Monday, November 14, 2011

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Two wizards challenge each other through the accomplishments of their students, using a circus that operates only at night as the battleground.  The wizards are not very nice people, but their students, Celia and Marco, are, and the circus is populated with some intriguing characters, including Tsukiko, the contortionist, the lovely twins Poppet and Widget, and Herr Thiessen, the clock maker. There are a great many characters in this book, and for a time I thought Morgenstern was indulging herself with the creation of such a large cast, but she pulled it all together in a very satisfying manner.  The descriptions of the feats of magic are lyrical, and Jim Dale's reading is wonderful, of course.

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