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Sarah Moore, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Sarah Moore)
I loved it so much that I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it. I will read it again for sure. I fell in love with the characters and the scenery, I was hooked from the very beginning and the night circus is the circus of me dreams! I am so impressed that this was the debut book for the author and hope that she continues to write!
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Jody Brassfield-English, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jody Brassfield-English)
Magical
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Ariel Valladares, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Ariel Valladares)
The Night Circus is a simply beautiful book that draws you in and you never want to leave. Brilliant storytelling, vivid writing... Readers travel a journey of suspense and wonder, magic and light--immersed in a world we've all dreamed of but never thought we'd get to experience. A classic from the very first page.
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viv, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by viv)
This book's magnificence is to big to fit under the big top. Emotions do acrobatics in this superlative tale, as the book careens towards its explosive ending, that will leave you grasping for the pieces of your mind as they are blown away.
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MissDove, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by MissDove)
I read dozens of books in 2012. Most were pretty good, but none left such a vivid impression as "The Night Circus." What an utterly unique and charming novel! Morgenstern's clear, simple word-smithing elegantly describes complex imagery and emotions. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to spend a night at Le Cirque des Reves? I almost dread the idea of a filmed version, as I can't imagine it would capture the book's delicacy and ... imagination seems too weak a word! A confirmed cynic, even I was inspired when Celia and Marco finally found a way to break the power of their manipulative and cruel circus masters.

Thanks to Powell's staff for making this recommendation, I don't know that I would have come across it otherwise. I raved about it to my book group and I believe several of them read it also. I will definitely keep an eye out for future works from Ms. Morgenstern.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307744432
Author:
Morgenstern, Erin
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance - Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
28 x 13.1 x 4.6 in 16.68 lb

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Product details 528 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307744432 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Touted as an adult's version of Harry Potter, The Night Circus actually lives up to its hype. It's the story of a couple of magicians, a circus, and a duel. And, of course, it's so much more. Morgenstern's creation is astounding and intricate, delicate and beautiful, frightening and overwhelming. Though torn between the contrary desires of racing through this perfectly paced tale or savoring every complex and unique sentence, I was hooked from the beginning. Not much of a fantasy fan? Me, neither. Read this book anyway.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book."
"Review" by , "Self-assured, entertaining debut that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic....Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book — and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings."
"Review" by , "To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêve is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear....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."
"Review" by , "This big and compelling first novel ushers in a menacing tone with its first sentence: 'The circus arrives without warning'....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."
"Review" by , "A riveting debut. The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it."
"Review" by , "The Night Circus is a gorgeously imagined fable poised in the high latitudes of Hans Christian Anderson and Oscar Wilde, with a few degrees toward Hesse's Steppenwolf for dangerous spice. The tale is masterfully written and invites allegorical interpretations even as its leisurely but persistent suspense gives it compelling charm. An enchanting read."
"Synopsis" by , 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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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