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Erin Morgenstern
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Book Description

24 May 2012

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099554798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099554790
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (930 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339 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.

http://erinmorgenstern.com
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"This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for" (Audrey Niffenegger)

"The only response to this novel is simply: wow. It is a breathtaking feat of imagination, a flight of fancy that pulls you in and wraps you up in its spell" (The Times)

"Enchanting ... I was compelled by the world itself - by its saturated colours and textures, its unexpected smells and tastes. It is - a surprisingly rare thing in fiction - a strikingly beautiful world, in spite of its darkness" (Claire Messud Guardian)

"A riveting debut. The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it" (Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife)

"Dark and dreamy; a captivating love story" (Stylist)

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Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 - a feast for the senses, a fantasia of magic, mischief and love, The Night Circus is an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality that will dazzle readers young and old.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but a good read nevertheless. 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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187 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Captivating 5 Oct 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Oct 2013
By Steph
Format:Paperback
I was recommended this book and on reading the description thought it sounded very promising. I agree with other reviews that the descriptions of the circus were magical however they got rather repetitive after a while. There was little story and most of the characters were uninspiring. The story jumped around so much it was confusing and didn't really flow. Towards the end of the book I was just bored and skipping paragraphs to get to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A marmite sort of book 24 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This a book you will either love, or hate. I'm afraid I hated it - although people in my book club absolutely loved it. It has a mysterious, fantasy, fairy-tale feel to it which I didn't engage with it. Friends found the characters enchanting, I found them cyphers and two-dimensional.
It is set in a fantastical circus and follows the story of several of the performers so if that sort of thing appeals I hope you will enjoy it s much as my friends did.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Right Up! 15 Sep 2011
By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not."

So our story begins - the circus just appearing out of the ether as did my advance review copy of this debut novel, much to my delight. The UK edition looks stunning with black edged paper and end papers illustrated with a pattern of bowlers and top hats. This is a feast for the eyes which is perhaps not surprising as the author is an artist but will the inside match the luxurious facade?

This is an odd review for me as, amid all my oohing and ahhing, I was all too aware of how some of my bookish friends would absolutely hate this book and would be cringing from the opening pages. So, best to get that elephant out of the room before I go any further! If you don't like magical realism, if you're not a fan of meandering narratives, if you prefer action, if you don't like novels written in the present tense, if you don't like fantasy then there's nothing for you here. However, if, like me, you do like a bit of escapism, you like to slip into another world, if you enjoy visual stimulation, then step right up!

The story is perhaps the least important element of The Night Circus, that role being reserved for the circus itself but yes, there is an underlying narrative, the story of two gifted young illusionists, Celia and Marco, being pitted against each other in a lengthy battle the rules of which are vague. Le Cirque de Reves (the Circus of Dreams) is the battlefield and it soon attracts a faithful following of "reveurs" (dreamers) who follow its progress from town to town, continent to continent by means of a shadowy underground movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just start it because you won't be able to stop!!
This book is intricate and detailed, helping you really see true wonders of the night circus. Although the main storyline follows the entwined lives of magicians, Celia and Marco,... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Libby Hawken
5.0 out of 5 stars the descriptions of the night circus are beautiful. I just want to go...
I just adore this book, the descriptions of the night circus are beautiful. I just want to go and see it for myself.
Published 3 days ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly charming story
I’ll keep it succinct: this truly is a beautifully written story and has become one of my favourite books. Charming, bewitching and magical are all words that spring to mind. Read more
Published 4 days ago by S. E. Taylor
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Published 4 days ago by Ann Baigent
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100% satisfied with this product! I came the day after i order it. so exited to read it
Published 5 days ago by carl tubby
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastically odd.
This is a book that does exactly what books are supposed to do, but few achieve. The Night Circus creates a mesmerising other world, throws you headlong into it 'The circus arrives... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Shirley Ramone
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to the very end - and then wished there was more!
Hands down one of the best books I've read in a long time!

The story is so imaginative! The characters are quirky and instantly likeable, the descriptions so vivid I... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ciara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, original storyline.
Published 12 days ago by Lynne Mandle
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magical tale
Oh what a refreshing story! This tale was both wonderfully convoluted yet almost childlike in its exuberance. Do read it!
Published 12 days ago by mofa
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Great story. But bad quality book all the pages came out...!
Published 12 days ago by Ayisha Muhashash
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