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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

Critic Reviews

"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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my new favorite!!

loved every second of this book, didn't want it to end!!! can't wait for more!

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Waste o time

Don't waste your time!! I dislike very few books but this is one of them. No point to the story

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Magical

Enchanting story with fabulous narration. Although there are many characters, the way they all weave together is magical.

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one of jim dales best performances

the descriptions in this book are amazing, especially told through the voice of jim dale. sadly i do not think I'll ever find a circus like this one.

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  • robert
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 01-26-16

Night Circus for Insomniacs

This book should have been 6 instead of thirteen hours. The ponderous descriptions were redundant. The narrator succeeded in making a young girl sound like an old man and was unable to find more than three distinctive voices. Celia's voice changes throughout the book. Overall very average

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A Dreamy Mystery

This book is captivating. it draws on nostalgic sensory from childhood that so many people have when visiting magic shows or even the Farmers Market/Carnival/Fair/Circus. the author takes those senses and blends them with the much deeper, more enticing feelings of curiosity, love, fear and a reasonable amount of disdain. the ending is misleading enough to feel that Ms. Morgenstern was not rushed to finish writing the book so much so that the anticipation was high until the last word was read. this is a very palpable book with a rich story that should not be avoided.

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Whimsical setting but storyline was average.

The setting is interesting; a night circus of magic. It reminds me of the anime series Kaleido Star. The problem I have with this book is that the characters are often too one dimensional and predictable, and too goody goody in many ways. I also felt the romance was too cheesy. Overall, it is good to pass time during a commute, but I don't feel the storyline was amazing. The voice acting was fine.

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deep

Absolutely enthralled and relatedness to the story and life's questions. enjoyed thoroughly the deepness of poetic words brought to life

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Love this book

What did you love best about The Night Circus?

What i loved most about this book was everything!! The way she wrote the book is amazing. She puts so much little detail into every scene but none of the boring details. It keeps you wanting to rea more

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

It's hard to say what was the most memorable moment but the first sentence and the last are the same. I like the way she wrapped up the book. You leave sad because it's over but satisfied about the story.

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim Dale just brought the book to life i guess thats all i can say about him. He did a great job.

If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

If i could bring any character out to dinner i would bring the Poppet and Widget or Tsukiko they are silent watchers of the two book and i think their perspective on it all would be cool. Plus they would be interesting people.

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Intriguing and magical!

This book was so captivating from the start!! Was obsessed with finishing it so I could find out what happened next!! Great storyline and the Great Jim Dale made it even better!