The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
©2011 Erin Morgenstern (P)2011 Random House
"The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for, and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty, and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)
"Self-assured, entertaining debut that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic…. Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love... a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics." (Publishers Weekly)
You get so pulled into this story that you don't want to stop
It's hard to pick a favorite character, it's told from multiple points of view and you fall in love with every character
Jim Dale can read me any book and I will love it!
This book really gave my imagination something to work with, and boy did it! I finished the listen in 10 days and during the whole time my mind was stuck in some sort of colourful haze. Not recommended for intense work weeks in other words...
Yes, because of the narrator. Story left a lot to be desired. Ending to fast and trite. Even Jim Dale didn't save that part, but he is a joy to listen to.
Needs help at the end...didn't come together.
Harry Potter, all of them on tape or CD...gosh he is great. But this has less story to work with.
Would if I could, not bother to listen, but Jim Dale...ah.
I love, love, love, LOVE this book. I've listened to it multiple times and it gets better with each listen - so much nuance, so many little things to discover. It's an enchanting story (in multiple senses of the word) with absolutely fantastically engaging characters. The narration is great, and the narrator does an excellent job of giving each character such a unique voice that there's never any question of which character is speaking. One of my absolute all time favorites!
The story was an excellent. I felt like I really got to know the characters. It felt like a very classic story. I think the excellent narration by Jim Dale contributed heavily to the classic feel.
If you love the circus or magic or both you will enjoy this tale.
I have gifted this book more than any book I can remember, and I have gifted a lot of books.
This book is really a magical read. I enjoy books who take you to new places and make you want to stay there, and NIght Circus does just that. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged. I can't think of a part that dragged or that could have been left out. The characters are delightful. And the narrator is so good that he seems a part of the story itself.
This book was such a pleasure to listen to! The narrator, Jim Dale, was outstanding. His voice, itself, was magical! He really brought the characters to life.
I've noticed that some reviewers found the copious imagery and intricate descriptions to be tedious. I, on the other hand, found it enchanting, and I feel it greatly added to the experience. The story was centered around the very sensory, dreamy, atmospheric world of Le Cirque des Rêves. The magical atmosphere was described so vividly at times, that it became intoxicatingly real to the reader. It was a world created and held together by magic and illusion. The reader was cunningly led to question what was real and what was, in fact, an illusion. Things were never was they seemed to be. In some books over-description hinders the progress of the story, but in this case, I believe it made it a richer experience. Never, ever, did I have the feeling of "Oh, why doesn't she just get on with it already."
Some readers were put off by the fact that the story takes place over a thirty-year period. The author also provides details about the history of the circus even farther back. Although the story unfolds over many. many years, I believe this is essential to the story. It provides context and adds to the feeling of hopelessness and longevity to the playing of "the game" in which the players find themselves trapped. They are tired, overwhelmed, yet find that they must continue playing with no end in sight.
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and was sad when it ended. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author!
It's Jim Dale narrating!!! Enough said!
Magic, love, stem-punk feel with machines, human pawns, and illusions.
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