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User Review  - whitreidtan - LibraryThing

I'm not much of a reader of the magical and fantastical (well, aside from Harry Potter). It just doesn't usually strike me as all that appealing when I am browsing through book descriptions. I tend to ... Read full review

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User Review  - joyhclark - LibraryThing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The fantastical elements were amazingly intricate. I was actually left feeling sad that such a circus does not exist! My only complaint, and the reason why I did not ... Read full review

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User Review  - tenaciousreader - LibraryThing

This was an enjoyable read. A little different than my typical books, but that is certainly not a bad thing. In fact, this is the only book I have read labeled 'Fantasy' that I would not hesitate to hand to anyone of my friends that do not read fantasy and say I think they would enjoy it. Read full review

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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

I have to say that it's not often I come across a book that I believe is truly imaginative. This is one. The Night Circus is a mystery and a romance and period piece, all told in shifting voice ... Read full review

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User Review  - Readanon - LibraryThing

While I absolutely hate the style in which it was written (present tense), I read it for a book club at work, and while still unhappy that it was in present tense, I found the story and characters very interesting. I would love to visit this circus if it existed! Read full review

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User Review  - steadfastreader - LibraryThing

Enchanting. The first word that comes to mind. Charming is the second. This is a great read. I love that the setting is as much of a character as the characters themselves. Good read. 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  - dms02 - LibraryThing

a very magical and whimsical love story. Jim Dale made it even better. Really nice characters and great details. Read full review

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User Review  - LaPhenix - LibraryThing

Fun and enchanting. I liked the stylistic choices, and the characters, and the story itself felt like an adventure. Read full review


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