Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Food For Thought.

Jain @ once in a blue moon and Mary @ home is where the boat is are once again hosting food for thought  and have selected 22 books to share during 2012.
Jain outlined the idea like this…..
will visually share our reviews this year, be it a special scene that caught our eye, an action, place or food, the choice is ours. the true idea behind food for thought is to get extra hands on time with our reading. I can tell you it’s fun – if you would like to join in, please email us and we will be happy to share the books and dates to come. I wish you happy reading and come play between the lines. 
Having enjoyed many of their fft posts in the past I decided it would be fun to join in this time and so emailed jain who kindly sent me the list of books and dates.
When I saw that the first fft post was due on the 20th January I rushed to amazon, placed an order for “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and crossed my fingers that it would arrive in time for me to participate.

The book arrived earlier this week and I am thoroughly enjoying it but haven’t finished it yet.
The book jacket is, itself, a work of art, the black edged pages and pattern end papers draw you immediately into a magical black and white world, where nothing is what it appears to be and illusion is all.
“The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it…
 it is simply there, when yesterday it was not”.

 “ Le Cirque des Rêves”.
Opens at nightfall, closes at dawn. 

The Night Circus is the setting for a duel  between two young illusionists.
Celia, daughter of Prospero the Enchanter and Marco, orphaned protégé of the mysterious Alexander H. Within the black and white tents of the Circus of Dreams they compete to create enchanted worlds such as the Cloud Maze, the Stargazer ride, the Carousel, and the Wishing Tree.
As you roam from tent to tent you might encounter Tsukiko the tattooed contortionist, as she folds her body into the smallest of glass cases before disappearing completely from view.
Or stand bemused by the Snow Queen, the Empress of The Night or the Black Pirate, just three of the living statues which never move.

Perhaps a visit to Isobel, the fortune teller with her Tarot cards is more to your liking?
Take another path to discover the red haired twins, Widget and Poppet, they will amaze you with their somersaulting, black and white kitten circus act.
Wherever you turn there is always something to delight.

I have quite a few chapters to read before I reach "The End" and plan on settling down later, with a cup of tea and some orange, chocolate & chocolate chip, cup cakes, to join like minded rêveurs for another night time visit to “ Le Cirque des Rêves”.

Linking this post also to Weekend Cooking @ Beth Fish Reads


once in a blue moon said...

Maggie what a gorgeous review, I am so excited yours arrived in time! Did you love this book as much as I did? I am on a cell phone so can't type much, I will be back when I get home on a real computer, thanks so much for joining in!

Mary said...

Hi Maggie~ I'm so glad you could join in the fun! I loved this book~ I was fascinated by the concept and all colorful details in this black & white world Erin Morgenstern created!

I listened to the audio version with Jim Dale doing the reading for me so it had twice the magic :) There is nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea, this book & of course some chocolate! Enjoy the rest of your pages and this magical tale! Hope you can play among the pages with us again :)

Sheila said...

You've revealed just enough of the book to make it go on my to read booklist. Lovely presentation of the theme maggie!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Where do you order the books? I will send them to my home n Holland to read there this spring and summer. We will get home Apr. 16th. It sounds like you're making the most of the cozy, fireside weather. xo Jenny

Pondside said...

It seems that just holding this book in one's hands would be a treat - lovely to have a book made with such care. I'll look for it!

TheBookGirl said...

This was a favorite read of mine last year -- and that was a bit of surprise as I don't read alot of fantasy. I was simply blown away by the world Morgenstern created through her beautiful writing.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

Birgit said...

I recently finished "The Night Circus," so it was extra special to re-visit the circus together with you that way. Great post and wonderful photos. :)

Sarah said...

Maggie, I'm waiting to read this. Actually I've ordered the audio version. Enjoy the read.

Beth F said...

What a great post. I love your photos -- and now I want a pretty B&W table setting with cupcakes to match. Thanks so much for linking this to Weekend Cooking, love cross-connecting with other memes and events.

vicki said...

Maggie- this is indeed a wonderful review-- I am intrigued--
Perhaps I might try this beautiful book--

Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post said...

Beautiful post! The book and the cupcakes sound very inviting!

Heather said...

I am intrigued by this book. My sister has a copy that I can borrow. Looking forward to it.