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The Night Circus

A Novel
Morgenstern, Erin (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Morgenstern, Erin
Title: The night circus
a novel
Published: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0385534639
9780385534635
Branch Call Number: F MOR
Statement of Responsibility: Erin Morgenstern
Subject Headings: Games Fiction. Circus Fiction. Circus performers Fiction. Magicians Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Romantic suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Games
Circus
Circus performers
Magicians
LCCN: 2010050546
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Sep 30, 2014
  • Rox9300 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus takes readers into the late 1800’s, where two ancient magicians create a life-long bet, in which they each pick a child to train in the art of magic, and raise them to compete against each other. Prospero, one of the ancient magicians, chooses his beautiful young daughter, Celia Bowen. The other magician, Alexander H, picks up a young orphaned boy named Marco, and both are brought up in training during their years. Eventually, Celia and Marco end up working for an odd venue known as The Night Circus. The circus travels all about the world, but only opens at night. Its wonder and enchantment so spectacular, that it could only be real magic. Over the course of many years, the world becomes infatuated with the mysterious beauty of the Night Circus, while Celia and Marco become infatuated with each other. Despite being opponents, the two fall for each other, and hope to be together when the competitions ends. Unfortunately, the game is not as it seems, and they must soon strive to be together, even if it means losing everything.

The first thing to state about this novel, is that quite honestly, it’s a masterpiece. This is probably one of the most flawless stories I’ve ever read. I don’t even know where to begin. The characters, there were so many characters, and each and every one was so well-developed, with their own story and style. They were all introduced so elegantly too, I never felt overwhelmed with how many characters were being introduced, because they were all so impressionable. They ranged from wacky rich architects to mesmerizing contortionists to clothing designers. They were all just so colorful and different. The plot was also so well crafted. The story took place over many years, and Morgenstern delivered multiple character storylines at a time, yet managed to keep them entertaining, while still keeping the main focus on the leading characters. Towards the end, the separate stories all came together so flawlessly, leaving me in awe of Morgenstern’s capability to string together so many complex details. My favourite element to this story, though, was its breath-taking detail and imagery. The writing style was just so purely enticing. The way Morgenstern would string together her words was truly genius. The imagination and detail she conveyed through her writing was so admirable. I fell in absolute love with the fictional world that she created. I wanted nothing more than to actually visit the Night Circus, as her descriptions of it were so magical. Upon finishing this book, I was stuck on it for weeks after, because I couldn’t get over how simply amazing it was.

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this book. It’s the closest book to flawless I’ve ever read.
Just beautiful.

Sep 22, 2014
  • OtteryStCatchpole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is beautiful and amazing. The language is gorgeous, the scenes mesmerizing and the story compelling. It is unlike anything I've ever read. A brilliant and new vision in fantasy and a very pretty one at that.

I hated the book ending, and while I'd love to have more, I hope not. Too many authors revisit their best fantasies and water them down with mediocrity. I hope this book stands alone. It said all it had to wonderfully in its pages.

A truly magnificent piece of fiction.

Sep 21, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has some beautiful descriptions and an intriguing story, but I think the vivid descriptions somewhat overshadowed the plot. (It reminded me of Her Fearful Symmetry.)

Sep 19, 2014
  • ivych99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The circus! Wow how I wish I could be there for a night. It sounded so cool, so magical which I guess was the intention but I really felt like the author took circuses in general up to a whole new level, which is bravo on their part.
The main plot just grabbed me and interested me into reading it which I have no regrets because the writing was so beautiful that how can I not love it?
beautiful. magical. Enchanting.

Sep 13, 2014
  • TheMedusaCascade rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like this book, it was quite good. A little confusing but it reminded me of the imaginenariam of dr pannasis. Can't wait to see if this gets turned into a movie.

Sep 09, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was recommended to me by two different people who both said it was excellent, but it really wasn't for me. I wanted to be swept into a world of magic and whimsy, love and a heartbreaking battling duel but it fell so short. The conflict never feels real or dire, nor does the so-called climax of the book. I was quite disappointed. I have to agree with vonbleyle's review:

"her book feels like one long set-up for something that never happens...There is no character development or confict, no plot and nothing is at stake. The blurb mentions a "fierce competition." I'm not sure where they got that. It's certainly not in this book."

Aug 29, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A dazzling confection of circus delights that boggle mind: a ship of books floating on a sea of ink, a maze made of clouds, and whimsical garden of ice. A fairytale for adults that is reminiscent of books read under the covers after lights out as a child. The star-crossed lovers are pledged as children to compete in an elaborate contest where the rules are as mercurial as the world they live in. The book is a feast for the senses, full of imaginative treats that will take your breath away as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the gates of the night circus slide open.

Aug 29, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a cool book. I loved the characters. I didn't however, like the part where Hector breaks Celia's hand. I was wondering if perhaps the passages written in second person might be Widget addressing Mr. A. H. but alas no.

really enjoyed it - mainly the whole idea of it and continue to be inspired by it.

Aug 08, 2014
  • tsackett rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author has a great imagination, but needs to learn how to craft a novel. She relies heavily on descriptions of characters to tell you who they are, but their dialog and even actions seem interchangeable. The same superficiality comes through in her prose. For example, the following sentence is typical: "The finished clock was resplendent." That reads (to me, at least) more like a judgement than a description. She uses that sentence to tell me how she wants me to feel about the more detailed description that follows. The whole text feels like that.

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Sep 13, 2014
  • SliverMoonlight rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 19, 2014
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Nov 28, 2012
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Oct 16, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

Apr 06, 2012
  • E_Kaufman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"How can I excel at a game when you refuse to tell me the rules?"

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Apr 18, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.

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