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 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.
This book left me laughing and crying at the same time. I felt connected to the story the whole way. Will definitely read again. Jim Dale's performance is, as always, enchanting.
I should have paid more attention during the beginning. But I finished it and I'm glad I did. True readers will appreciate the storyline despite the moderate pace and shallow character development. An enjoyable read and worth rhe credit.
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I loved The Night Circus! The story was breathtaking and kept me completely enraptured! The characters, the plot, the writing....everything was absolutely wonderful!
And the audiobook was perfection! Jim Dale did an amazing job reading the story. He complemented it in an astounding way and managed to make The Night Circus even more magical!
I highly recommend this book and I think that the audiobook was amazing!
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
From the first word to the last, I found myself falling more and more in love with The Night Circus. The characters were easy to befriend and the Circus itself was terribly addicting.
Jim Dale is a pleasure to listen to, as always, bringing life and emotion to every character inside this story, making it feel real.
I gave this story four stars as I found it thrilling, mysterious, and something I just couldn't stop listening to. The descriptions were perfect, neither too much not too little (all those negative reviews for being too descriptive have never read the Gormenghast series--of which, dust is given a two page description). Morgenstern gives this story a life of its own, writing it in a way that makes the images magically appear before you without much trying.
I cannot wait for the theatrical performance and plan to be the first one in line for that!
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