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The Night Circus (edition 2012)

by Erin Morgenstern

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Member:PurpleIda
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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Pretty average (sorry Katherine). This book was very highly recommended by a certain teenager who thought it was one of the best books she had ever read. Unfortunately, it didn't grab me. ( )
  jvgravy | May 13, 2017 |
I loved the audio version. It extremely well read. The best magic book I've read since Dr. Norell &Mr. Strange. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
The circus arrives without warning.

I'll admit it, I am guilty. I definitely judge a book by it's cover. Or, rather, I tend to gravitate towards attractive covers. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern had an extremely attractive cover with a tasteful style and color scheme. However, the story within was unlike the description on the back and my initial idea of how the story would be.

For one, Morgenstern is masterful at depicting the appropriate moods and atmosphere of the story. Her descriptions are rich and vidid, almost distracting you from the fact that the story is slow-paced and subtle. The story takes place over a span of sixteen years within the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It begins with two magicians who pair two young apprentices in a competition against each other. There are no written rules, leaving everything unspoken between the two masters. Their venue: a circus.

There is much to say about the originality of this world that Morgenstern created. The characters are unique and fit inside the story, a necessary component.. Like clockwork. *stifles snort* But I only wish that there was more action. The subtleties with the storyline can be frustrating, and I found myself constantly reading in-between the lines and grasping at the pages for explanations. The story itself was a slow process, like making wine. But I can't take that away from the writing itself. ( )
  EmStephenson | May 6, 2017 |
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The black-and-white circus comes without warning in the night time. Everyone believes the magic is an allusion; they have no idea the circus is the setting of a deadly battle between two magicians... who are also lovers.

My vocabulary is not large enough to properly describe the magnificence of this book.

Do you ever finish reading something that is so exquisite, so wonderful, and so unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, that you hold the book in your hands and wish it would turn into a hundred books so you could read them all?

The Night Circus is visually stunning…I know it’s ironic that a book can be visually stunning when you don’t actually see anything, but I stand by what I said: visually STUNNING.

​You seriously feel like you’re walking through the circus (the brilliant use of 2nd person contributes to this illusion), and you’ll want to go to that circus more than you’ve ever wanted to go anywhere. Why can’t real life be so mysterious and beautiful?

The descriptions of the circus are so enjoyable that the story is almost unnecessary, but it is a great story nonetheless. Two lovers are trapped in an endless contest of magical skill and neither of them is aware of the consequences of failure? Good stuff.

​I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic…and to people who don’t. It’s that good. ( )
  Teralyn | May 5, 2017 |
No words I write are going to do this book justice.

It’s a tale about a competition between two young magicians. They have been trained since childhood solely for this competition. Only one will be left standing. But when they meet, they fall in love.

It’s amazing. The way the author writes is beautiful and magical. She has such talent. I felt like I was sitting on cotton candy clouds reading this.
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  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
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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 – 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
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The circus arrives without warning.
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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

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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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