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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Just the title of this book made it feel magical. The idea of a night circus was so enchanting that I held off reading it, saving it like a dessert or a good bottle of wine.

There are parts of this novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the descriptions of the circus and the midnight dinners. I loved the characters, varied and multi-faceted, the twins and Bailey easily becoming my favorites.

I struggled with the story line. Even now I struggle with the thought of if there even IS a story line? I couldn't figure out what was going on until just past the halfway point and there are elements that I never found out. Once I thought I had a general idea, through a great deal of guessing and conjecture, I wasn't invested enough to care. I passed the climax of the plot (was there one? a climax or a plot?) with barely any notice as I scanned quickly over it to get back to an 'interesting part'. As the story drew to a close, I just wanted to return to Widget, Poppet, and Bailey. My attention wandered  during this read so I was relieved once finished. My first thought was to give it two stars but remembering the descriptions of the circus and the endearing characters, I think I'll give it three...

You will find an official plot line description at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9361589-the-night-circus.

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