Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Review of The Night Circus

It's been a couple weeks.  But I recently read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern on my Kindle app.  The best way I can describe this book is that it is like reading an Edward Gorey drawing.  So, if you like Edward Gorey drawings, you will like this book.  It is black and white and mysterious and starts out as spooky but doesn't end up spooky, so that's not very Edward Gorey, but the rest is.

It's very visual and easy to picture all the black and white mystery of this circus, so it's very very beautiful and will undoubtedly make a gorgeous movie if it ends up in the hands of the right filmmaker.

The plot, little that there is, is rather weak.  Two magicians are engaged in a "battle" of wits, but it's a pathetic battle with no drama.  No nail-biting edge-of-your-seat action going on here.  And you really have to turn on your suspension of disbelief for this book.  It's already required since we're talking about magicians.  But even so, the plot moves forward with inexplicable devices that raise the questions "how?" and "what the...?" and the author just dismisses your questions with some sort of magic trick or it-was-always-thus kind of answer, and so you say "oh, ok" and keep reading, but there's still a nagging doubt in your mind that this would ever really happen. 

I do hope it ends up in the hands of talented filmmakers.

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