The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern *** (Sound Recording by Jim Dale)
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.
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left
standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst
into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and
leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons,
hanging in the balance.
Some good thoughts and very descriptive and imaginative writing. This would make a good film/play.
Pet peeve thrown in (are all popular YA novels now including a homosexual set of characters?). Romance is eluded to but not strongly built. More of an "instant attraction" ground shaking, etc. Lust?
Jim Dale does a good job reading and it is entertaining.