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The night circus : a novel / Erin Morgenstern.
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- Publication Information:New York : Doubleday, 2011.
- Publication Date:2011
- Physical Description:387 pages ; 25 cm
- Publication Type:Book
- Document Type:Novels
- Subject Terms:Magicians -- Fiction; Circus -- Fiction; Games -- Fiction; Circus performers -- Fiction; Psychokinesis -- Fiction; Fate and fatalism -- Fiction; Competition (Psychology) -- Fiction; Magic -- Fiction; Night -- Fiction; Circus; Circus performers; Games; Magicians; Roman; Amerikanisches Englisch; Entertainers -- Fiction; Fantasy fiction; Love stories; Fantasy fiction, American; Love stories, American; Romance fiction; Fiction
- Online Access:http://www.youtube.com/embed/WZJiW2w1xdc?rel=0%22frameborder=%220%22allowfullscreen%3E%3C/iframe%3E
Booklist Reviews 2011 May #2
*Starred Review* This big and—no, not bulky—compelling first novel ushers in a menacing tone with its first sentence: The circus arrives without warning. Why would a circus arrive so quietly in town, and why would anyone need warning about this particular one? The time span here is 30 years, from 1873 to 1903, and the settings range from America to Europe. To a famous magician is delivered a little girl who, as it turns out, is his child, and fortunately for his future, she is possessed of magical powers. As it also happens, this magician has an archrival, who, in the face of the first magician's jackpot in the form of his little girl, seeks a young person for him to train to rival her. What the two magicians did not anticipate, as the years pass and the two young people, the girl and the boy whom the second magician found, are honed in their specialty for performance's sake and to outplay the other one, is that the young persons, when of an age, would meet and, surprising or not to the reader, fall in love. How will their destiny play out now? With appeal for readers not particularly geared to fantasy but who plainly enjoy an unusual and well-drawn story, this one will make a good crossover suggestion. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2011 April #1
When Prospero the Enchanter discovers that he has a young daughter with extraordinary magical talents, he wastes no time in setting up a competition between her and the protégé of his longtime adversary. Celia and Marco train until young adulthood and eventually meet under the eerie black-and-white-striped tents of the Cirque des Rêves—the Circus of Dreams. What happens next has obviously intrigued a lot of people—rights for this debut have been sold to 22 countries, Summit Entertainment has made a film deal, and there's a 175,000-copy first printing. Not over-the-top kaleidoscopic but keenly, lushly cool and inventive with a hint of danger and reckless love; remember, this circus "Opens at Nightfall/ Closes at Dawn." Puts me in mind of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes lightened up by Harry Potter. This will be big.[Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2011 June #2
To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist. As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat. VERDICT Debut novelist Morgenstern has written a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely believable. The smells, textures, sounds, and sights are almost palpable. A literary Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, this read is completely magical. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.]—Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA[Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Morgenstern's much-hyped debut-it was previewed by Barbara Hoffert in Prepub Alert, garnered a starred LJ review, and topped the September 2011 Indie Next List-is a generous and unexpected novel, fancifully articulated through a time-spanning plot that unfolds in connected interludes. Readers are welcomed into Le Cirque des Rêves-the Circus of Dreams-on the first few pages: under the popping lights, through the spacious veil of stars, into a labyrinthine space of black-and-white-striped tents filled with such attractions as an ice garden, a cloud maze, and a bonfire of crimson, violet, and white. From this initial invitation, the story jumps back and forth in time between 1837 and 1903, exploring the interrelated tales of a handful of characters. The weaving creates a lovely, restrained pacing, allowing readers to stroll through the story the way they would through the circus itself. At the narrative's core are two magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been set among the circus tents as figures on a magical chessboard. They are to play a game run by Celia's father and his nemesis, Alexander, a game the two masters have orchestrated many times before. What is at stake, how the game is played, and even the length of the game are unknown to Celia and Marco, who at first compete, but soon cannot resist collaborating to create ever-more fantastical attractions for the circus. As they forge the sumptuous revelry inside the tents, the two slowly fall in love, and their relationship is as fragile as the folded-paper models Marco uses to keep up with the circus and the mysterious scrapbook he employs to ensure the circus doesn't unravel. But unravel it does, as the circus was not designed as anything other than a battlefield. As the fate of the citizens of Le Cirque des Rêves, and that of a few key outside supporters, hangs by a thread, Celia and Marco must figure out how to escape the game. Evoking a mood of wonderment complemented by a portentous feel, the novel's lush language and charming sensibility will lure readers in as surely as tent signs such as A Climb Through the Firmament lure visitors into Le Cirque des Rêves. Note to audio fans: Don't miss Jim Dale's extraordinary reading. - Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads," Booksmack! 10/6/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2011 May #3
Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus. Celia is a five-year-old with untrained psychokinetic powers when she is unceremoniously dumped on her unsuspecting father, Hector Bowen, better known as Le Cirque des Reves' Prospero the Entertainer. Hector immediately hatches a sinister scheme for Celia: pit her against a rival's young magician in an epic battle of magic that will, by design, result in the death of one of the players, though neither Celia nor her adversary, Marco, is informed of the inevitable outcome. What neither Hector nor his rival count on is that Celia and Marco will eventually fall in love. Their mentors—Marco's mentor, Alexander, plucked him from the London streets due to his psychic abilities—attempt to intervene with little success as Celia and Marco barrel toward an unexpected and oddly fitting conclusion. Supporting characters—such as Bailey, a farm boy who befriends a set of twins born into the circus who will drastically influence his future; Isobel, a circus employee and onetime girlfriend of Marco's; and theatrical producer Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre—are perfectly realized and live easily in a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
Don't understand the high reviews
I was halfway into this book after a lot of boredom when I realized NOTHING has happened! Since the very beginning, no plot points had been developed halfway into the story. IT's completely boring. It feels like something written by a college student anxious to please their professor with perfect writing but completely lacking in story development and anything of interest. Completely over-rated.
