13 October 2012

The Night Circus

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.” The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

So this piece is toward the end of the book and I won't say who say it to whom.  I finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern on audio book yesterday.  This book started great, then I faded out in the middle bit, then I loved the ending.  I've read people compare it to Harry Potter but, other than they both deal with magic existing side-by-side with our reality, I don't really see it.  While there are some unpleasant people there really aren't any bad guys to root against.  I think the reason I didn't particularly like the middle was that I just wasn't liking the vagueness of the contest and the shifts in perspective didn't really work for me.  The back and forth between the main story and the Bailey story was ok but the addition of the clockmaker's story (which I loved on its own) and then the first person sections (which i didn't care for but did make sense at the end) just kept tearing me out of the main story.  The writing is lovely and the characters interesting.  There's a lot of sadness without being depressing or melancholy.  It is a very moody and dreamy book and very very fall.  or maybe that's just me because i love Something Wicked This Way Comes and that's another circus/carnival book that takes place in the fall.

Anybody think i can count this for RIP?  a 5 for me. 

5 comments:

  1. You can totally RIP VII this one. I enjoyed it a lot for the great imagery. It's one I'd like to re-read because I'm certain I missed a lot along the way.

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  2. I listened to it, read by Jim Dale, who read all the Harry Potter audio books. I really like his narration but randomly i'd think "wait, isn't that Dumbledore?" :) Listening does make the book move more slowly too.

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  3. I read it for RIP a few weeks ago, so yes, count it! I didn't find it drag at all, I loved every page of the book. So disappointed I didn't read it last year when it first came out. I've listened to part of it on audio too just because Jim Dale is such a fantastic reader. And I loved that part at the end that you quoted.

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  4. well since our challenge runner approved it, i am counting it! :) I also loved that whole final conversation where Widget (sorry if i am spelling wrong, i never saw the word, only heard it) and the man in Grey have their chat. there are several more quotable bits.

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  5. There are. I kept finding passages that I thought would be great to quote in a review.

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