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)
Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle"
No, I think I prefer the print version.
This book is unique and creative. I've never read anything like it! I would suggest this book if you love Cirque do Soleil and the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. The descriptions of the different tents are like jewels or some kind of amazing chocolate that you want to read again and again!
I think he was the wrong reader for this book. He only does three voices and they are always variations on a wheezy sounding older West Country British voice or a Scottish one. He didn't even try to do the appropriate accents for the characters and his voice always sounds worried for some reason, even in the scenes that shouldn't have been in that tone.
I think a better choice would have been to pick a young American woman to read, after all the main character Celia Bowen is a young American woman from New York. Bailey is from Conchord, Massecheutts. Chandresh LeFeve is French, Madam Padva is Russian and Sukiko is Japanese. The only character who should definitely sound British is Marco.But he should be read by a younger person, being young too, and he grows up in London. Dale doesn't even do a proper Londoner accent. I have no idea why he chose to read the Murray twins with thick Scottish accents other than the fact that they are described as having red hair!
I think a truly gifted voice actor could have a lot of fun with these different voices. Another solution would be to use two voice actors, one female for Celia and one male for Marco and Bailey. I often found Dale's voice distracting, especially when he read for the female characters .
I think he was just chosen because of his association with the Harry Potter books which also contain "magical" subject matter.
There were so many wonderful scenes it is hard to pick just one! The part when Marco and Celia were dancing and he was wearing a green mossy colour and it started to creep into the colour of her dress until they were both the same colour was fantastic. All the descriptions of the different tents and the food were wonderful too. I loved the parts with Frederich Tiesen and revers and the making of the clocks and Celia's early lessons in the magic arts with her father. It was all such a beautiful, magical experience. The themes expounded upon in the novel show a rich understanding of the human heart and a great generosity of spirit. After reading this book, you feel like you would like to know the author just to find out who could come up with something so wonderful! I truly believe that the best writers put something beautiful into the world and this book is all about characters trying to put out something new and lovely into the world despite their circumstances. I love how Marco and Celia transform what is a cruel battle of the wills set in motion by their respective teachers into an occasion to make marvels that add magic and wonder to people's lives. I think everyone should experience this book, especially if they are a fan of circuses and magic and wish to awaken the sense of wonder inside themselves.
Yes! I have listened to this story countless times now. It gets better every time. The writing is lyrical, the characters are engaging, the story is unique, and the narration is, of course, exquisite.
The whole book is filled with magic and wonder. It really takes you to another, much more enchanting place.
He is one of my favorite narrators. If there is anyone who can truly make a story and its characters come to life, it is Jim Dale. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't adore this narration.
Poppet. She was my favorite character. Everything about her and her brother made me smile. Such vibrant characters!
If you are considering getting this audiobook, just do it. Really. It is a very unique book and is something you will likely listen to more than once, as I have.
I loved this book. 4.5 stars. The descriptions were so intricate, detailed and vibrant. I always felt like I was right there in the room with the characters, experiencing all of the beautiful sights, and hearing the sounds of the circus, smelling the caramel popcorn, and even feeling the rustle of fabric. I also really enjoyed the story itself, but wish I hadn't read the summary, which I think gives away some of the story that doesn't even occur until about halfway through the book. This audiobook is narrated by Jim Dale (who narrated the Harry Potter series, among others), so without question I highly recommend it because Dale is, as always exceptional. The only problem with the audiobook, for me, was that the book jumps around in time and that sometimes made it difficult for me to keep track of "when" we were in time. If I were reading the book, l could have just flipped back to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself what month and year it was. With the audiobook, I didn't know to pay such close attention to the dates until later, after I'd already lost track of the timing of some of the earlier parts. But maybe that's just me. Overall, a wonderful read or listen for anyone who loves fantasy that coincides with the real world.
I love the mystery, creativity and magic that unfolded as the story progressed.
I loved all the characters he performed. He's wonderful!
It is rare that I find a book so completely satisfying.
Great story and narrative. I hadn't enjoyed a fiction/fantasy book like this in a while. Definitely worth my credit.
Harry Potter, probably mostly because of Jim Dale.
The chapters about the circus opening night.
Several times, especially when it talked about the twins.
REALLY didn't like this book. So many people had recommended it that I had to read it. I know I'm not a fan of fantasy, and I should have known that I wouldn't be a fan of this book either. Note to self: Don't read fantasy - You'll hate it and feel like you completely wasted valuable time!
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because although the story draws you in throughout the first half of the book, I began to lose interest as the story moved through the second half.
I can't think of any that I would compare the book to. The descriptions were beautiful and the characters were beautifully developed in the first half. Yet, for me, the fantasy became too inconceivable and, therefore, I lost interest.
My favorite scene was when one of the male protagonists was up in a tree with his sister watching the night circus and he was given the dare.
No, this book does not need a follow-up. It was a bit too long as it was.
Everything. There was a poetry to the story that was spellbinding, thanks in no small part to the masterful narration by Jim Dale. This book was definitely a treat in audiobook form.
I loved the first meeting of the two main characters.
Hard to choose, but I will say this: Jim Dale does a good job with the women's voices. He doesn't try to sound overly feminine - which in my opinion is rarely (if ever) truly successful.
A delightful read for one and all, but especially if you are an adult, or YA reader who loved Harry Potter and similarly-themed novels. The narration really lends it's self to the mystery and magic of this gem of a book.
Yes, it is complex and filled with all of the elements of a great story: developed characters, inner conflict, forbidden love and magic.
Not especially, never really engaged me
Too fantastical for me.
the performance was fine, it was the content I didn't enjoy !
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