This was a challenging novel to make it through. Not only did the story jump around enough to be quite confusing, but nothing seemed to happen or even mean anything developmentally until the end of the second portion.
I felt like I was reading/listening to a novel written to make a minimum word count. Now that I have finished the novel, I feel as though at least half of it could be omitted and it would be a better work.
If the author had developed an internal storyline more than just merging a collection of fables, it would have been intensely more commanding. Unfortunately, I found myself groaning at the "introduction" of each expected character.
No, fables/fairy tales/folk lore is such a rich and imaginative form of literature. I cannot imagine missing out on great extensions of the classics just because this was such a mash up.
I found myself distracted by the attempted character voices.
I would say this is in my top five audiobooks, out of the probably 17 I've experienced. I especially enjoy when the novel is read by the author as you are able to really hear the soul of the text, instead of an interpretation from a third party.
I was very happy to have found such a great development in a novel. The significance of the 108 chapters, three sections, etc, was fantastic.
Even though I saw the film first, not knowing of the book at that time, I was so happy that I had the experience of the novel. Even better in Gilbert's own voice!
Once invested in the novel, it did not disappoint. It took a little while to get into the story, but the intricacies were beautiful and the novel just kept growing, just like the flowers.
The emotional development was confusing, truthful and sometimes difficult - just like real life.
Imagination, heart, determination
I would have to say I am torn between Celia and Poppet- both are strong in their own way and find solutions to even the strangest problems and circumstances
Heart and another level of mystery
I found myself finding excuses to listen when I originally just downloaded the book for my commute.
While I was just looking for a morning drive distraction, the Night Circus took me into a whole new world. Not all books can ignite my own personal imagination, but I found myself guessing and re-guessing what would happen next while Erin had already written a perfect surprise into the novel. A great listen/read if you are looking for something to take you away. It has heart, but is not depressing. It has love, but is not overly "gooey" - It has true imagination that is hard to come by sometimes.
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