Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Send In The Clowns

The circus arrives without warning...


As a disclaimer, I will say this book is not one I would have picked up on my own. A dear friend "made" me read it and I will always be grateful that she did.  I am hoping, if you were unsure, you are feeling the same way. 
At the start, this book seems to pull you in, perhaps on a dare, to investigate the strange world of a circus, open only at night and with such extraordinary beauty and a dream like quality. There really are no clowns, but a tent made entirely of ice, a greenhouse which has the scent of rose and ice and sugar and "fearsome beasts and strange creatures" made out of paper and imagination. There is love and romance and there are fortune tellers and premonitions. It is really all too much for a sensible, down to earth reader, but the magic seems to have captured me. 
So, dear readers, what are you thinking? Who amongst the characters do you feel strongly about? Time plays an important role in this book, from Friedrick Thiessen's clock to the delayed aging of characters.  How do you see the role of time here? 
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