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)
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
Loved this book! The story was excellent: unexpected turns and twists; interesting characters; fantastical but believable.
Had I not been doing other things when listening, I most likely would have not finished this book.
Not likely, this one really did not hold my interest.
Loved his accent, gave the book a more European feel and since the book was set in Europe that made it more enjoyable.
Got so mired down in details that the author forgot to write the story. Premis was very cool but didn't deliver. wanted it to work but finally just quit listening.
I absolutely loved this book. The story was riveting, the characters were dimensional and fascinating, and the story telling was absolutely amazing. I have recommended it to anyone who asks.
I liked the mystery-fantasy aspect of the store. I did not like how fluffy, random yet contrived it was.
It was kinda boring and took too long to set up.
not really for me
Could have been a visually-stunning movie, unfortunately it is a book, black and white. The characters seems to be rather mundane, one-dimentiional (mysterious). The plot started off weak (with the same one-dimentiional theme), it slowly built up however all crumbled to nothing which is rather a big disappointment. Certainly not a book for everyone, thought I think this would made a visually magnificent movie.
First off I bought this because Jim Dale narrated and I love how he reads a book, this was not a disappointment, he is wonderful. I really liked this book, kind of a fantasy for adults, it was refreshing to have to go a little deeper. I would have loved to have my teens read this but there was one part that I was concerned about, I dont know might still let them. The good messages outweigh. but all in all great book, kind I didnt want to turn off.
I was glad to have chosen this book - the story synopsis was a bit odd, but I liked Jim Dale's reading in the Harry Potter series and took a chance. The Night Circus jumps back and forth in time, weaving a complex story that keeps you guessing until the end. Strong characters, a fascinating plot, and an excellent performance by Mr. Dale. Highly recommended!
All around Wonderful!
The discriptions of the insides of the tents.
The ending, it didn't let you down.
I wouldn't want to listen to it all in one sitting because I wanted it to last and the imagery to last.
The narrator, Jim Dale of Harry Potter, made this listen perfect. His reading made the book that much more magical.
It took me a little while to catch on to the time shifts - pay attention to those. Once the rhythm and cadence of the story catches you, it's easy to see the characters in their world. I listen to very few books a second time, and would seriously consider relistening to Night Circus.
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