The Night Circus Paperback – Sep 15 2011
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I do wish I had enjoyed it as much as everyone else on here seems to have.
Somewhere around the middle of this book I realized I didn't really care what happened to the two main characters, and I lost interest in making the effort to piece together what was really going on. The whole premise that was ruling their lives seemed a bit pathetic and I ended up feeling that the ending didn't really matter to me.
I was wrong. This book was absolutely fantastic. Possibly one of the best I've read. I'll apologize in advance, because this review will likely just be me talking about everything I loved about this book.
This book promises a lot. The summary is long and hints towards quite a few things that happen throughout the story. Much to my surprise, this wasn't even half of the points that make up this book. There are so many stories and characters and places, and they all revolve around this circus that appears at random and operates only when night has fallen. It should have made this a very dense, difficult read, and it really wasn't. I read this book in a matter of hours, despite the 500 pages.
The Good Points of The Night Circus:
The characters! This book wouldn't work if all of the characters weren't fully developed and put together in such a way that drives the story forward. You fall in love with them, get frustrated with them, want to smack them, and so on throughout the whole story. They actually feel real enough that you think you could do those things.
The visuals and atmosphere is absolutely incredible. The descriptions (something I tend to skip in other books) were gorgeous, and the feeling of excitement and wonder that the author creates made me long to go to this circus. This is, in part, aided by short sections that are dispersed throughout the book, written in second person, that describes your journey through the event and the different things you see.Read more ›
Erin Morgenstern did a fantastic job in creating a rich and palatable dream world in The Night Circus. It offers everything one could ask for in a novel: magic, romance, intrigue, rivalry. Her characters are unique and their lives keep you turning pages well into the night.
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Le Cirque des Réves
(The Circus of Dreams)
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn."
But what visitors don't know is that the circus is a venue for a game. A game between two enigmatic magicians (although they are much more than simple magicians) of indeterminate age and otherworldly skills. Each has chosen a player and trained them for many years. And now that the circus is open, the game begins. The young players, Celia and Marco, are not even sure of the rules, how a winner will be dictated or what the playing should even consist of. And so we follow the circus, the game and the lives of everyone touched by the magic.
Where Morgenstern absolutely excels is in imagination. She has conjured up fanciful, magical places and times. Her prose are rich and lush, painting very vivid images. I often found myself rereading these passages and imagining what one of the attractions would be like. For the attractions at the Cirque des Réves are unlike any other. Each tent contains an unfathomable wonder that you may have only dreamed of.
I loved the following imagery - books as both vehicle and voyage.
"When she opens her eyes, they are standing on the quarterdeck of a ship in the middle of the ocean. Only the ship is made of books, it's sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Interesting read. You quickly get lost in the magic world. Hard to put it down once you start.Published 16 hours ago by Barry
This was recommended to me if I enjoyed the Harry Potter series. While not at all alike, both demand that you suspend reality and open your imagination to what a 'magical' world... Read morePublished 2 months ago by cheryl mattice
One of my all-time favourite books. I hope they make it into a movie one day.Published 3 months ago by MacKenzie
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I really enjoyed this book, and I LOVED the beautiful descriptions of the circus itself. Read more
Beautifully written, a story that let your imagination soar and give you beautiful dreams.Published 5 months ago by S. Finn
Just couldn't get into the book and gave it away before finishing it.Published 5 months ago by Doris
An amazing book that is beautifully written. You don't want to put it down, or for it to end. Would recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing read.Published 6 months ago by Connor McCarthy