Published by Harvill Secker on September 15th 2011
Challenge Theme: A book with an appealing cover
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In 1886, a mysterious traveling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…
“A riveting debut. The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it.” -Tea Obreht
I really, really enjoyed this book! The author’s use of descriptive words is so well done. Makes me able to envision the fantasy that is Le Cirque des Rêves. With every page I read I could picture exactly what was going on and it made me want to be a character inside this book. I love the atmosphere of a circus and I love magic so this book was right up my alley. Also the way the author brings together the story of Bailey with the story of the circus is well done and wraps up perfectly as the end.
This book would make an incredible movie. I think the movie rights have been picked up but as of yet I can’t find whether it will be made or not. I very much hope so. I want what I saw in my head as I read the book to come to life on the big screen.
“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”
“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”
“I think looking forward will be better than looking back.”
“We must put effort and energy into anything we wish to change.”