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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A magical tale, a love story and so much more. - LibraryThing
It was open ended and I hate open ended endings. - LibraryThing
The writing was impeccable. - LibraryThing
The premise seems fairly straighforward. - LibraryThing
The plot was unexceptional. - LibraryThing
I was also a bit dissapointed about the ending. - LibraryThing

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When people ask if I liked this book, the only response I can give them is a shrug of the shoulders and an "eh". Granted this is better than a glare at the mention of the name followed by an ... Read full review

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User Review  - JosP - LibraryThing

I love this story. The writing was impeccable. It made me feel like I was truly at the circus inside one of the tents. The book was a little confusing at times because you go back and forth between ... 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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