Published by Knopf Double Day on September 13, 2011
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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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 Reves," and it is only open at night.\r\n\r\nBut 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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable 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.\r\n\r\nTrue love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
Once in a while, a book comes along that is absolutely magical. A book that pulls you in and amazes you with the world it creates, makes you wish that you could step inside and live there. A book that you know you will read again, because you just have to revisit that world. This was The Night Circus for me. I was fascinated by the circus and its performers, and I couldn’t get enough of the descriptions of each tent – I wanted to visit them all! The sights and smells of the circus were so perfectly described that I felt like I was there. And that clock! I just want to sit and watch the clock. This is not a quick read. It’s not a book filled with non-stop action or one that you can breeze through. This is a book filled with details to be savored. It builds slowly and is subtle – there were times when I wondered just where we were going, although I was loving every minute of getting there. It takes place over many years, and there are a lot of characters. I adored Bailey and Poppet, and enjoyed his view of being the outsider, looking in and experiencing each aspect of the circus with childlike joy and wonder. I could picture myself walking through the circus in quite the same way that he did. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern was narrated by Jim Dale, who also narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks. His voice was absolutely perfect for this story, and made it even more magical for me. I loved listening to the audiobook; it immediately transported me to Le Cirque des Reves, and I was completely captivated. My only issue with the story was that I immediately knew how the duel was intended to end, and it took Celia a good portion of the book to figure it out. Otherwise, it was perfection. Quirky, magical, unique perfection.
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