This week, we bring you our favourite magical realism books!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Goodreads rating: 4.2
Set in Paris 1931, Hugo Cabret is an orphan who is in charge of keeping the clocks running at a train station. But Hugo has a much bigger challenge ahead of him: fixing an automaton left by his father.
Coupled with wonderfully vivid drawings, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a truly magical read.
Note: A film adaptation was also released in 2011 starring Asa Butterfield as Hugo.
The Night Circus
Goodreads rating: 4.03
Two ancient magicians pit their two best students against each other in a magical contest, the venue being a mysterious circus which only appears at night.
It’s difficult to summarise this book without giving too much away hence the short blurb. Recommended for those who enjoy a somewhat slow-paced book full of descriptions and wonderful characters.
Goodreads rating: 4.0
For as long as A can remember, he has woken up in a different body everyday. He understands that he can’t have a lasting relationship with anyone but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things which he knows he can never have.
Note: For the sake of writing a short summary, A has been referred to as a “he”. However, A’s gender is not stated in the book.