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The Night Circus

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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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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This book has a great descriptions which lets the reader really picture the setting of this rather surreal circus. However the story dragged in places, and the author's depiction of time can be rather confusing at time. The style is readable, but the story does not have a satisfying ending. ( )
  sawcat | Apr 9, 2024 |
Magic
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Wonderful imagery. Interesting plot. What happenes between was okay, but may not ha e been my exact cup of tea. Quite a few people were affected along the way for these 2 to come together. I felt like quite a few of the choices were so selfish, and that just didn't jive with me too well. ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
Summary: "The Night Circus" invites you into a world where a mysterious and magical competition unfolds within the confines of a fantastical black-and-white circus. Le Cirque des Rêves appears without warning, bringing with it illusions, wonders, and a rivalry between two talented young magicians, Celia and Marco. As they weave their enchantments, the circus becomes a stage for a game neither fully understands, with stakes higher than the tightrope walkers' ambitions.


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  pools_of_words | Jan 30, 2024 |
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I heard a lot of good things about it but it didn't live up to my expectations. ( )
  Megan_Demers | Jan 27, 2024 |
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Morgenstern’s wonderful novel is made all the more enchanting by top-notch narration from the incomparable Jim Dale.
 
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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morgenstern, Erinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fontana, JohnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forrester, KateCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jakobeit, BrigitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koay, Pei LoiDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magrì, MarinellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musselwhite, HelenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
“Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them."
“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
“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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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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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)

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