The Night Circus: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2011 - Fiction - 387 pages
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RÍves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love--a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per≠formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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A magical tale, a love story and so much more. - LibraryThing
The ending was a bit unsatisfying. - LibraryThing
A mesmerizing puzzle in plot, setting, and characters. - LibraryThing
The writing was impeccable. - LibraryThing
It was open ended and I hate open ended endings. - LibraryThing
The premise seems fairly straighforward. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

The Night Circus is like episodes of a really sweet drama in book form. All the chapters are connected and it all blends into a magnificent story. The writing flow was good and had excellent diction ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gina Wade mcdonald - Goodreads

I read this book against all inner instincts telling me not too, because it was different A's had a 4 star rating. I really wanted it to be great, concept was so promising, but it was oh so dull and ... Read full review

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ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and multimedia artist who describes all her work as being “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts.

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