#CBR4 Review #11: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

21 Mar

This book has been reviewed a seemingly endless number of times on CBR, so my review will be quick and painless. For more extensive reviews, check out all of the preceding reviews here.

This book is simple and beautiful. The descriptions of the circus are just enough to give you a starting point, but they let you fill in the circus with your own details, embellishments and dreams. It was an exercise in imagination for me, working through the book, trying to imagine the intricacies of the Ice Garden and the Cloud Room.

Mostly, I wanted to know how the circus affected people other than Celia and Marco. There were other side characters, like Poppet, Widget, Isobel, the sisters, Mr. Barris, etc. who were all suffering the effects of the circus. I kept waiting for a more detailed explanation of how the circus, and the challenge, were beginning to consume their lives and instill a sense of helplessness within them, but it never came. That was the major flaw for me.

The ending was cliche, but  I liked it. I cared enough about the characters to want them to end up together. And most importantly, it was satisfying to watch Celia and Marco take control over their own lives, after spending the better part of their adult lives controlling the circus for the pleasure of others.


2 Responses to “#CBR4 Review #11: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

  1. Claire 'Word by Word' March 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    I’ve heard so much about this, I know I will read it one day, but I’m almost content to leave it for now, knowing it could be an easy summer read, there’s not much excitement when it seems you are almost the last to read something.


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