Editor's Lit: The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern

Updated: 14 Jun 2013

Time Out says

Rating: 4/5
RM31.90, Vintage

From 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgernstern, expect chocolate-covered popcorn, tent full of people, raised circular platform for tricks that use bright white fire and a transforming clock that does more than simply telling time. Expect the circus to vanish as suddenly as it had appeared, silently, within the hours of deep sleep.

Above all, expect a spellbinding but dark tale between the book’s covers, for nothing attracts eccentric misfits and bizarre, unexplainable occurrences than a circus. Especially this one, bathed only in monochromatic hues, it only opens when the sun sets and is the venue for a nefarious challenge between two old masters of illusions.

The surprising ingredient, the glue of the book's plot, that spices up the already mesmerising tale is the love story between the masters’ pawns (or protégés) who carry out the long drawn illusion-based challenge. The twist to the otherwise Burtonesque love story is that the one who loses the challenge expires, annihilated by the many illusions that they create for the masters’ egotistical dare.

Two questions arise, how can the two – caught in their masters’ vainglorious gamble on their ability and life – be together and remain intact? Furthermore, can the circus exist without the powers of the two protégés who curb the masters’ evil, selfish intent? Well, the last 55 pages of ‘The Night Circus’ hold the answers to those niggling questions. Be ready to burn that midnight oil reading the whole book in one go. Su Aziz

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