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)
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
I thought the writing was lush and beautiful, and so descriptive- I could really see what the author was describing. The book started out nicely, and then I think it just fell flat. It just never went anywhere- there's all this buildup... to... nothing. I was disappointed. I would recommend it for the beautiful description and fantastic narration, but other than that, this book is a C+.
I really wanted to love this book, based on great ratings and reviews......it just didn't happen. I love historical fiction, but the illusion and magic didn't appeal. To be fair, I only listened to the first 3.5 hours.
I would definitely tell all my friends who enjoy a good story to take a listen to this. It was well performed by the reader, and I loved the imagery of the book.
I don't think this book compares to anything I've ever read or listened to before. It's so unique and interesting.
I don't think I can pick a best character. He was very good at creating the different characters, but they were all still him, which I enjoyed. He was very nice to listen to.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I couldn't stop listening. I finished it in two days.
If you're into detail, phantasy, and something unlike anything before, take a look at The Night Circus.
I love books.
Yes. I found the narration perfect and the story enchanting.
Possibly The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. Both had an element of the mystical while simultaneously feeling real.
No, but I would definitely listen to other performances of his. I found his voice perfect for this story, but I'm pretty sure I would enjoy him performing anything.
I found myself sitting in the car longer just so I wouldn't have to turn it off.
This was a wonderful story. I have already given it as a gift to multiple people. Highly recommend!
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
I just didn't care. The circus was interesting, but I could care less about the rest of the story. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but after the first half I have no desire to finish the story.
I think it's safe to say that the purpose of a book is to grab their audience, and keep them. When I find myself "forcing" myself to listen-on, simply because I paid good money for the listen ... the book rarely reverses that momentum (for me). Another early on abort for me. Once again, I was drawn by the reviews and ratings. My own Mom claimed to be mesmerized by this tale. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters, or define a storyline of interest. Too much descriptive ramble, and not enough storyline. This simply did not engage me, albeit as simple as I may be.
The characters. Every single one of them was so brilliantly plotted out and bizarre, but in a good way. Even the antagonist was captivating. You wanted to know more about him, and his reasons for doing the things he did. The individual characters made up a marvelous world which would not have been the same had one of them been missing. Often in book reviews there is a conversation of "wonderful world-building," well this story uses the characters as the building blocks for the entire realm. Pay attention to all of them, and you won't regret it.
I have to pick one? The ice garden, the building of the circus clock, the way Cecelia can blast things to bits and then reassemble them, the idea of memories captured in jars, when Marco introduces himself fully to Isabel... Oh no. I can't pick just one thing. READ THIS BOOK.
Jim Dale's accent was excellent for the time period of the piece. His voice gives you a since of mystery and age. By age I mean to say that there is a feeling of history to the story that I probably would not have instilled on my own. I enjoyed his narrative in that it was not your usual, flat, American reading. Nothing about this book was ordinary, so why would the narrator be?
Again with the picking? The funny thing is that Bailey is probably the most ordinary character in the book, and yet he is the one sticking out in my mind right now. Though having just finished the book, Erin does an exceptionally good job at pulling out the importance of this every day guy. His adventures with Poppet and Widget were some of my favorite moments. I feel like Bailey gave the reader a connection to the circus that those imbued with the mystical "powers" of the Circus could not. Besides, what is a circus without spectators?
I've been reading a large number of books lately. The Night Circus captivated me in so many different ways that other books have only managed to catch me in one or two. Both serious and fantastic at the same time this book runs a gamut of emotions. You'll love and hate the lead characters at various points. You'll route for the underdog, and scowl at the "puppet masters." You'll feel for the secondary characters as much as you do for the leads. I want to go to Le Cirque des Rêves!
I really liked this book, so much that I Whispersynced it so that I could go back and forth between reading and listening. The fact that it is read by the incomparable Jim Dale contributed to the enjoyment.
I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.
This was a great story wrote in an unconventional way, yet satisfies you til the end. I'm typically a reader of series because normally I always want to know whats next and many authors make you feel that way at the end of a story. This story ended gracefully and wonderfully, leaving me satisfied and happy. It wasn't too over dramatic and it didn't hold back. It was a great balance of romance and fantasy. Whimsical is the best way to describe it. Its not for all readers, but for those that enjoy a great love story with a twist, this is for you.
It is one of my new favorites, and one I'll recommend to many people.
A wonderfully riveting and unique story. Fascinating characters and a plot line that keeps you engaged and guessing. This goes on my list of all time favorite listens/reads ever.
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