At last I have finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was a nice, easy read and had plenty of different writing techniques.
The book was separated into 5 parts, part 5 being exceptionally short. You are thrust straight into an unusual world full of magic conveyed as illusions, which is cleverly written by the author. The book starts in 2nd person promoting the reader to feel as though they are at the circus themselves, this technique pops up through the book in various chapters.
Each chapter is headed with a title, some in French, and a place and/or date. I realised after a few chapters it was important to take note of the dates as at one point you would be pre Circus opening and another would be about the adventures of a young boy ‘Bailey’ whilst in the circus.
As I said above, it was an easy, fun read full of descriptions allowing you to vividly picture the scenes. However, due to a lack of blurb I found it hard to get into the book, not really understanding what the point of the story was until shortly before the end of part 1. It is a very popular read at present and, if I’m honest, this fact is what prompted me to continue to the end.
By the time I got to part 3 I was starting to lag and found it didn’t have much of a destination. This made it harder for me to find the drive to pick it back up and continue reading, although once I was into the flow of the book again, I greatly enjoyed the world I was taken to.
I feel it is a book much like Marmite. You will either love it or you won’t.
Overall rating 3/5