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The Night Circus

Morgenstern, Erin (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Authors: Morgenstern, Erin
Title: The night circus
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,c25 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
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ISBN: 0385534639
9780385534635
Statement of Responsibility: a novel by Erin Morgenstern
Subject Headings: Circus performers Fiction. Games Fiction. Circus Fiction. Magicians Fiction.
Topical Term: Circus performers
Games
Circus
Magicians
LCCN: 2010050546
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List - Fairy Tales for Grown Ups by: JCLAmyF Aug 28, 2014

Romantic, nostalgic, magical, sweeping... all sorts of good adjectives for this one!

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Comment by: JCLGreggW Nov 16, 2013

Oh, sure, this novel about a magical circus and its inhabitants might drag in the middle here and there, but you'll be far too absorbed in this intoxicating story to care. Deep in atmosphere and with a strong sense of nostalgic romance, two pawns of larger forces are made to battle each other, bu... Read More »

Comment by: JCLJoshN Mar 04, 2013

One of the best novels I've ever read. The book reads like a magic trick, jumping around in time, playing with perception, spinning wonderful and mysterious illusions, and posing questions about love, loss, life, death, art, fate, chance, and the divide between artist and audience.

Comment by: JCLHelenH Dec 31, 2012

It seems obvious that a book about magic should be described as magical, but it really is!


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Sep 19, 2014
  • ivych99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The circus! Wow how I wish I could be there for a night. It sounded so cool, so magical which I guess was the intention but I really felt like the author took circuses in general up to a whole new level, which is bravo on their part.
The main plot just grabbed me and interested me into reading it which I have no regrets because the writing was so beautiful that how can I not love it?
beautiful. magical. Enchanting.

Sep 13, 2014
  • TheMedusaCascade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like this book, it was quite good. A little confusing but it reminded me of the imaginenariam of dr pannasis. Can't wait to see if this gets turned into a movie.

Sep 09, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was recommended to me by two different people who both said it was excellent, but it really wasn't for me. I wanted to be swept into a world of magic and whimsy, love and a heartbreaking battling duel but it fell so short. The conflict never feels real or dire, nor does the so-called climax of the book. I was quite disappointed. I have to agree with vonbleyle's review:

"her book feels like one long set-up for something that never happens...There is no character development or confict, no plot and nothing is at stake. The blurb mentions a "fierce competition." I'm not sure where they got that. It's certainly not in this book."

Aug 29, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A dazzling confection of circus delights that boggle mind: a ship of books floating on a sea of ink, a maze made of clouds, and whimsical garden of ice. A fairytale for adults that is reminiscent of books read under the covers after lights out as a child. The star-crossed lovers are pledged as children to compete in an elaborate contest where the rules are as mercurial as the world they live in. The book is a feast for the senses, full of imaginative treats that will take your breath away as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the gates of the night circus slide open.

Aug 29, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a cool book. I loved the characters. I didn't however, like the part where Hector breaks Celia's hand. I was wondering if perhaps the passages written in second person might be Widget addressing Mr. A. H. but alas no.

really enjoyed it - mainly the whole idea of it and continue to be inspired by it.

Aug 08, 2014
  • tsackett rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author has a great imagination, but needs to learn how to craft a novel. She relies heavily on descriptions of characters to tell you who they are, but their dialog and even actions seem interchangeable. The same superficiality comes through in her prose. For example, the following sentence is typical: "The finished clock was resplendent." That reads (to me, at least) more like a judgement than a description. She uses that sentence to tell me how she wants me to feel about the more detailed description that follows. The whole text feels like that.

Jul 16, 2014
  • perogy51 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Phenomenal..my best read yet...I can't wait for miss Morgenstern to come out with her next novel...A ride everyone should take:)

Erin Morgenstern’s’ “The Night Circus” is flawless. It is written in five parts and has a grand total of five hundred and twelve pages. The story takes place in a Victorian like era, and revolves around ‘Le Cirque des Rêves’ (The circus of dreams). The circus is very unusual though; it appears without warning and is only open during the night. On top of this mysterious circus, the author has managed to weave in an intricate forbidden romance between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Celia and Marco are dueling magicians who have to use their powers at the circus until one magician is no longer able to compete, which usually means death. “The Night Circus” is very intense and I could not put it down. This book has it all, a love story, action, magic, and unimaginable twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the last page. This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and the end will shock you. While reading “The Night Circus” you might feel that certain parts of the book are pointless, but once you reach the end you realise that it is all connected and part of a bigger picture. The title of this book is extremely fitting. It is titled “The Night Circus” and takes place at a circus that is only open at night. Overall this book is an adventure to read and is quite possibly one of the best books that I have ever read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • sddepaul rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book....the descriptions of each tent and the clock filled my mind with magical visuals. I couldn't wait to pick up my book whenever I had a chance to read. I did find the ending a bit confusing and had to go back and reread sections of the book to add to my understanding. A Great Read!

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Sep 13, 2014
  • SliverMoonlight rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 19, 2014
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Jul 07, 2013
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Nov 28, 2012
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Oct 16, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

Apr 06, 2012
  • E_Kaufman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"How can I excel at a game when you refuse to tell me the rules?"

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Apr 18, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.

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