Best book I read this year...and it's only October
I seriously think this was the best book I've read this year...and it really is only October! This might be the most beautiful and interesting book you will ever read. I am in love with it! I cannot recommend it highly enough! I want to run away with the Night Circus and explore it for the rest of my life!
To call this book magical is both eerily accurate and woefully insufficient. The author has managed to create a truly magical venue, a world onto itself, in her creation of an unusual circus open only at night, one that travels mysteriously and almost without announcement from one place to another. The circus touches all who enter it, making them feel as if they’ve come home to some vaguely imagined place, one they’ve known before and reluctantly left without ever remembering it in the first place. Begun as an exercise by a rich eccentric, The Circus of Dreams draws a motley crew, including two apprentices who are unknowingly placed in a battle to the finish with each other. The story is sublime, original and truly beautiful, filled with the kind of lyrical sorcery that makes you wish that such magic were real. This magic is inclusive; unlike the exclusive and harsh world portrayed by J. K. Rowling, ordinary people aren’t excluded but welcomed with opened arms. It is a grand adventure, a painful romance, a grand passion and a mischievous delight. Above all, it is a story, one that shifts back and forth through time and place with shifts that are both unsettling and captivating. It takes the reader a while to adjust to this nonlinear tactic but, once you do, you are caught up in this riveting tale. “The Night Circus” is a grown-up tale that cleverly masks itself as a kid’s story. It proves once more that you’re never too old to enjoy child-like delights. Run away and join the circus.
This is one of those books that has been on my radar for a long time and a lot of my friends loved it. I thought it was ok, though I certainly see what its die-hard fans love so much. It's very descriptive and has a pleasant, sedate narrative pace that is easy to fall into. But as a reader, I most appreciate getting to know characters deeply and the only character I felt I knew well in this book was the circus. Every detail seemed to be described. And it's pretty to read, but I wish the same attention had been lavished on the living, breathing, human characters and their interrelationships. I never felt I knew them well enough to care particularly about them. Similarly, leaping back and forwards in time, which is just what this book does, personally always annoys me. There's nothing wrong with either of these things. It just meant I wasn't an overly happy reader, even if I could objectively see that it is a cleverly written book. In the end, I thought it was a fine book, just not one that matched my own preferences well.
The Night Circus
One of the most interesting books that I have read recently! Very unusual plot and fascinating characters. I want to find more books by this author!
i feel in love with this book. I couldnt put it down. I loved how they described things in such a beautifle and descriptive way. I wish there was a sequal to this book so i can find out how it is doing with bailey running it and how marco and celia are doing. Also to see if poppet and Bailey have found love. Thank you so much for another great book.
Morgenstern has created an interesting world peopled with compelling characters. You suspend your notions of reality and join the night circus for an entertaining show.
Without warning – The Circus Arrives! Today it is there, yesterday it was not. Inside the black-and-white striped tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it only opens at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition between two young magicians is underway. Celia and Marco, have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose. Unknown to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a 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.
So nice to read something truly new and innovative. Captivating characters and plot. I can''t wait to see what Morgenstern writes next!
A Magical Read
It arrives without warning and disappears just as quickly. Shrouded in mystery, Le Cirque de Reves appears out of nowhere, filled with magical sights and entertainment the likes of which have never been imagined. At the center of the circus are two magicians, one in the forefront, and one behind the scenes, both playing out a game manipulated by two men who have been waging them for years. But when the two magicians battling each other begin to fall in love, the circus could very well fall apart at the seams. And how can they choose between true love and the only way out of the game: death.I absolutely loved this book. At first, as with other books I''ve read that switch between perspectives, I had trouble with the switches. But the further I got into it, I couldn''t get enough. This was one of those books where I fought sleep in order to read more. And I was almost sad that I couldn''t actually visit such a circus. This makes a great book for those adults, like me, who mostly read young adult novels and are looking for something actually in their age group, as well as a crossover for young adults. And for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy or a magical read.