Night Circus: A Review of Sorts
12/16/11 by Stella Atrium
opening of "Night Circus" promises an experience similar to "Something
Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, but delivers smoke and mirrors
instead. I found a long series of vignettes where the reader must
guess at the hidden action behind the few gestures in each tableau.
no protagonist to follow. The only real person is Bailey (Get it?
Bailey and circus?) Bailey is the touchstone as much as a fire or a
Time stretches out reminiscent of "The Imaginarium of
Doctor Parnassus", except there's no eternal struggle between good and
evil, and the fate of society doesn't ride on the outcome.
final reaction is sadness. So much talent was resident with the
characters with magic, but they could think only to play a game of
one-upmanship. The weight of decadence, exemplified by the
contortionist, was more like the society of vampires that Louis finds
in Europe in Ann Rice's "Interview with a Vampire."
writing, though, if the reader has a taste for sorting through old
tintypes where the viewer must guess the meaning behind the many pained
expressions of ancestors.