Tittle : The Night Circus
Author : Erin Morgenstern
Publication date : September 13th 2011 by Doubleday
Audience : Adult
First of all, I was completely wrong about this The Night Circus's genre. I was pretty sure that this is going to be a fantasy or something like that, but nope, it's far for fantasy. Yes, there are some tricks and magic in the story (hey, it's a circus, after all!), but since it's so poetic, I believe literary fiction would be the right category for this book.
Let me tell you that I have this odd habit of not wanting to read a summary of a book. I hate spoiler so much that I even loathe summary or back cover description. I like to read the book blindly so I can feel the surprises. Yes, The Night Circus surprised me.
Erin Morgenstern did a great job with her debut novel. I kept on telling my self about that because if you see how the book is written, it's kind of unbelievable for a debut. It is beautifully written and extremely graphic. When I say extreme, I mean it. While reading this book, I could clearly picture the scene in my mind, it's like watching a movie!
Well, those are the good things about The Night Circus. Frankly, I can say that this type of novel is not for everyone. It's slow, and I found that the timeline is a bit confusing. There are very few description about the characters development. The author used the dialogues instead of writing the characters' action. It's a bit of irony because actually Morgenstern in a master in making description. Be warned, though, it is not an easy read. It took me so many days to finished it and when the story went snail slow, I find it pretty painful. I cannot tell you how many times I had to put it down.
The other thing that I do not like about The Night Circus is the lack of back story of the characters. I know their name and what they can do, but I don't actually know who they are and why they end up at the circus. There must be something that motivates them to join the ride, but I cannot find out why in the story. To sum it up, it's a thick novel on description, but thin on the plot which makes it an overly written book however, I still find it quite entertaining to read.
This is one of the hardest books to rate. Well, let's give it 3.
What do you think of The Night Circus?