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 a puzzler. How did it get published? How did it get such "rave reviews" from readers? Why would anyone want to make this into a movie? I feel like I was duped by the hype over this book. It was like reading an endless intro to something that never happened. It's just devoid of any substance. After a while, it was just annoying. I listened for about 5 hours, then pulled the plug. Was my first wasted credit in 2 + years.
No - Too weird for me
Stop reading before it was over
Be aware that this falls into the fantasy genre
Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and American Gods - beautiful imagery and alternate reality with one foot in the here and now and one in the now and then.
Yes, and I pretty much did, over a two-day period
I look forward to this author's next audio book!
This story was fabulous. I loved the characters. I absolutely would listen to it again I did not want it to end I really hope their is a second story picking up with the twins where this story left off.
This book truly is in a category by its self. I could loosely compare it to the magic and wonder evoked by the first Harry Potter but at the same time it is so much more.
Absolutely! I would drive the long way to and from work to get a little extra listening time.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and I'm still glad I did, but it was not quite what I expected. Positives: visually lovely, interesting point of view changes from third to second, the circus itself... I think I liked the way it treated you as a circus patron who could wander around like a character. Negatives: Where is the tension? Okay, there is some, mostly in the last third, but it lacks the intensity of rising action I would have preferred. The bonfire was a central aspect of the circus, but this story never really caught flame for me. Very little really "happened". The lovers took way too long to realize their feelings for each other, and when they did, I didn't quite buy it. I did enjoy Bailey and the twins, but even there, I was left somewhat unsatisfied. I also found the jumping back and forth in time to be a bit confusing. Reading a physical copy of the book might have been easier to follow the timing...
The narrator too-- not awful, but not the right choice for this novel in my opinion. You have a kind of Victorian setting (formal), and then you have a kind of formal narrator. It needed more contrast. It felt like he would have been great narrating a National Geographic show, but not this. His voice/style brought a non-fiction feeling to what is fiction/fantasy. I don't know if that makes sense. The best part of his reading was the dialogue, particularly the twins. During the expository parts, I had to work hard to stay focused.
The author did seem to want to make a point about time or timelessness, love of course, and freedom vs. constraint, but it just didn't really come home. Seemed kind of pointless really. Certain elements just didn't come together. On a positive note, I would be interested in seeing a movie version of this. That could have some potential, if they could do the circus portrayal justice. In a nutshell, the pacing of this story was like a run across Kansas. Your sneakers and jogging suit are pretty, sure, but there are just not enough hills and valleys to make it an interesting challenge.
This is an interesting little flight of fancy, that is rather too long for the concept. A charming love story when it finally gets around to it, but I found the constant repitition of elaborate fantastic magical constructions to become tedious. The story itself takes a long backseat to the discussion of the fantastical illusions. Better to have trimmed them and gotten on with the show, so to say.
The reviews said that this book is the next young adult fantasy book. Even to the point comparing Harry Potter (the magical side) with Twilight (the forbidden love). But honesty, this book is so predictable that it make me sick to think I spend my money on it. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of both books (harry potter and Twilight), but this book just didn't cut it for me.
In my opinion, I think Erin should have done it LESS PREDICTABLE!!! Twist up the story more. Make it more interesting than just simply foreseeing the worst.
No, Jim Dale is perfect for fantasy novels. He did Harry Potter and I enjoy his voice.
How everything is determine by fate. She was met to kill him and he was met to kill her too. Come on people!! Put more spice!
I would recommend this novel for people who aren't fans of Harry Potter and Twilight, but like fantasy novels, but go and find them!
A weak plot, beautifully described. If you like quiet foreign films without much dialog with characters looking at each other trying to figure out what the other is thinking, this is the book for you.
Descriptions for the sake of just filling space. It takes pages to describe what a room looks like, but not even a sentence about the characters in the room. I read books to connect with characters in that book, not to get an ad nauseum description on their surroundings. This is an example of a college English paper on description gone seriously wrong.
Not the genre, just the author
He's a great performer
Disappointment and anger that I spent my credit on it
When you overuse a technique like going back and forth with time and dates, at least make it not so jumbled. I had to make notes and an outline of time to understand events, they were all over the place. Also when you suspend all reality, at least try to explain how and why. For example if you are reading about vampires, yuen you suspend reality and can believe that they can perform amazing feats, but if you write about regular human beings and never explain what makes these people different, then believing that they live for centuries, stop aging, perform amazing feats and can stab themselves with a sword and heal instantly makes you feel just kind of stupid and leaves the reader confused.
I'll read anything, fiction, nonfiction, sci fi, mystery, young adult, even a romance if it is well written.
The writing style reminds me of Ray Bradbury, mood and suggestion rather than a recounting of events. This book isn't so much about what happens, but how the writer involves the imagination of the reader/listener to create a unique experience.. Who's the illusionist, the author or a character in the book? Much of the tone is dark and ominous and, for me, slightly disturbing, so I would not necessarily recommend it for young and sensitive children.
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