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User Review  - pife43 - LibraryThing

I loved this book. Even though it changed time periods frequently, (noted at the beginning of each new chapter), it flowed nicely, was easy to follow, and had a great story. It is partly a love story ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnEKerry - LibraryThing

Enchanting, beautifully written, and I liked the idea behind the novel. My one criticism would be that I didn't feel much happened, and I didn't completely buy in to "the game." I never feared for ... Read full review

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User Review  - angie.arciba - LibraryThing

I loved this book. This was one of those book that made want to be one of the characters. The way it explained every tent on the circus everything it was so magical and I really hope this book will ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

This was very close to getting five stars. I felt a little slighted at the end, but maybe because I just always want more than there is to a story. I really want to have my own Midnight Dinner. It sounds really fun! Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormam - LibraryThing

Almost a five-star, but not quite - I loved this! The world of the circus is absolutely enchanting, and it sucks you right in. There is a lot of description, and I can see from some other reviews that ... Read full review

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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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User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

I adored this book for about four-fifths of it, and based only on that 80%, I would recommend the book heartily to any reader. Though it has obvious and unrepentant elements of fantasy, the novel ... Read full review

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User Review  - QS - Goodreads

I'm having a really hard time trying to sort out how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was absolutely beautiful, mostly serene, and sometimes heartbreaking, but it wasn't what I expected. First ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meghan Krogh - Goodreads

This was a really lovely book, though thin in places, and I think the author prizes her sense of mysteriousness (or the impression of mystery, rather than true mystery) over telling a tale that's ... Read full review


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