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The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)

The Night Circus (Vintage Magic) [Kindle Edition]

Erin Morgenstern
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'lush, evocative, dreamlike prose, with all the sights and scents of the circus... Morgenstern's writing, when it comes to magical creations, is delectable, addictive stuff ... The Night Circus is an accomplished and refreshingly unusual debut, which leaves a tang of smoky caramel in the air as it ends, and an undeniable urge to go to the circus.' --The Sunday Times

`Set at the turn of the 19th century, The Night Circus follows this travelling circus and its cast of acrobats, contortionists, snake-charmers and fortune-tellers, In its big tops most tricks are just that; sleights of hand and feats of skill. But the real story lies in those which are not. Behind the illusions of two young magicians, Celia and Marco, genuine magic is being performed... It's a great concept drawing on a fabulous tradition. From the writings of Dickens to the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec, to Angela Carter's masterpiece, Nights at the Circus, the big top has been a source of continual fascination, tapped for its inherent romance, childhood sense of wonder, constrained anarchism and latent sexuality ... roll up, roll up, the circus is in town.' --Seven

`This must be one of the most beautiful novels of the year. Its die-cut cover, black-edged pages and intricate endpapers attest to the publisher's hopes that Erin Morgenstern's magically minded debut will secure the vast audience left bereft by the conclusion of the Harry Potter chronicles.' --The Observer

`It's full of love, magic and perilous rivalry, as two enchanters compete in a mysterious fin-de-siecle showdown. An astonishingly deft triumph of imagination that's painted with captivating realism'. --Easy Living

"An extraordinary blend of dream and nightmare will take you on a magical journey." --Red Magazine

'this tale of two magicians who fall in love is being touted as the new Harry Potter - and the event book of the year.' --Grazia

'Extraordinary, atmospheric, mind-spinning story.' --Woman and Home

'Crackling with sensual storytelling, this transports you to the many tents of Les Cirque des Reves.... what is extraordinary about this book is how the rhythm of the writing itself enchants the reader.' --Sainsbury Magazine


A "Globe and Mail" Best Book
"A book that stops you in your tracks, a book [that]... tears you open and leaves you gasping.... A book that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and that has you picking up the phone or sending a text to tell everyone you know, 'You have to read this.'... One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again.... The Night Circus welcomes all visitors."
--"The Globe and Mail"
"It's a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits."
--"National Post"
"Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing. Morgenstern - in much the same way as her cast of magicians and performers might - builds a fantastic creation out of words and spells and ink and paper and the power of imagination. And like her colorful characters, she's not dealing in illusions and sleight of hand. This is real magic."
--"The Seattle Times"
"So should you read Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus? The short answer: Yes. The book is engaging and magical, entrancing the reader every step of the way."
--"The Huffington Post"
..".deliciously inventive..."
--"The Scotsman"
"Read The Night Circus and be mystified, finish it, as breathless as an aerialist, and you'll want to start again... you won't want to miss this amazing book."
--"The Missourian"
"With a showman's flourish in an opening paragraph, author Morgenstern invites readers into a mesmerizing 19th-century world where everything and nothing is real, and even the characters don't know the difference. There are shivers here, as well as a story of betrayal, mistrust, love and horrifying secrets. I was captivated by this darkly stunning debut novel from an author who bears watching, and there's no way you should miss it, either. So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and be amazed at what you'll find between these fiendish covers. For you, The Night

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Captivating 5 Oct 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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 TOP 50 REVIEWER
‘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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but a good read nevertheless. 24 Jan 2013
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expecting ! 11 Oct 2014
By mikayla
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what an intriguing story. set in our world but not quite.
Published 5 days ago by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short
I'm a mid-20s male and probably not the target audience. Loved in none-the-less. The ending seemed very rushed though and brought an abrupt end to the magic
Published 8 days ago by J Lye
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical as the circus
An excellent story that mixes the whimsy, compassion and mystical themes expertly. Two magicians duke it out in a circus, the contest rules seem unclear and as both add impossible... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I didn't enjoy this book, it was far too long winded and virtually plotless and I found myself repeatedly getting bored with it. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it although my logical mind found some parts hard ...
I don't usually read fantasy books but After recommendation from a book club member ,enjoyed it although my logical mind found some parts hard to engage in
Published 13 days ago by lizzyp
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and magical
once I started the story swept me up into its world and I was transported becoming sad to see how little story was left I didn't want it to end or to leave... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ben Upson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Really badly written, huge plot holes and loses momentum a third of the way through. Disappointing.
Published 17 days ago by Hetty
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