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)
This is the best book I have read in quite some time. I bought it for everyone for Christmas this year. The descriptions transport you to the circus and the story draws you into the character. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
if you are looking for a book about a circus, this is for you. very little character development or action, many minute details about every inch of this circus. I wasn't sure if I was going to finish, but kept hoping for a big moment that make all the minor details you get matter, but it never happened.
It's been a long time since I found myself so absolutely lost in a story. It is SOOOOO amazing that I went out and bought the book to read in tandem with the narration. Jim Dale's voice really brings to life the soul of the circus. Erin's words could not be better presented. I LOVE them both!!!
Being a huge fan of the circus aside, the story is as utterly enchanting and pulls you into this world or romance, struggle, and beauty.
The descriptions of magic.
His voices and accents build on the character development. I feel he speaks as the characters would speak.
Celia, her character is so human while equally inhuman. The depth of her character is heartbreaking.
enchanting, captivating, awesome
Poppett - from her first introduction she clearly holds the future
no way to decide
you will never view nights the same
sheer artistry - the narration of this author's descriptive prose makes it nearly possible to see everything as if it were real...
A fantastic book. While strange at parts, the oddness and occasionally confusing bits of it lend themselves perfectly to the story. What made the book for me was the imagery. Each tent perfectly constructed, the authors incredible imagination portrayed so clearly and vividly that I felt as if I might have been walking into the circus myself. A story of dreams, to say the least
Night Circus spins a rare, immersive, magical, unpredictible tangle of stories that delight the listener's ears and mind. While gardening I listened to it and it took me to unexpected, delightful places.
Not at all what I expected but I fell instantly in love with this book! I couldn't wait to listen each day on my way to and from work! So creative and full of mystery and fantasy!! A must read for sure!!
Wonderful dreamlike story! The narration was fabulous. The story itself, not at all what I was expecting and that is a very good thing. I was so surprised by the "feel" of this book. I wish I hadn't already read/listened to it. I envy those about to begin...
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