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)
Right at the top
A little vbit Hungar Games, a lit bit Harry Potter - but what a love story
all of them - Jim Dale is great just like he was in Harry Potter
Very good book - keeps you listening from the beginning and of course Jim Dale does the reading
Speed up the action.
This was my first.
Jim Dale is wonderful, but even he has only so many voices. Sometimes I thought I was listening to Harry & Hermoine.
I can see a teen movie w/ typical teen stars.
A good story. Alittle too slow ... too ... drawn ... out.
Mystery, relationships, applying oneself completely
So many layers and surprises
Ice garden tent maybe...too many to choose from.
Very unusual and worthwhile read/listen
This was a great book! I didn't know anything about it, so the entire story came as a surprise. I thought the story itself was "magical" and the narrator was excellent (I have often been disappointed by narrators being drab, and made me lose interest in the story). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy mixed in with a little romance!
I didn't read the print version.
This is an all around good book. It's a fun story and well narrated. I have since recommended it to friends.
S. J. Swan
Yes, I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but then as the story unfolded, I had to know what was going on.
I don't know what to compare it too.
I have never listened to this narrator before, but I think he did a good job.
It didn't inspire me. It was more of just entertainment.
If you want a great atmospheric novel about a circus - try 'Water for Elephants.' If you want a story about magic there's Harry Potter. But if you're looking for a messy and strangely boring combination of those rolled up with hints of Roald Dahl and some unfortunate similarity to Susanna Clarke's 'Johathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' then this is your book. It's certainly more mash-up than original novel.
And one other observation: Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter audio books was excellent, but he is the wrong reader here. I believe that in a conscious effort not to reuse HP voices he ended up with a set of voices that were both uninteresting and too similar to each other. And in any case. I think 'The Night Circus' might have benefited from a female reader.
fun, fantasy circus
I love books with imagination. I would love to visit this circus. I am still thinking about it.
If you can't imagine all sorts of new things, think out of the box or love with all you mind and soul, move on to your small town books. This one is for those who love to invent and soar to new places with no bounds. Go for it and enjoy!!
After reading some of the reviews, I doubted I would like it.However, I adore listening to Jim Dale and think he could read a catalog and it would be an excellent listen.
Anyway, I went into this book not expecting much. However, it was a wonderful book that a delight for all 5 senses. It was a mastery of words but without overdoing the descriptions into tedium. The beauty of the story was in its subtlety. The author didn't try to bang you over the head with what you needed to know about the characters, plot, etc...rather it is a dance in which you must be an active participant by engaging your brain.
If you prefer heart pounding action, gore, lots of sex, or easily digestible material, this book is not for you.
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