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The Night Circus: A Novel [Book]

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by Erin Morgenstern ∑ Doubleday ∑ Hardback ∑ 387 pages ∑ ISBN 0385534639
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 RÍves, and it is only open at ...

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    By Jane Doe - April 5, 2011 - Kirkus
    Self-assured, entertaining debut novel that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic.The world's not big enough for two wizards, as Tolkien taught us—even if that world is the shiny, modern one of the late 19th century, with its streetcars and electric lights and newfangled horseless carriages. Yet, as first-time novelist Morgenstern imagines it, two wizards there are, if likely possessed of more legerdemain than true conjuring powers, and these two are jealous of their turf. It stands to reason, the laws of the universe working thus, that their children would meet and, rather than continue the feud into a new generation, would instead fall in love. Call it Romeo and Juliet for the Gilded Age, save that Morgenstern has her eye on a different Shakespearean text, The Tempest; says a fellow called Prospero to young magician Celia of the name her mother gave her, "She should have named you Miranda...I suppose she was not clever enough to think of it." Celia is clever, however, a born magician, and eventually a big hit at the Circus of Dreams, which operates, naturally, only at night and has a slightly sinister air about it. But what would you expect of a yarn one of whose chief setting-things-into-action characters is known as "the man in the grey suit"? Morgenstern treads into Harry Potter territory, but though the chief audience for both Rowling and this tale will probably comprise of teenage girls, there are only superficial genre similarities. True, Celia's magical powers grow, and the ordinary presto-change-o stuff gains potency—and, happily, surrealistic value. Finally, though, all the magic has deadly consequence, and it is then that the tale begins to take on the contours of a dark thriller, all told in a confident voice that is often quite poetic, as when the man in the grey suit tells us, "There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict."Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings. Read full review
  • A Lyrical, Modern Fairy Tale
    By Book Reader - July 24, 2013 - Target
    My favorite thing about this book is probably the language of it, followed closesly by the different mediums.

    This book spans decades, twirling through time and people, and at times it's incredibly hard to keep up. But you want to. Keep up. Keep going. The author creates a wonderful sense of conflict, intrigue, and curiosity about this magical world. I could not put it down.
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  • The Night Circus
    By Staff - October 6, 2011 - Book Verdict
    Morgenstern's much-hyped debut√Ę‚‚¨‚€ it was previewed by Barbara Hoffert in Prepub Alert, garnered a starred LJ review, and topped the September 2011 Indie Next List√Ę‚‚¨‚€ is a generous and unexpected novel, fancifully articulated through a time-spanning plot that unfolds in connected interludes. Readers are welcomed into Le Cirque des R√ƒ¬™ves-the Circus of Dreams-on the first few pages: under the popping lights, through the spacious veil of stars, into a labyrinthine space of black-and-white-striped tents filled with such attractions as an ice garden, a cloud maze, and a bonfire of crimson, violet, and white. From this initial invitation, the story jumps back and forth in time between 1837 and 1903, exploring the interrelated tales of a handful of characters. The weaving creates a lovely, restrained pacing, allowing readers to stroll through the story the way they would through the circus itself. At the narrative's core are two magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been set among the circus tents as figures on a magical chessboard. They are to play a game run by Celia's father and his nemesis, Alexander, a game the two masters have orchestrated many times before. What is at stake, how the game is played, and even the length of the game are unknown to Celia and Marco, who at first compete, but soon cannot resist collaborating to create ever-more fantastical attractions for the circus. As they forge the sumptuous revelry inside the tents, the two slowly fall in love, and their relationship is as fragile as the folded-paper models Marco uses to keep up with the circus and the mysterious scrapbook he employs to ensure the circus doesn't unravel. But unravel it does, as the circus was not designed as anything other than a battlefield. As the fate of the citizens of Le Cirque des R√ƒ¬™ves, and that of a few key outside supporters, hangs by a thread, Celia and Marco must figure out how to escape the game. Evoking a mood of wonderment complemented by a portentous feel, the novel's lush language and charming sensibility will lure readers in as surely as tent signs such as A Climb Through the Firmament lure visitors into Le Cirque des R√ƒ¬™ves. Note to audio fans: Don't miss Jim Dale's extraordinary reading. √Ę‚‚¨‚€ Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads," Booksmack! 10/6/11 Read full review


AuthorErin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus is a 2011 fantasy novel by Erin Morgenstern. It was originally written for the annual writing ...
The Night Circus