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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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    Harold Augusta, GA, United States 10-23-11
    Harold Augusta, GA, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2011
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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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    p Chicago, IL, United States 10-22-11
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    "Magical Realism"

    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
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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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    Millie Frankfort, KY, United States 10-21-11
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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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    Angela West Branch, IA, United States 10-21-11
    Angela West Branch, IA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun - Great new Author"

    There are some biases here. I must admit that part of the reason I purchased this title was the narration was done by Jim Dale, whose narrative style I fell in love with listening to the Harry Potter series.

    Having said that, it was somewhat of a distraction for me, as I kept recognizing voices as say, Snape, Dumbledore, etc... Not the fault of book or narration, but of my history of listening!

    The book was fun, imaginative, and kept me wanting to hear more. While the story was confusing at first, and somewhat hard to follow in the beginning, it developed into a well-spun story of mystery, magic, and contemplation.

    I would recommend this book to those interested in fantasy. You must have an ability to believe the unbelievable in order to enjoy this book.

    Kudos to the author - great job on a first novel! I look forward to more!

    One major annoyance - the single "F" bomb dropped very early in the book - if it were not for this, the book would be a fun one to share with my daughter. Majority of the book is clean.

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    "Welcome back Jim Dale!"

    I thought this was a highly original and compelling story. Fantastical, imaginative, beautiful images and conceptions, especially of the various parts of the circus.Thorough descriptions and well fleshed out depictions of the many characters as well. The narration was superb and held my attention from beginning to end, even during the parts that were somewhat graphic and difficult to hear.Quite a debut.

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    deborah Saint Paul, MN, United States 10-21-11
    deborah Saint Paul, MN, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2003

    Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.

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    "A Magic Night of Listening"

    The Night Circus grabs the reader fast and does not let up. Jim Dale, the reader, has a hypnotic magical voice that fits well with this genre. The story is both a coming of age story and a taste of the magic of circus life. The deeper darker aspects of both living in a circus and the pain of living in a world that exploits its talent are both currents and under currents of the story. I often run when I listen to books and I must say I sometimes went on extra long runs just so I could keep listening to this compelling magical story and to Jim Dale's hypnotic voice. Between late night listens, because this book is really good to listen to at night, and long runs I did little else until I finished it.

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