Publisher: Vintage, 2012
Page count: 512 pages
“The night circus” is the story of Celia and Marco, two magicians/illusionists who are pitched against each other in a competition that, unbeknownst to either of them, can only end when one of them dies. Using their magical tricks and illusions, Celia and Marco strive to outdo one another by creating ever more fantastical and mindblowing circus tents at Le Cirque des Rêves, a night circus kept entirely in nuances of black, white and gray, with attractions unlike any you have ever come across. What their respective trainers hadn’t counted on, however, was the budding romance between the two contestants…
While this was an unusually short summary for me, I will leave it at that. The reason is simply that this book reminds of “The thirteenth tale” by Diane Setterfield, a book that hooked onto me within the space of the first few pages and made me read it cover to cover throughtout the night even though I had school the next morning. So did “The night circus”. Seriously, it’s that good: it’s the kind of “totally absorbed, removed from the world” reader’s experience that all lifelong readers dream of but so seldom get to experience. Enough said, now go read it.