felt about this book, I'll try to write a review as impartial as possible.
So… here it goes!
From the bestselling author Erin Morgenstern, comes The Night Circus. A circus that arrives with no warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
As the summary on Goodreads claims:
"Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air."
Lie Number 1: I felt betrayed. No matter how articulated this might seem, this isn't what I got to read through the book. To me, the narration seemed slow throughout the whole book, there was no spark and nothing to bewitch and haunt my mind on every page.
"Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms."
Lie Number 2: It's not as clear as it seems to be here the fact that Celia and Marco are the main protagonists. Sure, this is how the story starts, introducing as to their instructors and those two young people but, there are other, minor characters, too, that seem to appear even more than the main characters. Characters I never really felt I cared about. And that's sad.
"When Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance."
Lie Number 3: No deep, passionate and magical love. At least, I didn't feel it.With all the jumps back and forth the story has, I didn't get to feel that love. And by the time something interesting appeared, well it was kind of late; I didn't care for the characters at that point.
Yes, the book as a story seemed to have potential and the characters seemed to be interesting at first, but as the plot was unfolding everything seemed static to me. I felt like the plot was struggling to move forward; and all those jumps through time and place didn't seem like they helped a lot.
However, I got to admit that the minimal essence this particular novel had from start to finish, with only white and black shades appearing as a background in this circus, was pretty interesting. And it could have real potential as well, but to me it lacked in spark.
The long, everlasting descriptions ended up to be a bit annoying and as the story wasn't moving forward and there wasn't some true action coming closer any time soon, I sort of lost interest in this story; and its characters.
Of course, that's just my personal point of view. To some other readers, this might be a masterpiece! And of course, this is absolutely respectable. To me, those kind of books make me wanna go early to bed. And you probably know by now that I can read all night long; if the book is interesting.
I felt The Night Circus was one of the most indifferent books I read lately. However, if you like prose, long descriptions, slow narration and something to relax and don't stress your mind about, this novel is for you.
For me, it was just bad luck. But I'm glad the rest of the books I read lately were such pleasant surprises; others greater and others not so great, mostly because I expected those books to be EPIC!
If you read The Night Circus, I'd really like to know if you liked it or not. So please, do comment below and share your thoughts regarding this book.
Till next time… Toodles!