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The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)

The Night Circus (Vintage Magic) [Kindle Edition]

Erin Morgenstern
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099554798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099554790
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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175 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Captivating 5 Oct 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 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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7 of 7 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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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike and gorgeous, but flawed 1 Dec 2011
I struggled to decide how many stars to give this book. On the one hand, I loved it. On the other, it fails as a story.

This is a story about the proteges of two magicians, bound by their mentors to play a mysterious game against each other. The playing area for the game is the Cirque des Reves - a circus which arrives and departs with no warning and only opens at night. Everything within the circus is black, white or shades of grey. There are acrobats, contortionists, big cat tamers, each the best of their kind, and a bonfire that burns pure white and never goes out. In one tent an illusionist - Celia, one of the players in the game - carries out impossible feats. In another a fortune teller (the lover of the other player, Marco) reads the cards for visitors. The circus is the brainchild of a group of eccentric and creative people who meet for wonderfully-described Midnight Dinners to plan it, but who find themselves unable to escape the pull of the dreamlike world they have created. As the circus travels, new tents appear, with Marco and Celia building tents for each other. They must play against each other, but they each are drawn to the mystery and beauty of each other's work, and eventually to each other.

If you read this book, it should be for the magical world of the circus. You feel as though you are really there, wandering through the circus, peering into the tents. You can feel the chilly night air, smell the smoke from the bonfire and taste the caramel apples. The short descriptions of individual tents scattered between the chapters are marvellous (the Pool of Tears, in particular, sticks in my mind).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing. 12 Sep 2013
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The summary of the book really engaged me yet I was majorly disappointed when I began reading it. Not as interesting as it sounds and at times, downright mundane. Yes, the descriptions can be lovely but the main characters are very under-developed when compared with the background characters who are much more interesting.

I would not recommend it.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best debut of 2011! 15 Sep 2011
Lucky enough to have read a proof copy of this title some weeks ago, I've been itching to tell you how good it is! If you want to be swept away then 'The Night Circus' will certainly snatch your imagination and take you on the most incrdible journey. Captivating and dreamlike, the tiny chapters will tempt you for hours on end.

I was seduced completely by the magic, the intrigue, the characters (none more impressive than the circus itself), the converging timelines of the plot, and a mix of chill air, caramel popcorn smells, dancing kittens, and the flap of black and white canvas. I read a lot, but its rare to find a book this special. Some books feel like more than books. Some books have jackets that may as well be false doors in the back of dusty old wardrobes, the way that they can instantly transport you to someplace magical. This is such a book.

Mooted to appeal to the Twilight generation (although this is much, much better) or even 'Harry Potter for grown ups', with film rights already snapped up before publication - I think this book has enough strength to be a smash hit in its own right. I hope it is. This is definately one to buy and keep and re-buy and gift to your friends...

When people drift away from reading as a habit, this is the kind of book i want to put into their hands to say "See? See what you're missing!?"

Bravo, Erin Morgenstern!
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