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)
Morgenstern paints with words, animates in deep relatedness. Night Circus is delicious, exquisite word weaving. I haven't experienced anything this in years. Mystery, romance, suspense and incredible storytelling.
Baily, forced into the story on a dare from his insensitive sister, becomes as involuntarily love driven to the heart of the circus as everyone else - an archtypical hero skillfully plucked from the mundane - embraces the waning lifeforce offered him and steps into his destiny.
Dale seems to understand exactly how and when to use his voice to move from scene to scene, character to character, mood to mood and executes a flawless performance.
OMG this kid can really write ! ! !
well that's how i'm subjecting my e mails to friends. why would i want to rename this work when the name fits like a small white glove?
read and listen to this work. it's astounding
I would have much less jumping around. It's difficult to follow when you are listening to a story as opposed to reading or watching it. I'd also pick up the pace a little bit
I'd check the length first.
James Dale's perfornamce was fine.
The performance time was the main issue. Even driving from Southern California to Northern Idaho wasn't enougn time to devote to the story. Its slow development and convoluted story made it difficult to follow, let alone become invested with the characters. This led to listening to other storys instead.
It's not that often I give up on a book but this one is going into that category. It's just too long and boring. I have other things to do and listen to and not spend my listening time on a book that doesn't develop into anything. The premise sounded promising but it never materialized into a story I am interested in.
Yes, because I enjoyed the narrator and setting very much but I found the plot weak and slow to develop.
There needed to be a better defined climax.
Poppet, Widget, The Man in the Grey Suit, Chandresh, Tsukiko, Herr Friedrick Thiessen
When Herr Thiessen was assassinated, I wept for him.
This was a beautifully narrated story with a rich and magical plot. The surrounding characters were fascinating and well developed but the principle plot between the aging illusionists, Prospero and The Man in the Grey Suit as well as the love story between Celia and Marco were secondary and poorly developed.It was an enjoyable listen mostly due the the enchanting narration performed by Jim Dale.
The story started slowly but picked up an hour or so into the tale. Stick around and you will enjoy the magical imagery.
I would recommend the book but not the audiobook. The story's very slow and uneventful to keep the reader's interest while listening to it. Along with the narrator's grandfatherish voice, I was constantly losing my focus after 5 mins. However, someone gave me the hardback as a Christmas present and I really, really liked it!
See above: grandfatherish voice that would be better suited to a fast paced and adventure/suspense filled story. This was very slow and along with the narrator's slow, heavy voice, put me to sleep each and every time. And why he kept reading the french words with neither a french, nor an english or american accept, is beyond me.
I really suggest buying this as a book, not audiobook. The descriptions, transitions in time from chapter to chapter and quality writing, are much easier to appreciate in that medium. Still, I don't believe this is the masterpiece it's tuted to be; the plot is too weak to make up for any other redeeming qualities it might have.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
Someone that doesnt mind long drawn out books.
No way. Certain words and phrases were way too repetitive.
Please don't waste your money. This book took forever to get through. I kept on hoping for it to get better and it never did.
This was a lovely fantasy that was both unpredictable as ethereal. Although it got a little melodramatic for short period, it held up beautifully other wise.
Yes, the book is well written. It has a great story line.
The character are very realistic and easy to relate to.
He puts a voice to each of the characters. When you read the book you don't get to experience the changes is expression in the characters voices.
I listened to this book when ever I could. It took be about three days to listen to it start to finish. I loved it so much I listened to it again right after finishing it.
I highly recommend this book.
...but Jim Dale's narration is incredible. I have listened to perhaps 75 books on tape and his is by far the best. He makes the book truly come alive as you listen.
Great book well read--who could ask for more?
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