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The Night Circus

Format:  Hardcover,

387 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780385534635

ISBN-10: 0385534639

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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 Reves," 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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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780385534635
ISBN-10: 0385534639
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 387
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-12-01)

Morgenstern's immersive debut novel, already an indite favorite, portrays life in the meticulously created and spectacularly magical Le Cirque de's Reves. Behind the scenes of the secretive circus live many refugees from the plain world outside, including Celia and Marco, prisoners of their fathers' lethal competition to pit the world's best magicians against each other. (LJ 6/15/11)

Review by Library Journal (2011-06-15)

To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque de's Reves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist.

As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat.

Verdict: Debut novelist Morgenstern has written a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely believable. The smells, textures, sounds, and sights are almost palpable. A literary Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, this read is completely magical.

[See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.] - Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Locus Awards, 2012 (United States)
  • Alex Awards, 2012 (United States)
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, 2012 (United States)
  • Galaxy National Book Award, 2011 (United Kingdom)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2011 (United States)

Book description

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 Rêves, 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 per­formers 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 3.5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Buy this book. Do not borrow it. Do not plan to read it all at once. It is like nothing I have ever read in my 78 years. It took me two readings but would have been more enjoyable had I owned it and could put it away for a while between reading attempts. How unbelieveable can be made believable, while making me feel right there is amazing. As I said buy it or at least give it another chance. You will live a fantastic fairy tale if you allow it.(This purchase is for a daughter.) 04/09/2012
Rated 3 out of 5★ by slow This is unlike any book I've read this year so that was refreshing. Its worth it to finish but it is a slow read. I enjoyed it but 2 people I recommended it too gave up mid book. Its so different its worth getting through it to find the conclusion. 02/27/2012
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