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)
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.
I loved the whole magical atmosphere surrounding the Circus. The characters are very human,and their drama is very human, but the whole thing takes on a very magical quality when played against the backdrop of this amazingly imaginative circus.
I think Baily was my favorite character because he was the perfectly ordinary guy, the Cinderella who discovers this extraordinary strength he has inside.
Jim Dale brings magic to every performance he gives. His tone of voice carries you through the third person narratives so you feel as though you are there. Each character's voice in turn is entertaining, and alive.
I have listened to other books I really like a second time, but this is the only book I have ever listened to immediately upon finishing it the first run.I loved it and I recommend it highly to all my friends.
One of the best books I have listened to.
The descriptions of the circus itself develops the characters in the book.
His character voices are so distinctive.
The opening line grabs you and from then on you are hooked.
The story is magnificent.
Marco and Cecile's love story great, not mushy or too annoying.
Jim Dale's performance was excellent, he made you travel through time.
After reading and hearing so much about this book, I really wanted to like it. The story line was interesting, after all, what's not like about a Circus at Night. Alas, through most of the book, the characters seemed dull, boring and not especially endearing.
The only thing that kept me listening was the fantastic performance of JIm Dale, I will certainly listen to more of his narrations in the future.
I thought I could listen to Jim Dale read the phonebook--and maybe that would be more exciting than this over-hyped tome. I kept waiting and wanting to love this book, but over halfway through it I was still waiting...and not so much caring. With so many more terrific listens out there, this one is a waste of time.
Children's book illustrator & toy designer living in Los Angeles. Addicted to audio books.
Jim Dale's narration is always a treat and here he lends his talents to a very complex and rich tale. I can't think of another narrator out there who could have done this material justice.
At first it was a little frustrating as the tale was creeping along, but I eventually settled in for the long haul and found a rich world of living characters. The slow pace grew on me and I eventually was not wanting the story to end! The Circus was an amazing place to visit and the tale always picked up when inside its many tents.
Jim Dale has a way of reading a sentence that doesn't SOUND as if he is reading, but TELLING you a story. This storyteller aspect fit perfectly with this tale. He is an awesome talent and the perfect choice for a narrator of such a visually rich world of the Night Circus.
Yes, more please!
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