Once we got our wine and snacks, our book club curled up next to the hostess’s fireplace to talk about The Night Circus. We all agreed: this book is outside what we would normally choose for ourselves, but it’s great. It’s full of magic, drama, and romance.
We first discussed which characters we thought were a waste of writing and which ones were most memorable. One of our favorite characters is Herr Friedrick Thiessen. He is an endearing, lovable character, and we all wanted him to be Celia’s father. Herr Thiessen is a special man.
The ladies and I also agreed that it would be great to have a real night circus, and in this day and age, it would be very unique. I don’t like the circus or the carnival (I think perhaps I watched Are You Afraid of the Dark and It too many times as a child), but a night circus would be amazing!
The Night Circus was a big hit for my book club, and we’d all recommend it.
The Night Circus
written by Erin Morgenstern
published by Doubleday, 2011
About the book – from Goodreads: 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 Reves,” 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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead
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