Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Sunday Salon - May 20
It's a spectacularly gorgeous weekend here, and I have two days of errands and gardening to catch up on (thanks to losing most of yesterday to being in bed yesterday with a migraine). No time for idle chit chat this morning; let's get right to the books update, shall we?
Much to tell you about, as most of this week was spent in my car. It's another one of our busy seasons for work, which meant that this week was one where I drove up, down and around the state of Pennsylvania (and parts of Ohio). The good part about all that driving? Audiobooks.
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 Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, 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.
As I said, I'm really enjoying this. I'm loving Morganstern's details of the circus and her ability to transport me to a magical world, which - HELLO! - when you're listening to this while driving for 6 freakin' hours throughout the most backwoods lands of Pennsylvania, is quite a most welcome thing indeed. I am, however, kind of confused a bit on this "challenge" between Celia and Marco, and I'm finding myself rewinding the CD at times, but after reading a few other reviews, this seems to be a common issue with others who have read The Night Circus.
I'll probably finish this by the middle of this week.
From the publisher's description:
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. . . .
This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
In the May 21 issue is a short story ("The Proxy Marriage") by Maile Meloy. I am positive I've read Meloy before, but I'll be damned if I can remember what, exactly, it was. (It had to have been one of her short stories, probably in a Best Of anthology or in something like "The New Yorker" or whatever.) This sounds awful, I know. BUT, as a fan of short stories, I really liked "The Proxy Marriage" and this just made me want to read more of Ms. Meloy's work. (And tell you about it, so I don't forget.)
OK. Back to your regularly scheduled Sunday. As you were.
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