Thursday, October 15, 2015

the circus continues

The first thing I will say about this book is that the synopsis is poorly written. The book I read vs. the book I thought I was going to read were extremely different books.

This is how the synopsis should have read:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a competition is underway between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been guided since childhood expressly, for this purpose, by their unusual instructors. They do not know the rules or the why's  but they know they must perform.
But the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead


I think one of the problems with this book is that it was written in a way that has no validation. There are many things alluded to, but never confirmed. 

This book creates a world where magic and mystery is a supporting character. Where the circus itself, is the most important main character. The game that Celia and Marco find themselves in, is open to context. I synthesized this by filling in the blanks. When the elder magicians pit Celia and Marco together, I formed the idea that the game was a sandbox creation and that the rule makers themselves didn't fully understand.

Then there was the plot. I am still kind of struggling with this. The book has a very simple plot stretched over years. However, if I follow the development of the circus, it becomes immortal. As if the plot could continue in the recesses of my imagination. That open ended space is something I enjoy, immensely. On the other hand, it is by definition a bad structure for a book.

Why did I love this book then? The language. The world building. The mystery. The magic. How it left me feeling when I finished it. How a part of me felt like whoever read this book, became part of the circus magic themselves. The book felt more like art and that is pretty awesome if you ask me.

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