My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book source: Library
Genre: Literary Fiction
Objectionable material: none
#10 on my "Top Ten Summer TBR Books"
Once upon a time there was a circus.
A magical circus. With black and white tents, an eternal cauldron flaming bright in the courtyard, an expertly crafted clock marking time, and mystical performers and acts.
But hidden within the tent walls is a competition between two unknowing participants. Each trying to prove their superiority over the other at the hands of their mentors.
Then the competitors fall in love. Circus allies die. The circus magic begins to fail. The future of the circus must be saved – but by whom?
Erin Morgenstern has created an enchanting story, full of whimsy, wonder and conflict.
Her imagery is brilliant: each circus “exhibit” discovered by the reader is like going down Alice’s rabbit hole, with tales of ice or dreams or clouds or wishes. Her characters are equally distinctive: a tattooed contortionist, a peculiar man in a grey suit, a shadowy father, fanciful twins, and fateful lovers.
Less successful was the story development – it took nearly 300 pages for anything to “happen.” It was pretty to read along the way…but my patience was certainly tested.
Overall, a book like nothing I’ve read before. Totally unique and original. A perfect read to transport you to another world.