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The Night Circus | [Erin Morgenstern]

The Night Circus

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "A magical tale! Truly unique!"

    So many books I've "read" lately have been one in a series. Keeping up on stories I've enjoyed in the past is fun, but I am so looking for a new story!! This story is truly unique! The best part is the story is complete. A beginning, a middle and a great end! No having to wait for the next book, years later, to get more of the story! Not that I wanted it end....

    If you liked "Water for Elephants" add in a little magic with no demons, no vampires, & no monsters, then you'll enjoy a visit to "The Night Circus".

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    mpaunescu Dallas, TX USA 10-23-11
    mpaunescu Dallas, TX USA 10-23-11 Member Since 2010

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    I was mildly interested in listening to this book after reading a few audible reviews. The plot sounded as if it had potential, and it seemed like it might be a "fluff" listen, which I was in need of at the time. That being said, what actually pushed me to purchase the audiobook was when I listened to the sample and recognized the narrator's voice (Jim Dale, narrator of the incredible, but tragically short lived show, Pushing Daises). I am so happy I did.The beginning might be a little slow for some listeners, but it is well worth the wait. Erin Morgenstern delivers the listener into an enchanting world that delights the senses and engages the imagination. I loved every minute of it, and plan on listening to it again.

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    "LOVE IT!"

    It's been a long time since I've looked for excuses to drive around just so I could listen to more! This book is captivating and brilliant!

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    "Another Good vs Evil"

    I fell in love with JKR's tales of how a boy overcame ultimate evil as he was possessed with the ability to love, the ability to be loyal and was open enough to need help but would sacrifice himself before any would be harmed.

    The Night Circus is a tale of two children, formed into tools that screw everything up by falling in love - once again proving the axiom - there is NO mathematical solution for the Human Equation. Story wondrous, narrated by my favorite Grammy winning narrator of all 7 Harry Potter books, Night Circus is original, narration is well done, and when Widge, Poppit and Bailey win the day - great ending.

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this as an audio. It was a delightful fantasy getaway in a world where anything is possible. The author's sensuous descriptions of the characters, sights and sounds of every setting really engaged all of my senses and vivid pictures emerged in my mind's eye. If you are fan of magical realism (Murakami, Zafon) or even a Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, or JK Rowling fan, your imagination would likely take flight and you would enjoy the trip.

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    Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 10-22-11
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    "Wonderful listen and a great story."

    I love this book. Their are enough twists and sub plots to make it quite an interesting listen even though it has a familiar plot. All of the characters are fully developed in the way it's written and are easily brought to life in the manner it's read. The story lingers on in my mind... maybe it is magic!

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    love love love this book! Jim Dale is brilliant! Will be buying a red scarf in paris - why? Well you have to read the book to find out!

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    Julie Wimberley, tx, United States 10-21-11
    Julie Wimberley, tx, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great narrator and good story"

    I thought Jim Dale did a wonderful job with all the characters, especially the twins.
    I enjoyed the story, little bit of everything I like, sci-fi, fantasy and love story.
    I really enjoyed the descriptions of the tents, felt like I was there.

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    troy Canada 10-21-11
    troy Canada 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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    it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

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    "An amazing fairy tale for adults!"

    This book never disappointed me at any point! It will be one of my favorites!

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