The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: A review

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

So I heard all the hoopla about Caraval and how it is very similar to the 2011 magi-realism story set in the late 19th century fantasy London.

I’m talking about ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. Obviously, I had to read this before I got to Caraval.

The story is about this girl and boy fated to fight each other in a magical duel till there is only one of them left standing. The night circus is their arena where they perform tricks and illusions to beat the other. But things get really messy when the two fall in love and the fate of the circus and their lives are at stake.

The novel is dreamlike and whimsical. The storytelling is truly unique and for the first time in a long while made me very keen about the author’s writing style. The imagery in the chapters is also vivid for those who love descriptions and the characters are beautifully grey – moral ambiguity for the win!

I think every fantasy reader should definitely read this book because it has managed to push our imaginations to another level.

Goodreads review >> http://bit.ly/2kHdyE8

P.S. What a beautiful picture!!  Kudos to the artist! I hope an illustrated version of this book comes out soon 

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A girl from a small town

What does a girl from a small town know?

Lotsa things. You’d be surprised.

Let’s get the obvious ones out first …

She can cook like a recipe book that came alive – picture perfect, lip-smacking cuisines.
She can draw, or doodle, masterpieces with an ordinary ball pen
She can stitch those gaping holes in your pants’ crotch
And if you had your heart broken, she can stitch that too.
She can wake up at 6 am every damn morning
She can find the best store to buy the groceries that a cheapstake like you can never afford
She can manage a household for less than $15/month

And now for the hatke ones…

She holds a penchant for the arts
Yes, her ‘small town’ never had any popular celebrities.
But she was familiar with
World-class music and international dance styles,

She knows all the renowned painters,
artists, writers, directors,
storytellers, variety performers…

Some of them are her role models.
Some, her inspirations
Some, are rivals.

She has a deep set desire to travel the world

Go on adventures to exotic places
Will herself to stand at Niagara’s edge,
Walk through the temples at Angkor Wat
Marvel at the world’s greatest natural beauties
Like the aurelius borealis
and the Great Reef

She covets cross cultural experiences
To watch the rich colors on the Chinese Dragon
To tour Europe
To vacation at a beach and read her favourite book

She wants to meet new people
She can easily be friends with anybody
Young or Old

And she can handle people like a B-O-S-S

She has a strong opinion
And she can speak her mind,
unlike your feeble voice,
hers is much, much more intelligent and driven

She has a life goal
She has a life purpose
She has a life awe
She has a life.

I almost forgot,
She even wants to be a Don,
a good kind of Don, like Basha.
No kidding.

So yeah, a small-town girl has everything in the world
but your ludicrous conceit.

Dedicated to my mother.

She is an amazing lady from Coimbatore. About 25 years ago, Coimbatore was largely considered a “small town” compared to Madras. In some ways, it still is only a quasi-metro.

My mother was completely misunderstood by her in-laws. According to them, she was only a ‘small-town’ girl and wasn’t deserving of my dad. The truth is, they were a bunch of conceited egoists who weren’t half the woman she was. 

Today, as the administrative officer of an esteemed Trust’s hospital she has journeyed through many roles including a businesswoman, an IT professional, a BPO head and a homemaker.

Salute.

2015 in review

That was fun! 🙂 Thank you wordpress and that you readers for making this a lovely, memorable year 🙂

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