The Night Circus

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Doubleday Canada, 2011 - Circus - 400 pages
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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
A magical tale, a love story and so much more. - LibraryThing
The romance badly done with no character development. - LibraryThing
Magical, beautiful imagery, interesting characters. - LibraryThing

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"The Night Circus" is a delightful tale. This is not your average circus, but rather it is a very unique and special one that appears unannounced during the night and leaves just as suddenly. The ... Read full review

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The Night Circus is delightfully unique. It arrives without warning, opens only at night, and closes at dawn the following day. The black and white striped tents contain wonders seen nowhere else, and ... 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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