"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts or billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers.
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not."
I will admit I'm not one for fantasies or unrealistic stories. I don't like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, you name it (I know, I'm probably the only one...). Night Circus has just enough fantasy and fairytale that you believe it's real. It's a mystery, a love story and leaves you wishing you could be a guest at the circus. Erin Morgenstern does an amazing job of engaging all of the senses in the way she describes the circus. The picture she paints is so real you can almost feel it. This isn't just any circus though, it is the stage for a remarkable competition between two young magicians. Torn by their love for each other and the circus the patrons and circus performers hang in the balance while a winner is determined.
1. What role does time play in the novel? From Thiessen's clock to the delayed aging of the circus developers, to the birth of the twins - is time manipulated or fated at the circus?
2. Poppet and Widget are especially affected by the lighting of the bonfire. How crucial are their "specialities" to the ongoing success of the circus?
3. Marco asserts that Alexander H. is a father figure to him (though his paternal instincts aren't readily noticeable). In what ways does Alexander provide for Marco and in what ways has he failed him?
4. How does Isobel serve as a guard to Celia? Who, if anyone, fills that role for Marcus?
5. What is Hector's role in determining the final fate of the competition? He lectures Celia about remaining independent and not interfering with her partner, but ultimately, Hector largely influences the outcome of the competition. Explain this influence.