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The two magicians in question are called Prospero the Enchanter, aka Hector Bowen, and "the man in the grey suit," aka Mr. H, and the young people who act as their proxies are Bowen's six-year-old daughter Celia and a nine-year-old orphan called Marco Alisdair. When Celia and Marco fall in love, the competition becomes that much more complicated.
The Night Circus
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The Night Circus. Description In , a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Reves 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 reveurs - 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 fabulous, fin-de-siecle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.
Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x 42mm It could have been a heartfelt romance.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - Penguin Books Australia
If Moregenstern wanted to, The Night Circus could even have been a coming of age story with a thoughtful message about growing up and the choices we make. Instead, the final product is a badly written soap opera. The main characters, Marco and C This book had so much potential. The main characters, Marco and Celia, were very hard to like. They were supposed to be adults, but I personally felt as if they had the emotional maturity of pre-teens. For example, after one of Celia's friends dies, she goes to Marco for comfort. While crying in his chest, Celia says that this character had often written letters to her.
This is what Marco says: "I would have written to you as well if I could. A sea of ink is not sufficient to describe my feelings for you. Mind you, the friend had been dead for less than a few hours. That's alright though, his death was clearly not as important as their love. Speaking of their love, it was melodramatic and unrealistic.
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Marco is enchanted with how beautiful Celia is. Celia plays hard to get, but after one evening in which they have a stale, uninteresting conversation, they are suddenly madly in love.
In one scene, Marco held Celia's hand, and the mere touch of his skin on hers had her gasping for breath. In another, he grabs her and kisses her in front of a ballroom, and the chandeliers tremble. Every interaction basically involves them either being used a plot vehicles to explain things to the reader, or was an excuse for them to state their love. Over and over and over again. Each time in a more melodramatic way than the last. Never mind that nothing happens for them that actually would cause them to fall in love.
Finally, just to drive my point home, here is an actual line from Marco: "I would rather die by her side than live without her! Even when their interactions could have been meaningful, one or the other finds a way to devalue the entire scene. At one point in the book, Celia is complaining about the emotional toll that this competition is having on her. Marco offers to go to his mentor and have Celia declared a winner.
Problem solved! Well, not really, but neither of the characters know that yet What does Celia do when she is given an answer to every one of her problems? She decides that it is much too tiring to talk about. So instead making an honest effort to figure out their problems together, she enchants him so that he can't speak, complains more about the emotional toll that this competition is having on her, and then has emotional sex with him.
It was such a pity that Morgenstern chose such god awful characters to be the focus of the book. She had so many characters at her disposal who were much more likable and three dimensional. I would have loved the book if it had been about Chandresh and his pride, and how Marco and A.
H manipulated that to their ends.
Or if it had focused on Prospero and Mr. H as they dueled with their ideologies. Though the Burgess sisters were minor characters, their slow realization that something wasn't right with the circus could have made for an interesting main plot. Even if the story was about Bailey, it could have been sweet and adorable. Out of all the potential characters and stories she had, Morgenstern chose the worst, and magnified them up to Besides the characters, this reader also had problems with the plot, namely that fact it was vague and riddled with loopholes.
The reader is never quite shown how the magic in the book works, or even how the competition itself works. Without this understanding, it was hard to know why Celia and Marco did what they did, because there were a million other things that they could have done that would have made more sense. Lucy's review provides one glaring example. In addition, the plot itself moves dreadfully slow.
It takes 16 years for something to actually happen, and Morgenstern tries to distract the reader from that by filling the pages with pretty imagery and tone. In short, what could have been a fantastic story was ruined by lazy plotting and dreadful characters. Morgenstern should consider a career in art directing-she can create beautiful images and obviously has a vivid imagination, but she cannot create any substance behind her images.
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I wavered between four and five stars on this one but then thought that I should show multi-millionaire authors the same generosity I show the struggling variety. There is, dear reader, almost no violence at all. This is in fact a gentle, magical book. A lot of time is spent describing delicate and beautiful enchantments and illusions. A lot of time is spent describing the courses at exotic dinners. So, very different from the kind of reads that I have been enjoying of late.
So Morgenstern clearly worked her magic on me.