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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (13 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068H72HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,002 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,811,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She has a degree in Theatre from Smith College, an ever-growing collection of jewelry made from skeleton keys, and a cat on her lap. She lives in Massachusetts. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is her first novel.

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199 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes a book comes along that will captivate you from the very first page and doesn't let go until you've finished reading it, for me The Night Circus was one of those books. In fact, when I reached the end I was very tempted to turn back to the first page and start reading it again. This has to be the most impressive debut I've read in a long time and I can't wait to see what Erin Morgenstern comes up with next, she has a rich imagination and a beautiful writing style that I'm sure will only improve in future books.

The story of The Night Circus begins with two magicians who both have different ideas on the best way to train an apprentice in the art of magic. They agree to a challenge and decide to pit their trainees against each other in a game that will take years to complete, a challenge that only one of them will survive. Le Cirque des Reves (The Circus of Dreams) becomes the setting for his duel with Celia and Marco the unwitting pawns in the game with neither of them knowing the rules or even who their opponent is. The plot meanders towards the finish line but this book is all about the journey, the circus itself is a wonderful place to spend time in and is so beautifully described that it's like you're really there. You can see the acrobats and illusionists, you'll smell and taste the popcorn and caramel, you will walk through the labyrinth, spend time in the ice garden and possibly even make a wish at the wishing tree. I don't think I've ever been so fully transported into another world.

The circus wouldn't be the same without it's fantastic cast of characters, everyone from the performers to the reveurs (people who are so captivated by the circus that they follow it from town to town) have their role to play.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 29 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘Night Circus' is the first book of writer and artist Erin Morgenstern. Immediately after the publication of the book, it became a bestseller in as many as 30 countries where the rights for the book were purchased to be translated. In addition, Summit Entertainment has bought the movie rights, so we can expect that the book will soon come to life on the big screen.

The plot of the book begins with the circus. Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) came without notice. Their black-and-white tents were hiding surprises that are breathtaking and offer entertainment from dusk till dawn. However, the circus is just a cover for the arena in which a duel takes place between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. For the game they were whole life preparing by their teachers the circus will be used as a stage, and the winner will be the one that survives. But there is one small detail that no one counted, and it was the love between Marco and Celia. But despite their feelings the game must go on – because on the final game outcome will depend the fate of all members of the circus.

Reading this novel it is certainly evident that Erin Morgenstern is equally writer and artist. The book is primarily a series of descriptions, images that perfectly blend into a unified whole. Descriptions are incredible, real and alive, and while a book is read a reader can almost hear the applause and the feel the smell of caramel. The author in an interview said that the book was created because she began to write a story that has become boring, and in order to make it interesting she sent characters to the circus. As the circus became a lot more interesting to her, a story about it began. And being the best part of the book, the circus is also its greatest flaw.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Burning Amnesia on 24 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
There are some great concepts in here, along with a few elements that could have made this a classic modern novel. However, it kind of peters out two thirds of the way through; never reaching any kind of apex, although all the indicators that it was coming were there. In a way it reminded me of listening to one of REM's lesser known numbers; the song keeps building up to that rock out moment which never arrives.

I also felt that a good few of the more dramatic moments were a bit heavy-handed and tended to come across in an almost soap opera like way; specifically, I found myself nearly rolling my eyes during some of the romantic subplot. Although, that might have just been my own cynical attitude coming through and not the writing.

All in all, The Night Circus is worth a read and I'm glad I picked it up. As I said before, some of the ideas are superb and there's enough going on to keep you interested, but it's by no means a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mikayla on 11 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I bought this book, I thought it looked and sounded fascinating. I thought it would have surprised me, but was mildly disappointed. I think this was because this was mainly because every chapter whisked me away to a different time or place, making it difficult to keep up with what was meant to be happening. Though I do understand that may have been a point to this (the circus also keeps moving), but I didn't like it.

The premise of this book is intriguing. The writing skills and descriptions are there, but I was finding myself being distracted by everything but the story. This is why I took so long reading a book that would take me 4 days rather than 9.

There was only a few chapters and characters that were interesting to me. For example, Reveurs (p 174) was magical. It grabbed me, had me enthralled and took me on a ride.

Skipping ahead though (by a lot) I did love the last chapter, and not because it was the last chapter. It was because it wasn't drawn out and was slightly more to the point than most of the book.Though the end does make me feel melancholy.

There was one particular character that had my attention other than the clockmaker, and that was Bailey. His chapters caught my eye as some of the best in the book. Especially with Poppet and Widget (p 339). They just seem very well done. Apart from those characters I didn't really care for a lot of the characters.

Perhaps If I'd read this book in another time and place, It may have had a different impact and wouldn't have felt to flat.

If candy floss were a book, this would be it- sweet and looks promising, but has not substance. I unfortunately can;t give this book more than 3 stars.
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