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The Night Circus Paperback – 24 May 2012
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"Lush, evocative, dreamlike...a magical, coming-of-age story" (Sunday Times)
"Dark and dreamy; a captivating love story" (Stylist Magazine)
"Deliciously inventive... Don't imagine this is a light, frothy tale. For all her humorous touches, Morgernstern...has produced something darker than night" (Mary Crockett Scotsman)
"Dazzling" (Marie Claire)
"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)
"An extraordinary blend of dream and nightmare will take you on a magical journey" (Viv Groskop Red Magazine)
"Charming, magical, mysterious, enthralling" (Daily Mirror)
"Lushly imagined, extremely charming and very, very readable" (Scotland on Sunday)
"The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for. This is a marvelous book" (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)
"Morgenstern displays a conjurer's dexterity as she develops her tale, and you'd need a heart of stone not to melt at the melodramatic denouement" (Daily Mail)
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.See all Product description
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It didn’t grip me, I didn’t become a swell of emotion, and it didn’t make a dent in my reading life. I found it difficult to get into. Difficult to imagine, and a few times wondered what I was actually getting from this story.
Sadly, disappointed as I was very much looking forward to this read.
Erin Morgenstern takes her chance in writing a story for teenagers (who are known to be very picky) about a world of magicians, and I might say that she does it very well. She manages to create a real fairy tale world without the help of any absolutely fascinating character.
Entering the Night Circus
As a small introduction to the plot, I can tell you that the story is all around a mysterious circus, Le Cirque des Rêves and a contest of magic strength between the daughter of an illusionist, Prospero the Enchanter and a boy chosen by his opponent, the enigmatic Mr A.H.
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.
I loved the way the author wrote her book. She makes very big year jumps between chapters, without any difficulty, making you feel even more the magic that surrounds her story. Even though the novel is about a competiton between two magicians (Celia and Marco), I didn’t relate to a character or two how I usually do when I read a book. With this one, I felt that I connected only with the story. It was like all the characters were part of something bigger than their persona. Erin actually made me believe that they are anatomic elements of the circus.
Another subtle touch of art were the chosen colours. Pointing out with every occasion, without repeating herself, the writer gave her fantasy another plus: a vintage aspect, which made perfect sense when talking about a circus.
Who should read “The Night Circus”
I think this book is perfect to be read in your teens, but it is more than that. It is a book for anyone who wants to be reminded of love and commitment and about that little bit of magic that lives in every one of us.
The wonderful description of the circus clock conjured up the most powerful visual image for me and while others were not as strongly drawn they were nevertheless entertaining. As to the two characters at the centre of the plot, somehow their 'love' story seemed a bit thin and superfluous and I would have enjoyed the magical pop-up circus just as much without them. In fact, for me, the only characters who had real substance were the twins and Bailey, the rest were very much a supporting cast.
I loved the idea of this circus and could visit it again and again, it doesn't hurt to escape sometimes.
It took me till about three quarters of the way through to work out what was niggling at me about the book - no emotions are described in relation to any of the characters. They're not described as 'sad', 'frightened' or 'jealous'. We're told what they do but not what they feel. A bit weird. Does the author write without empathy for her characters on purpose?
I enjoyed the book, despite how the above might sound. The author's imagination and vivid descriptions of the scenes are luscious, straight out of dreams and fantasies. I'd recommend it for this despite the niggles mentioned above.
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