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)
I enjoyed the story and performance-'full of imagery and interesting characters. The story and Jim Dale's narration pulls the listener into the world of the night circus.
This book is written beautifully and the narration by Jim Dale is splendid. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. It is now one of my favorite books of all time.
I don't usually write reviews, but the imagery in this story were so magical I had to. if you have an imagination and like opportunities to soar outside your own reality, you will love this book.
add a captivating plot with interwoven characters and this book is a gem!
a powermad school teacher.
Jim Dale's excellent narration and story are such a perfect match. Completely engaging and wonderful to hear. Definitely worth buying.
The descriptions of the Circus and the people who populate it; in fact, all of the descriptions are gorgeous without being laborious and truly were a feast for the ears. I SAW the Circus and its many unusual tents.
This is a great, sweeping story that stays manageable by focusing on the experiences of a good handful of excellently rendered characters.
I got 4 hours in and just didn't feel like it was really going anywhere. I think I gave it a pretty good chance to get going, but I just couldn't finish it.
Make anything happen. Anything.
Jim Dale's performance was good.
no, I quit listening 4 hours in.
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