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)
One of my favorite. Great storytelling combined with a magical performance.
Don't mess with that title!
I look forward to more form this author!
The story had a complex structure and was somewhat original. However, less emphasis on all the magic that was created in and around the circus and more attention to developing the characters would really have helped. I found this book disappointing. None of the characters really came to life, If you like endless descriptions of magical events for its own sake then this is the book for you. Phew! Can't believe I even got through it.
If the book was great, I might download it despite his performance. The reading was adequate at best.
None. Developing them into recognizable and layered people would have helped.
First, you can't get a better narrator. Jim Dale, who narrates the Harry Potter series, is an amazing narrator and so I think this is much better to enjoy as an audiobook, rather than in print. The story was intriguing, it jumped around from past/present/future a bit, but came together perfectly The detailed description of the circus elements, brought me right there into the story, drinking the cider and exploring the ice garden with the characters. It was fun reading a story about illusionists and magic, as it gave the story a great plot. I didn't find this story to be mundane or predictable which is always a plus in a novel and I would highly recommend the book.
This is a wonderful, creative story and I could frankly listen to Jim Dale read the phone book.
The creativity of the plot and descriptions are amazing. A joy to listen to.
Jim Dale read the Harry Potter books and his performance adds so much to the whole experience every time. I bought this just because of him and I was not disappointed.
I was not sure what this was about when I purchased it - but so glad I did... It is a little Harry Potterish - with the Magical Circus - and the characters are very well developed. I was hooked from early on never wanted to shut down the recording. Can't wait for her next book..
The narrator was tiresome. There were many characters, but little difference between the voices. The narrator was also over-dramatic, breathless and borint.
Breathless, boring, unimaginative
THe book promised a lot, but delivered little. It has much pretense of dark, star crossed lovers. However, the relationship is not well developed and becomes tedious. Most of the other characters are just there to populate the story, and are not compelling in themselves. Although it deals with magic, it has little excitement. It labors on to create a plot line that should be wonderful and surprising, but it's not. Overall, a disapointing read.
The narration was wonderful. But I felt that the characters needed to be people that have a heart or that I could relate to or empathize with in some way. The story is fragmented and didn't flow or make sense. The storyline jumped around--it was confusing on who did what and when and why. The imagry was interesting and unique, but seemed to not be relevant to the story. The ending seemed like the author was getting tired of writing the book and just wanted to get it done with a lot of words put in to make it a certain length.
Perhaps the abridged version.
Yes - he always does a very good job with putting excitement and urgency and feeling in the story.
The clock maker.
I am not sure that I would read/listen to another story by Erin Morgenstern. The story was too long and quite depressing. However, I give points for the highly creative world created in the story. I was listening half the time to hear about the fabulous circus which the characters lived in
Mr. Dale's narration was lovely.
I listened, got confused, listened more. The book was ok, but not as great as described. I love Jim Dale, and even he didn't mesmerize me.
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