Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

The Night Circus

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern was the topic of the Burrahobbits fantasy book discussion group for August. I thought it worth mentioning here since I thought it a truly remarkable book and the other members of the group thought so, too.

"The Night Circus" is a beautiful book; beautifully designed, beautifully worded, beautifully written. The plot concerns a philosophical debate between two wizards, played out as a contest between their proteges, within and around the "Circus of Dreams", and what happens to the people, both ordinary and extraordinary, that become part of the life of the circus.

Magic is often referred to as an art, but seldom do you read of magic being used to CREATE art. However, in "The Night Circus," creativity and beauty are part of the terms of the game.

Morgenstern's writing describes the creations of the Night Circus in as lyrical prose as I have read in some time, in these days when gritty realism is the norm, even in Fantasy.

A lovely, thoughtful, fantasy novel. Highly recommended.

And, for something completely different, I will also mention a book I just finished, "Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art," by Christopher Moore. This book is set mostly in the late 1800's in Paris, and concerns the Impressionists artists, who are both inspired by, and preyed upon by, a deathless muse and her twisted master, "The Colorman." In this book, art is inspired, then stolen, and then used to make magic to inspire more art.

"Sacre Bleu" is funny and profane. It's best if you are somewhat familiar with the Impressionists, but not required since, rarely for a book these days, it has color illustrations cleverly using the works of the masters to support the story.

Very enjoyable, for adults.

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