The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Absolutely stunning. I savored every single word, which is unusual for me as I speed through so many books. This one, however, like a superbly crafted meal, invited me to linger and taste the nuances of every flavor on my literary palate. It cast a glorious spell over me. I was so sorry to see it end, and that is also a rarity for me.
The visualizations in my mind were crystal clear. The descriptions of physical things and people were so explicit and rendered in such fluid language that the circus truly lived in my imagination.
I loved every wonderful moment of this unique story. It was utterly gratifying to watch it give the lie to the adage that there is nothing new under the sun. Erin Morgenstern weaves a rich, bejeweled tapestry full of amazing and unique characters in a completely outrageous situation. She drifts forward and back in time as befits the character of the circus itself.
Ms. Morgenstern's writing style is elegant and eloquent. She strings words the way a jeweler strings a perfect pearl necklace. The Night Circus was a magnificent creation and I wish I could read it all over again with fresh eyes.