Monday, January 7, 2013

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern *** (Sound Recording by Jim Dale)

Amazon Review:
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 RĂªves, 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 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.

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