The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and it was one of those books I know I'll have a difficult time reviewing. I was completely enchanted (although there are a few factors preventing a full out gush-fest), especially by the prose-- which I found positively magical. I really did, and it will always be the thing that I'll remember most clearly about this wonderfully imaginative book.
Here's a quote that struck me as I was reading.. it's truth. Everything-- the importance, the listener, the magic in words.. I thought you guys would like it.
“I tell stories,” he says. It is the most truthful answer he has.
“You tell stories?” the man asks, the piquing of his interest almost palpable.
“Stories, tales, bardic chronicles,” Widget says. “Whatever you care to call them. The things we were discussing earlier that are more complicated than they used to be. I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narratives. It’s not that important, and this isn’t why I’m here—”
“It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift…. There are many kinds of magic, after all”