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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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The Night Circus (edition 2012)

by Erin Morgenstern

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Title:The Night Circus
Authors:Erin Morgenstern
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I enjoyed the Night Circus but I thought it was slow and a little convoluted. I鈥檓 glad I stuck with it to the end though. The magical, mysterious Circus was fascinating and the intertwined stories and characters kept my interest but I did find myself wishing it would move along faster. There鈥檚 a lot of unnecessary diversions from the main plot, which itself is sort of nebulous and remains undetermined even until the end. A decent read but not my favorite book I read this year. 3.5/5 stars 猸愶笍 ( )
  justjoshinreads | Mar 22, 2019 |
While this book got off to a bit of a slow start, it really pays off. I love the description of the circus, and many of the secondary characters were great. In fact, I liked the secondary characters including Poppet, Bailey, Chandresh, and Herr Thiessen more than I liked the main characters. ( )
  dcoward | Mar 21, 2019 |
This is creativity at it's finest and is an ideal read for those with a visual imagination who will be transported to magical settings beyond what a cinematic screen can portray.

Personally, I'm more of an emotional reader than a visual one, so the fantastical imagery is only part of the formula for what I need to Love a book. At times this book delivered on all fronts and I was enraptured, but other times (more so early on) I wasn't even sure whether I liked the book. The story itself has many layers which sometimes caused confusion, particularly when bouncing around time frames and having scenes from minor characters' POV's. The love story that drives the plot is moving, especially Marco's sentiments, and yet it doesn't read like 'a book about a love story', which is interesting. The poetic writing style was different than what I normally read, and it was beautiful. I suppose I'm more impressed with this book than anything.

The lasting impression has me torn hovering around a 3.5 rating. However, the physical hardback (UK edition) is the most beautiful contemporary book I've ever purchased which easily adds enough weight for me to give this 4 stars. ( )
  RachelDavenSkinner | Mar 19, 2019 |
Este libro ocupa un lugar muy importante en mi coraz贸n. Se convirti贸 en uno de mis libros favoritos de toda la vida en cuanto lo termin茅 de leer. Y es que no solo tiene una combinaci贸n incre铆ble entre lo victoriano, lo g贸tico y lo burlesco -cosas que me fascinan-; adem谩s tiene magia y unas descripciones tan extraordinarias que realmente te hacen ver y sentir todo lo que pasa en la historia.

Con tan solo una mirada al pr贸logo yo ya estaba totalmente enganchada y me sumerg铆 tanto en la historia que incluso mi familia se sent铆a frustrada por que simplemente no pod铆a dejar de leer. Literalmente, apenas encontraba un minuto de tiempo libre, ya estaba con el libro en las manos. Y mi amor por 茅l lleg贸 tan lejos que, a pesar de haberlo le铆do en su idioma original, lo le铆 de nuevo en espa帽ol y qued茅 igual de satisfecha.



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  LenoreDiKaat | Mar 10, 2019 |
Builds slowly, but the imaginativeness kept me going. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
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I am a reader who should have hated this novel; yet I found it enchanting, and affecting, too, in spite of its sentimental ending. Morgenstern's patient, lucid construction of her circus 鈥 of its creators and performers and followers 鈥 makes for a world of illusion more real than that of many a realist fiction. There is a matter-of-factness about the magicians' magic, a consistency about the parameters of the circus world, that succeeds both in itself and as a comment upon the need for and nature of illusion in general. While the novel's occasional philosophical gestures seem glib ("You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream"), the book enacts its worldview more satisfyingly than could any summary or statement. Rather than forcing its readers to be prisoners in someone else's imagination, Morgenstern's imaginary circus invites readers to join in an exploration of the possible.
 
Underneath the icy polish of her prose, Morgenstern well understands what makes The Night Circus tick: that Marco and Celia, whether in competition or in love, are part of a wider world they must engage with but also transcend. It鈥檚 a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits.
 
The Night Circus is one of those books. One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again.
 
The book itself looks beautiful but creaky plotting and lifeless characters leave The Night Circus less than enchanting
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Epigraph
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
--Oscar Wilde, 1888
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The circus arrives without warning.
Quotations
Follow your dreams, Bailey, she says. Be they Harvard or something else entirely. No matter what that father of yours says, or how loudly he might say it. He forgets that he was someone's dream once himself.
Children are dragged away with promises that they may return the next evening, though the circus will not be there the next evening and later those children will feel slighted and betrayed.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.
I do not like being left in the dark. I am not particularly fond of believing in impossible things.
You're not destined or chosen, I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it's not true. You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough.
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Book description
A circus known as Le Cirque des Reves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.
Haiku summary
Magicians in love
Forced to duel at the circus
Put on a great show.
(yoyogod)
Where a boy bears lovers' dreams
with a seer of stars
and night goes on forever.
(blueviolent)
A light and airy
feast for the senses. But wait,
darkness lurks beneath.
(passion4reading)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307744434, Paperback)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Erin Morgenstern鈥檚 dark, enchanting debut takes us to the black and white tents of Le Cirque des Reves, a circus that arrives without warning, simply appearing when yesterday it was not there. Young Celia and Marco have been cast into a rivalry at The Night Circus, one arranged long ago by powers they do not fully understand. Over time, their lives become more intricately enmeshed in a dance of love, joy, deceit, heartbreak, and magic. Author Morgenstern knows her world inside and out, and she guides the reader with a confident hand. The setting and tone are never less than mesmerizing. The characters are well-realized and memorable. But it is the Night Circus itself that might be the most memorable of all. --Chris Schluep

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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.

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