The Night Circus

The Night Circus

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Description

The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:

Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign lights up:

Le Cirque des Reves
The Circus of Dreams

The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition.
They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.

Now the circus is open
Now you may enter

BACKSTORY: Read an interview with Erin Morgenstern about how she invented her circus
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 129 x 188 x 33mm | 448g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784871052
  • 9781784871055
  • 17,891

Review quote

"This is a marvellous book. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for" -- Audrey Niffenegger "Lush, evocative, dreamlike...a magical, coming-of-age story" * Sunday Times * "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 * "Deliciously inventive... Don't imagine this is a light, frothy tale. For all her humorous touches, Morgernstern...has produced something darker than night" -- Mary Crockett * Scotsman * "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 *
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About Erin Morgenstern

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
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Review Text

"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"
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Rating details

482,725 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 40% (194,389)
4 34% (162,083)
3 18% (85,548)
2 6% (29,156)
1 2% (11,549)
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