The Night Circus

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Doubleday Canada, Sep 13, 2011 - Fiction
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In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story.

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.


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Expertly-crafted, luxuriant prose. - LibraryThing
The plot was sluggish. - LibraryThing
Magical writing mixed with a fantastic, whimsical tale. - LibraryThing
Magical, beautiful imagery, interesting characters. - LibraryThing
The romance badly done with no character development. - LibraryThing
The ending was unexpected, but it was a good ending. - LibraryThing

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This is one of those books that you love for the pure enjoyment of reading (listening to) it, rather than the actual depth of the characters/plot. I don't usually enjoy novels that don't have depth to ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

On the one had, you have here a magical story of star-crossed lovers, something we are well familiar with. On the other hand, the story is played out against a canvas that for my experience at least ... Read full review

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ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two very fluffy cats.


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