Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Book Review - The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
I loved The Night Circus, not only for its swirling plot lines and unique characters, but also for the stylistic interweaving of story and structure to form a complete and mysterious shroud that becomes not only the book you are reading, but the content you are reading about. When you open The Night Circus, you don't get a book. You get a night circus.
The mixed use of second and third person gives the reader a sense of what those who enter the circus must feel like: involved yet apart, understanding yet confused. The present tense seems at first an odd choice for a book bound by dates and fictitious history, but it further proves the point that time is not what it seems to be. Reading about past events in present tense was a thrill ride, as much as any of the descriptive tents were. To nail this theory home, the telling of the story in bits and pieces, markedly not in chronological order was brilliance.
The Night Circus forces you to pay attention to all details in the style, structure and content, lest you miss out on this enigmatic world of intrigue.