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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 Books (2012), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 516 pages
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Morgenstern creates an amazing world with the advent of the Night Circus. The challenge that is created between illusionists, Celia and Marcus, is the reason for the black and white dreamlike circus that only opens at night. One almost wonders if indeed the circus is a dream because every part of it is so unique and truly delightful. The game created by the challenge fully engulfs the lives of all of the circus performers and draws in several characters from the outside world as well. Entwined within the magic of the game and the circus is also a wonderful love story.

The story is well written but the reader must let go of reality to fully enjoy the book. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
This was a wonderful story. It was, like everyone said, quite slow. However, sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy a great story. This one was unlike anything I've ever read and as a result I am having a tough time rating and reviewing it. I read a review describing this book as a "story about a thing" and I very much agree. This book is about the circus and I would have liked more from and about the characters as there are equally as intriguing as the circus itself. That said, Morgenstern uses lots of beautiful and descriptive language to immerse you in the world of the Cirque de Reves and it is very much immersive. I would say this is a story of magic, mystery, love, and belonging to something far bigger than yourself...but mostly magic. ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
One of the best books I have ever read. So amazing. Everything from the plot, to the characters, to the absolutely exceptional writing was beautifully weaved together into a fantastic novel. The very unique premise of two magicians completing without knowing who they are competing against has inspired so many novels. Erin Morgenstern creates an atmosphere with her words that make you feel like you are at the actual circus. While some think it was a little too drawn out, I felt like the book had a perfect balance of carefully but steadily developing a very complex and lovely world. The time jumps and separate plot lines helped keep up the pace and ensured you didn't get bored with one specific plot line. Also the direct addresses to the reader in the second person made you feel completely engulfed in the mystery of the circus. Of course the characters were amazing, not just Celia and Marco, but the whole circus as well as the figures from their past. The mystery behind all of the characters just made the book that more intriguing. 5/5. ( )
  juliastingi | Nov 3, 2018 |
DNF @ 35% - Didn't flow for me.
  ktshpd | Oct 22, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this story. It was atmospheric, incorporated a but of an older time period, and it added in a heap of magic. All the things I generally love and enjoy! Highly recommend for those who like a bit of whimsical magic and a story around two individuals who meet as enemies and end up something much different. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Oct 20, 2018 |
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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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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
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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.
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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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