01 October 2016

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Circus-Vintage-Magic-ebook/dp/B005AKFXZW/

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 401                            

Status: Not Finished

Recommended for awisls: Not Sure

I can’t remember feeling so conflicted about a book before. Believe it or not, but I’m really upset for not liking The Night Circus. It has such great ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. Many readers speak highly of this book, and I picked it up with high expectations, but alas, The Night Circus is one of the few books that I could not finish.

The first few chapters were full of promises. The imaginary was great, the setting beautiful. The circus was enchanting, in the beginning. But then I stopped understanding what I was reading. I still don’t know what this books was about. The blurb and the book have very little to do with each other. The blurb promised a battle between two wizards, which was nowhere to be found in the book, but that wasn’t my problem. My problem was the plot. It was there, somewhere between the pages, but it was so vague I could hardly see it. My other problem were the characters. None of them piqued my interest, which is really a shame, because they all had potentials and could be truly memorable.

You might laugh at me and even call me a bad writer, but I will say it: this book was too wordy. Sometimes I felt like I was reading not a fiction, but the Oxford Dictionary. There were so many words in this book I got lost in them. I love words, I write them down in my notebooks, I study them. But a book doesn’t have to be a dictionary. A book needs to be entertaining. After The Night Circus began rapidly losing its charm I still managed to read another 100 pages. I reached the 66% point on my kindle and felt exhausted.

It’s a real shame, because I really wanted to finish this book. I was ready to fall in love with it. It was just not for me. Many readers love it and I can only envy them. They saw the beauty that I couldn’t spot. Maybe I’m really blind.

Do I recommend this to awisl? I’m not sure. If you can read it as a textbook, you might learn some new words. But read it at your own risk.

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern fantasy