“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The Night Circus, By Erin Morgenstern, is a story of an ancient duel between two schools of magical knowledge: old and new.
The circus arrives without warning. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”
“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.”
Le Cirque des Rêves, the Circus of Dreams, features such wonders and “ethereal enigmas” as a blooming garden made all of ice, acrobats soaring without a net, and a vertical cloud maze where patrons who get lost simply step off and float gently to the floor. The circus has no set schedule, appearing without warning and leaving without notice; they travel in a train disguised as an ordinary coal transport. A network of devoted fans styling themselves “rêveurs” (“dreamers”) develops around the circus; they identify to each other by adding a splash of red to garb that otherwise matches the characteristic black and white of the circus tents.
“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.’ ‘But you built me dreams instead.”
“I couldn’t tell the difference between what was real and what I wanted to be real.”
“Though I have seen a great deal of the sights, traveled a number of the available paths, there are always corners that remain unexplored, doors that remain unopened.”
Celia ultimately finds a way to avoid the terrible fate of the competition. In a way, she and Marco simultaneously withdraw from competition and enter a dream world together. Although they can never interact with the physical world again, they are together, and will enjoy the circus together for as long as their souls wander the earth for their own magical “happily ever after.”
“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”
All quotes by Erin Morgenstern from her book,The Night Circus. Check it out before Hollywood makes it into a horrible movie 🙂 I do not own the photos presented in this blog.