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Review: The Night Circus

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Norah Piehl

When I was at the BookExpo America publishing convention earlier this year, I kept bumping into the same fancifully attired young people. Dressed in elaborate blackandwhite costumes, they were handing out snacks advertising the forthcoming publication of Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS. I had never heard of the author, and when I learned that this was, in fact, her debut novel, I was even more ... Read full review

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It creates a whole new world full of dreams, love, hope and desire. The circus is like a dream that you wish would never end. The book takes you on journey, by not going in chronological order. Morgenstern creates a conflict in the story with one character, but then uses a different character in another time as the solution. Morgenstern is a clever artist who is capable of depicting a magical world only through words. 

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"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones." Erin Morgenstern's quote in The Night Circus sums up my view on this book. I first bought this book as a Christmas gift for a friend, and long story short, as a result of a mix-up, I had two copies. I had read the back of the book many times, and just wasn't sure if it was something that would interest me. Eventually I decided to start reading it because I had just finished another book and couldn't decide what to read next. Wow. This book went beyond all of my expectations! I was drawn into it immediately and didn't want to put it down. This book is riveting, magical. I couldn't wait to keep reading it to find out what happened next. Every detail was described so thoroughly I could picture everything and felt like I was at the circus myself! I can't wait for Ms. Morgenstern to write another spellbinding novel!
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Les
This book is ultimatly my second favorite, if not tied for first, book of all time. The way it changed persepctives and travels from one character to another in chapters is captivating and
appealing to someone who gets bored with the events of a single character. Keeping the mind active and intrigued, it's a wonderful page turner. 

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I loved this book,most amazing piece of fiction i have read that rivals my thoughts on many older classics such as Alice in Wonderland,having a very similar feel to it,the mystery,the creativity you can just lose yourself in this book and thats a great quality for a book to have,the ability to melt the world around the reader
I loved Celia and Marco's relationship,i am still reading and find it the most enchanting part of the book,some times i think they are the best part of the book
I would highly recommend this for anyone who is a lover of Alice in Wonderland,or wants to read a magical story.
You will not be dissapointed
Love it.
 

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Fabulous
Amazing novel. Gripping, intense, and enchanting.

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Great book!!!!
People that read it and didnt like it , oh well ... i loved it! Very interesting plot, easy to read, the story absorbs u all and u cant put it down!

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Ame
Love it!

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Erin Morganstern’s debut novel The Night Circus is an enchanting tale of two illusionists battling each other in a magical contest within “Le Cirque des Reves”, the Circus of Dreams. Set in the late 1800’s, the circus travels from city to city, appearing in town, with no fanfare or notice. Gardens of ice, mazes of clouds, bonfires that never go out, and tent after tent of performers of unheard-of feats keep circus attendees amazed. The circus is made with magic, real magic; which weaves its spell on every aspect of the book.
Le Cirque des Reves mesmerizes fans throughout the world and inspires a group of “Reveres”, fans who follow the circus, but the circus of dreams is all backdrop to the secret contest of Celia and Marco. Both are magicians, who as children were bound by their father figures to compete in a secret contest against each other, creating illusions and manipulating objects, but they don’t know the rules or how the winner is determined.
The Night Circus is lush and vivid, a treat for the imagination. The split narrative can at times be confusing, as we are sent back and forth in time, but chapters are never boring. However, plot is slow to develop throughout this book. The reader does feel suspense building around the Celia and Marco, as they figure out the rules of their contest and fall head over heels in love with each other, but the book is generally one long descriptive narrative of the circus and the people surrounding it.
The supporting characters are so well imagined, like the tattooed contortionist Tsukiko; who can turn her body in amazing shapes, or Anna Padva; retired prima ballerina and costume designer of the circus, that they could exist in novels of their own. Sadly, they and other supporting characters are lost to the vivid backdrop and the story of Celia & Marco, and come away totally underused. Others like twins; Popit and Widget, born on opening night, who age while others involved in the circus never seem too, and their friend Baily, who dreams of life bigger than as a sheep farmer; shine just as bright as the circus. Baily’s simple desire to dream and the innocence of his youth while visiting a magical world remind the reader of an innocent time when anything is possible.
This book is not for everyone, it is slow to develop and may frustrate some readers who love action, but for those who love a bit of magic you may think this is the best debut novel you have ever read.
 

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