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)
REALLY didn't like this book. So many people had recommended it that I had to read it. I know I'm not a fan of fantasy, and I should have known that I wouldn't be a fan of this book either. Note to self: Don't read fantasy - You'll hate it and feel like you completely wasted valuable time!
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because although the story draws you in throughout the first half of the book, I began to lose interest as the story moved through the second half.
I can't think of any that I would compare the book to. The descriptions were beautiful and the characters were beautifully developed in the first half. Yet, for me, the fantasy became too inconceivable and, therefore, I lost interest.
My favorite scene was when one of the male protagonists was up in a tree with his sister watching the night circus and he was given the dare.
No, this book does not need a follow-up. It was a bit too long as it was.
Everything. There was a poetry to the story that was spellbinding, thanks in no small part to the masterful narration by Jim Dale. This book was definitely a treat in audiobook form.
I loved the first meeting of the two main characters.
Hard to choose, but I will say this: Jim Dale does a good job with the women's voices. He doesn't try to sound overly feminine - which in my opinion is rarely (if ever) truly successful.
A delightful read for one and all, but especially if you are an adult, or YA reader who loved Harry Potter and similarly-themed novels. The narration really lends it's self to the mystery and magic of this gem of a book.
Yes, it is complex and filled with all of the elements of a great story: developed characters, inner conflict, forbidden love and magic.
Not especially, never really engaged me
Too fantastical for me.
the performance was fine, it was the content I didn't enjoy !
The descriptions of a beautiful, magic land. Or maybe the reader, I felt as though this could be a J.K. Rowling grown up Harry Potter story. (much better than JKR's new book)
Widget.He is a wonderful storyteller .
Yes (& I never wanted it to end)
I was enchanted from the first sentence. I loved the detailed descriptions. I enjoy descriptive audio books - I might be tempted to skim past some descriptions if I were reading it. Jim Dale was perfect for the reader. I loved him when he read the Harry Potter books and he was equally as great with this book.
Of course, Jim Dale's performance of this magical story is, well, magical. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know I would have been more likely to skim over the descriptive parts had I read it in print, so I'm glad I listened to it so I could appreciate the richness of the language. My only complaint is that it was a little hard to keep track of the time line in audio--the story skips back and forth from one time period to another, and the dates are given at the beginning of the chapters, so it's easy to lose track when listening. A good one to listen to with a print version handy.
I loved the story but together with Jim Dale's narration it was phenomenal. While this is a rather gradual story, the time it takes to build to the conclusion is well worth the wait. The description and detail of the story transport you to another world.
The intervening descriptions of the different tents in the circus. It seems as if there must be a place like this. The detail is just so incredible for someone to have created it out of thin air.
No, but I recognized his voice from Pushing Daises.
The book just isn't my type of book. This book is for those who like fantasy rather than character development and a more realistic storyline.
Jim Dale is great. He is not as good at 'voicing' female characters as some male narrators I have listed to.
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