The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Books

By (author) Erin Morgenstern

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 32mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099570297
  • ISBN 13: 9780099570295
  • Sales rank: 526

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall. Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Reves. The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.

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Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as 'fairy tales in one way or another'. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.www.erinmorgenstern.comFacebook.com/thenightcircuswww.nightcircus.co.uk

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By Tam 04 Sep 2014 5

This book is truly breathtaking. Words simply cannot begin to describe how I feel about this book.

I could call it magical. I could call it brilliant. I could call it dazzling, enchanting, exciting, amazing, lush, imaginative... I could call it all these things and more and it would only be the tip of the iceberg.

It is truly an amazing and absolutely stunning book. I recommend it to anyone. It is one of those books I will keep with me forever and pass it on to my children only when the time comes for me to part with it and it is that day I both mourn and welcome.

By Hayley 13 Aug 2013 4

The Night Circus has one of my favourite opening lines. Mysterious and intriguing, it sets a precedent for the tone throughout the rest of the book: evocative, enchanting and ultimately immersive. It is very easy to fall in love with the world painted so lavishly by Morgenstern. So very deliciously easy (points to those who get the external reference!).

The lyrical writing is only sufficiently equipped to distract the reader from the weaker elements of the book. It becomes more and more evident with subsequent readings. I know a lot of people have gripes about the actual plot, but I find my main issue the characterisation of the protagonists. They fell flat for me, and I cared more about the circus more than I did Marco or Celia. The jumping timeline is also a little confusing in the beginning.

Still, despite its flaws, The Night Circus is a highly enjoyable read. It is a rare thing to find a book that so thoroughly captures your imagination. Even though I first read this book in March, The Night Circus still occasionally stirs my mind whenever I catch myself looking at it on my bookshelf.

By Najla Qamber 21 Jun 2013 4

Now, this is one book everyone should read! If you're old, young, really young, a boy or a girl, a man or a woman, a father, mother, grandfather, whatever it is. You should read this. It's a universal book that created so much buzz in the book community online that it was really hard to miss it and when it came to bookstores in Bahrain immediately after the hype. I was excited to get it but only managed to find a really awesome copy from the thrift store. It was a limited edition copy and that was one of the many reasons why I wanted to pick it up.

When I started reading the book, the setting the author wrote for us was the grey, and gloom of the late 1800's. It was set everywhere around Europe from France to Frankfurt. And then, sometimes the characters were in New York, or Boston and even Australia.

The whole book corresponded with Le Cirque des Rêves, the circus that is only open at night. It starts with being in the circus then how the circus came to be and then how the circus carried out throughout the years. And believe it or not, the entire book didn't really have a centerpiece. By that I mean that it didn't really have one protagonist but many. It wasn't just about the circus but everyone else in it.

The book did get really confusing because there were so many characters and Erin kept on bringing in more and more until perhaps near the end of the book. What made it even worse was when some chapters were dated in the early 1900's it then switches back to the 1800's. I got some characters and events mixed up that it was all too much for me. The book was most of the time overwhelming. Then comes the end of the book, I was a hundred pages away from the ending that only then did I get the whole story right. It's like the author knew the right moment to glue everything together. I'm incredibly impressed by magical world of the Night Circus. I really thought I wouldn't like it and I ended up loving it!

It doesn't matter what age or what genres you like to read, just pick this book up and you won't be disappointed! This is a book that will become a classic!

By Shery 14 Jan 2013 5

I'm always saddened when I complete a stand alone book. Even more so when I come to realize that this is the author's debute, and that there are no new books to read as of yet.

The Night Circus is an amazing book, although it is not intended for everyone. The descriptions sweep you off your feet, and your imagination takes you to places not unlike Neverland or Middle Earth, despite the element of fantasy being much subtler.

Much like Chekhov's pieces, much of the plot here happens in the background. We do not see our protagonists fall in love, but are told so a few years later. We do not see the pieces within their game being moved, until the game is nearly complete. We see the ripples of actions, of dialogues, of stories, and above all, we cry and smile with the full cast of the book.

What few down sides that do exist (which, frankly, is only the fact that Marco and Celia are flat and not really interesting characters), are unimportant by the time reading is done.

This book was a pleasure to read, and I cannot wait for Morgenstern to publish more. Get to it.

By Leonor (Ner) 30 Nov 2012 5

Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"

"You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des R�?�?f�?â??�?�ªves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream." (~490, The Night Circus)

The Night Circus is anything like I've read before. It was such a dazzling journey I admit being quite speechless but I'll try to explain myself in this review though I believe it won't be coherent.

This book, brought to us by Erin Morgenstern, is a magical romance within a game in which Le Cirque des R�?�?f�?â??�?�ªves is the venue. We are presented to Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair and they need to prove to their mentors that one of them is stronger than the other. And what was once a competition, soon turns into demonstrations of affections through magic and illusions.

The circus isn't a normal circus. It appears out of thin air, without warning and you never know when it'll disappear. As soon as you approach the fence, you understand it's not an ordinary circus with clowns and animals and tricksters. Instead, you find several tents, each one even more wonderful than the other. And despite being a circus, it lacks colour, the black and white stripes and main pallet being the only colour around you. Apart from one or two shades of red from the R�?�?f�?â??�?�ªveurs.

Morgenstern created a breathtaking book that hooks since chapter one. As soon as you enter the circus, you don't wish to leaves it and when you stop reading it even for a minute, you barely recognise your world and know where you are. You don't know what's real and what's not.

The writing was beautifully developed. There's two distinct timelines within the book that twist together at the end. You might find it complicated to read two different moments in time, but the way Erin divided them and marked them was rather smart. At each change, she would add a small description of the circus, letting us get inside it as a visitor rather than a reader. I found those small snippets a brilliant way to caught our attention to the venue.

I will be utter honest with you, I am trying to resume something I felt so personal I believe I'm not actually making any sense at all. This book is a total excited and mystical experience it differs from person to person and you need to go through it to fully understand my statements. You need to visit the various tents, the various characters and moments in this book to understand the magnitude of what Erin Morgenstern created. It lies within your feelings rather than in your writing 'cause, for me, it's being a difficult task for me to put it in words.

Magic works in mysterious ways and, for me, this book was a dazzling journey in which love conquers all and dreams are told to come true. With this story, I believed in the power of magic and, I can honestly admit, I've became a R�?�?f�?â??�?�ªveur.

"Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all." (~482, The Night Circus)

Review quote

"This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for" -- Audrey Niffenegger "The only response to this novel is simply: wow.It is a breathtaking feat of imagination, a flight of fancy that pulls you in and wraps you up in its spell" The Times "Enchanting ... I was compelled by the world itself - by its saturated colours and textures, its unexpected smells and tastes. It is - a surprisingly rare thing in fiction - a strikingly beautiful world, in spite of its darkness" -- Claire Messud Guardian "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" -- Tea Obreht Author Of The Tiger's Wife "One of the most beautiful novels of the year" Observer