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)
This ranks in the middle. Does not stick out as anything special.
I have not listened to any of her books.
I just love listening to Jim's voice! Although the Harry Potter books are amazing alone, they were enhanced by having Jim read them. I actually searched for books he read and that is how I decided to buy The Night Circus.
I have no idea...?
I was not sure about this book and while it was pretty good, it was nothing special that captivated my interest. I generally listen to books on my Kindle while I drive places. This book didn't pull me into the story line and I delayed listening to it because I didn't feel tied to the characters. I'm not sure if that's because this is a 13+ hour book or because the story bounced between characters and dates. Not sure if reading this as an ebook would have resulted in a different opinion?
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Entertaining and intriguing, this book is great entertainment, if a bit predictable. The writing is excellent, the story is heartening, and the narration spectacular. My problem was I was such a fan of Jim Dale's Harry Potter performances, and listened to them so often, I would think I was hearing Dumbledore or Ron Weasley rather than A.H. or Marco! This novel is the start of what I think will be a major writing career.
You will enjoy this book, and I'm REALLY looking forward to the next one.
I have not read the print version.
It is not like any other book that I have ever read.
The Night Circus is perfect.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Straight scoop: 95% of the book is about describing all the "wonderful" tents in the circus which only leaves 5% dedicated to an actual story and that story itself is long and dragged out.
The descriptive narrative of the story.
His pacing and vocal quality.
Chloe, she is multifaceted.
Wonderful display of methafores. Celia and Marco connection and relationship is pure magic. Jim Dale as the narrador also a major plus.
I really wanted to like this book but gave up on it about halfway through when I realized absolutely nothing was happening. Lots and lots (and lots) of descriptions about a truly unique circus, but I found I didn't give two beans about any of the characters and had only a vague idea about the contest, how it worked or why it was so important. It seemed to me that each chapter was just a description of the circus in one way or another, no plot to speak of. Characters are introduced, but don't ever seem to fit into the plot in any way except as a method for providing a point-of-view through which to view the main character in the story: the circus.
Its not the most captivating book and the characters took to long to develop. It lacked the exciting aspect of mystical thriller drama and I sadly turned it off half way through and started reading a novel. Maybe next time Erin. Or perhaps its just me and I don't get what you were trying to accomplish. None the less, hats of for getting it published and so much attention at the national level.
The author is so adept at evoking the sensory pleasures of the circus you can practically smell the popcorn and caramel. The plot, two lovers pitted against one another in a magical challenge over the course of decades with the circus as a venue, unfolds very slowly and does plod a bit at times, thus I've given it 4 stars and not 5.
The narration by Jim Dale is superlative. Each character is distinctive and I was never at any loss to discern who was speaking and each one sounded "true" and unaffected.
I got so excited at how good this book is when I started listening that I forgot what it was saying and I had to rewind it. She has an imagination in the leagues of J.K. Rowling, which is obviously saying a lot. Actually, she sort of has the same sense of humor too. You know, I think J.K. Rowling secretly wrote another story under someone else's name and picture. The fact that Jim Dale reads it adds to this illusion I am sure. Hoping the story holds up. Will update later.
Later: I'm giving it five stars because I loved every minute of it. However, since I started off by comparing it to the likes of Harry Potter, I feel I should finish in that vein. The fantastical, imaginative elements hold up till the end and remained just as impressive to me as those found in the Potter universe. The story? In comparison, I would have to admit it lacks substance. It would sort of be the equivalent of the Harry Potter books being mostly a tour through Hogwarts, discovering every little nook and cranny and just having an exploration of the senses (only in this story it's a circus). I'm not saying there's not a story, because there is. And it held my interest. What I felt it lacked was high stakes. It had the potential to have the conflict of Harry Potter or even Hunger Games, but you never really felt the urgency of it. You were certainly curious how it would play out, but it just didn't have that gripping quality I felt it could have had. Still, it was highly enjoyable, and I would very much recommend it for those who love magical things, or the circus, or Jim Dale :).
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