I’m also having a bit of trouble seeing clearly (literally) today (Sunday) and my Packers are losing, just for your information.
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Synopsis: 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.
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.
How do you describe a book whose main character is not a person, yet is a living, breathing, changing entity – the circus? If you think I’m kidding, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Sure, there are human characters, but they are all entwined in this all-encompassing, ever-changing circus.
It’s true what the synopsis states: there is a competition between magicians – but with much love and respect, this isn’t Harry Potter, although I can see some comparison now that I’ve said that. The competition is dark and confusing; each player aware, yet strangely unsuspecting of an end game. Nothing is as it seems.
That last bit may sound cliché, but this is a book about magic and there are many layers, misdirects, and illusions. It also adds to the mystery that some of the terms used are French. I read this on my tablet and was able to search for the words through the Internet while remaining in the book, but for those who don’t speak French fluently, the meanings may not be readily apparent. There are also many clever plays on words in the titles of the chapters that require a larger vocabulary than even I have, so be prepared.
Then there is the underlying love story. It’s tragic, beautiful, passionate, and utterly epic. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Final Thoughts: I asked myself, at the end, which one tent I would visit inside the Le Cirque des Rêves, and I have an answer: The Pool of Tears.