The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Book rating: 05 Paperback Harvill Secker

By (author) Erin Morgenstern

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 34mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846555248
  • ISBN 13: 9781846555244
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 5,493

Product description

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love...A fabulous, fin-de-siecle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, "The Night Circus" is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.

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

Customer reviews

By Akhmal Aiman 29 Dec 2011 5

Apart from its intriguing, sinister secrets that lie beneath the night circus, the way Morgenstern describes the circus is very graphic.

Throughout the book, here and there, you would find yourself lost in the circus, desperate to savour the caramel, and see the magical bonfire stands before your eyes.

Tent filled with ice garden, layers of clouds, bottles filled with scents of beach etc.

A book you definitely don't want to miss reading.

Hope they are thinking of making a movie based on it. If there is, I would be the first one to get the ticket.

By Louise Marsh 16 Nov 2011 5

Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus?

You will after reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

You don't read this book so much as discover it.

It's like chancing upon an old wooden trunk in the corner of a dusty attic and opening it up to reveal wondrous treasures inside.

Set in the late 1800s, The Night Circus tells the story of Celia Bowen, daughter of Prospero the Enchanter, and Marcus Alasdair, protégé of sorts to the mysterious man in the grey suit.

A battle of skills awaits them. But what is the Challenge? When will it take place? And how does the mysterious Le Cirque des Reves - The Circus of Dreams - fit in?

The Night Circus is an enchanting book. I was captivated and intrigued from its opening pages.

Morgenstern creates vivid scenes of circus life filled with acts to delight and amaze. I could almost smell the scents of caramel and bonfire wafting from its pages.

The Night Circus is Water for Elephants meets Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory meets Cirque du Soleil meets Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Shadow of the Wind.

It's one of the most magical books I've read all year.

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"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." -- Audrey Niffenegger "Pure pleasure...Erin Morgenstern is a gifted, classic storyteller, a tale-teller, a spinner of the charmed and mesmerizing - I had many other things I was supposed to be doing, but the book kept drawing me back in and I tore through it. You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of reveurs all its own." Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake "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 "Every once in awhile you find a novel so magical that there is no escaping its spell. The Night Circus is one of these rarities - engrossing, beautifully written and utterly enchanting. If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it." Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology "'Dark as soot and bright as sparks,' The Night Circus still holds me willingly captive in a world of almost unbearable beauty. This is a love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends. Take a bow, Erin Morgenstern. This is one of the best books I have ever read." Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader