Release Date: 24th May 2012
Publisher: Vintage Books
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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, 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 performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Before we talk about anything else I’d just like to mention how much I like the opening lines of this novel. Because what a good everything tbh. So yeah, this book. It’s kind of like falling into a dream? Morgenstern’s lush, evocative prose allows the setting of this of this book to be so immersive; I honestly think her prose and the brilliant, dreamlike imagery in this book are its strongest features.