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Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

'"Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative.There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that." He takes another sip of his wine. "There are many kinds of magic, after all."' -The man in grey suit, in conversation to Widget. (Morgenstern 2010:499)

The Night Circus is a wonderful book. It is dreamlike, magical, surprising, exciting and heartfelt, all in one. I loved it almost as much as I've loved the novels from Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle. In some aspects more, because it is my opinion that you cannot truthfully compare novels that differ so much in their subject matter, composition and overall theme -  they need to be evaluated on their own. And, as it is with all stories, they need to evaluated by each listener on their own. 

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