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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 just finished this incredible book and I am calming down from the excitement and awesomeness combined. It started out a little dull and its incorporation of time, scenery and character changes confused me throughout the entire book. But the last 150 - 200 pages were just ... ( )
  GeekyLibraryGirl | Jul 28, 2016 |
This book could be considered good just because it's an exercise on imagination. The landscape set in this books is beautiful, and following the characters as they develop that landscape around themselves is mesmerizing. I liked how the romance was part of the narrative but was not heavy. One of the best debut novels I've read. ( )
  Marisst | Jul 24, 2016 |
I had been seeing a lot of people raving about this book so I was a little hesitant to read it. I was worried about it being overhyped and I'm not a big fan of circuses either so I wasn't sure if I would like it anyways. I loved this book! I was immediately drawn into the writing and the characters. Everything about this book is so incredibly imaginative and exciting, every step of the way. I think one of my favorite things was seeing how she connected all of the characters to each other. Even seemingly minor characters ended up playing a big roll in the story. I loved Celia and Marco together and individually. But I think my favorite characters were Poppet and Widget. They were so cute! And how cool would that be to grow up in a circus?! I know I said I wasn't a big fan of circuses but this is a completely extraordinary circus that is unlike any other circus in the world. I was so completely blown away by this book. I will definitely be buying this so I can immerse myself into this magical world again. ( )
  pennma05 | Jul 21, 2016 |
Wow. Amazing.
Tsukiko is very wise. What makes her even wiser is the way she spreads her wisdom. By interpretation. She let's you interpret it the way you see it. ( )
  Kinetics | Jul 17, 2016 |
The author creates a magical world that entices our imagination. The story is slow at times, but overall a good read. ( )
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Magic without passion is pretty much a trip to Pier One: lots of shrink-wrapped candles. One wishes Morgenstern had spent less time on the special effects and more on the hauntingly unanswerable question that runs, more or less ignored, through these pages: Can children love who were never loved, only used as intellectual machines? What kind of magic reverses that spell? It’s not as pretty a spectacle, but that’s a story that grips the heart.
 
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 – of its creators and performers and followers – 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’s 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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Koay, Pei LoiDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
Dedication
First words
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’s 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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:51 -0400)

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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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