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  • Hardcover: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books; First Edition edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385534639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385534635
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,656,867 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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"This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for"

"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" (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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A special Halloween edition of Erin Morgenstern's bestselling novel. Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, The Night Circus is a feast for the senses, a fantasia of magic, mischief and love, an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality that will dazzle readers young and old --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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214 of 224 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 Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2012
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There is nothing i can say about The Night Circus that other 5 star reviewers have not already said, but nonetheless feel a need to add my appreciation of this fantastical, immersive book to the rest of the songs of praise and delight.

If you like the darkly glittering world of the magic realism of adult myth and magic a la Angela Carter, chances are this first book (alas, there are no more to read, as yet!) by Erin Morgenstern will snap you into its beautifully formed world and not let go.

As I read this period late Victorian story with shifting time scales and locations, a story of two rival magicians, one working from the outside in, and one from the inside out, to dislocate reality, I was reminded of Carter, of Prospero's fantastic island (one magician is indeed called Prospero the Enchanter - though his daughter firmly resists being called Miranda), but also, increasingly of the fantastical, dreamy, yet perfectly physicalised world of Coleridge's poetic fragment.

This is a world to wonder at, delight in, and even more, to yearn to find. Morgenstern describes the phyysical world of the circus in precise and sumptuous detail, so it feels as if it must be real.

Her story, in many ways, is a simple one - two professional opponents engaged in a game and conflict against each other, stopping at nothing to win. However, the opponents are magicians, disguising what they do as 'stage magic' and illusion, though in fact, this is glittering magick - think Christopher Priest The Prestige (GOLLANCZ S.F.), though with a feminine, more sensual and delicate sensibility.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ME on 25 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Sometimes, once in a while, you will pick up a book on a whim and it will work its way so thoroughly into your heart you won't understand how you went so long without.

The Night Circus is such a book. I promise you it will weave its way into your thoughts and dreams. It is one of the most lyrical books I have ever read. The prose is so beautiful and the whole book has a wonderfully dreamlike quality. I don't want to talk to much about the plot or the characters because Morgenstern introduces both so perfectly and delicately that to give you a synopsis would ruin it. So I'm going to need you to go on a little faith here from one book lover to another. This is a novel worth every page. I defy you not to become a rêveur yourself by the end. You'll understand what I mean.

This a book waiting to be fallen in love with and re-read over and over again.
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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2011
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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