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The Night Circus | [Erin Morgenstern]

The Night Circus

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sarah Amherst, MA, United States 11-15-11
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    "Startlingly beautiful"

    This is an amazing book, a fantasy and much, much more. I had never heard of the book or the author when I listened to it, and I was puzzled that I had never heard of it before. In college, I wolfed down books, and am still an avid reader at the age of 74. I was certain this moving, unusual, brilliant book was a classic I hadn't heard of before. I thought maybe I should ask for my money back from Wellesley College, my Alma Mater, as they had failed to educate me properly. I'm also a published writer (mystery stories) and have a pretty good ear for language. "Night Circus" is, to put it simply, one of the most beautifully written books I've read. The writing is evocative and lovely. To read it is like falling into a dream. Congratulations and blessings, Erin Morgenstern. Just keep going.

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    juli Hamilton, ON, Canada 11-14-11
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    I was utterly enchanted by this audiobook. The tale, itself. The voice acting. The mood. Everything. I'll certainly be listening again, and have been recommending either the audio version, or the printed one, to my friends.

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    Patricia Markesan, WI, United States 11-14-11
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    "One of the better ones"

    This book although 14 hours long went extremely quick. I especially enjoyed the stories of the twins. Quiet fascinating really!

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    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 11-14-11
    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Well worth a credit and more!! Look no further!"

    I was lonely for two days after this book ended!It is a richly woven tale of intrigue and wonderment.Attention to detail paints a vivid world I wish I could visit...the circus! Nothing like I've ever read.Beautifully done.You can not go wrong with this book!

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    Janis Finan 11-14-11
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    I LOVED this book! I never write reveiws, but i had to for this unique and beautiful book. And the narrator is fantastic. I will listen to this again to savor it.

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    "One of the best magical books!"

    This is up there with Harry Potter! I loved it from the start! I am hoping for more from Erin!
    It was a perfect blend of story and magic.

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    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11
    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Magical Listen"

    You must suspend your disbelief to truly enjoy this book. It's much different than anything I've read (either via audible or print book), and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The writing is superb, the characters well developed, and the plot facinating. A must read !

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    patrice United States 11-12-11
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    "What creative vision!"

    The concept and execution of this book is so refreshing and original. The characters are so alive and believable in such a fantasy setting. I will be searching for more from Erin Morgenstern.

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    "Stunning story, sometimes disappointing narration"

    I was absolutely entranced by this story. The author evokes such lush settings, fantastical events, and characters I fell in love with. I'd be a "reveur" and follow this circus in a heartbeat! I was excited when I learned that Jim Dale was narrating. After all, he brilliantly brought a huge cast of characters to life in Harry Potter. There were some scenes -- especially the love scenes -- which were beautifully, sensitively narrated. I was melting. I didn't enjoy his voicing of a number of the female characters, however, especially Poppet. She's a young girl, not an old raspy washer woman! It's still worth the sometimes frustrating narration, though (and I agree that I was reminded more than once of Ron or Hermione) for the chance to float away on the dream of this novel. It has to be made into a movie -- so cinematic in its descriptions and magical settings and events.

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    "Wonderous, wonderful!"

    This is such a lovely audiobook...a wonderous, magical story, narrated by the epitome of the circus. The writing is rich, Jim Dale is fabulous...I am 3/4 of the way through and am dreading getting to the end!

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