The Night Circus

The Night Circus

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2011]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780385534635
Branch Call Number: Morgenstern, E
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 06, 2020

Some books, luckily, are not about the plot and even not about the characters or character development (why are so many people evaluating their readings on such things, like they are making analysis at school with template questions?), but about atmosphere and pure beauty. I was caught up in this book and liked it greatly.

Dec 08, 2019

This was a fantastic book - possibly my favourite book of the year, and the only one so far that made me not want to pick up another book after I finished this one, because I didn't want to leave this enchanted world that it sets up. I'm not even usually a fan of magical realism, but this book had me hooked from beginning to end. I'd definitely recommend it!

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 02, 2019

With the release of The Starless Sea I thought it would be a good idea to reread The Night Circus and remind myself of what, exactly, makes it so magical. I detest those marketing blurbs "this book is like if X-popular book met Y-popular book" but in the interest of time I do think it is valuable to say that Morgenstern's writing reminds me strongly of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. While the characters are important, it is the circus, the sense of wonder as both a reader and as experienced by visitors to the circus, that makes the book unforgettable. Fair warning: if you need a lot of action and reliance on plot, this may not be the book for you.

BUT, if you love atmospheric writing, you'll find yourself in good company with the Rêveurs of the Night Circus. The circus is the venue by which the magicians Celia and Marco will compete for dominance, but the circus, for them, becomes the outward manifestation of their hopes and fears. Just as a circus isn't meant only for the performers, the circus: its magic, its allure and its strife, draws unsuspecting players, and readers, under its spell.

FPL_RachelR Nov 11, 2019

"The Circus arrives without warning."

This is my favorite book, despite being a firm believer in not choosing favorites. Adventure, mystery, romance; a little bit of everything.

The audiobook is *Fabulous* too! Jim Dale is the best!

Aug 03, 2019

A fantastical love story spans the last decades of the Victorian era; all while traveling the world in a magical black and white circus that is open only at night. Two illusionists bound to a challenge at a young age, not meeting until their early 20’s and then a few more years to know that the other is their opponent. Marco and Celia will take you on a journey through their love for each other that can never be more than longing glances, stolen kisses that cause an entire room to blush with heat and circus tents disguised as love letters.
Join Le Cirque des Rêves on a journey you will not forget. After one reading you too will become a Rêveurs.
I have read this book multiple times and gifted many copies. One of my favorite books ever, I discover something new each time I read it. You will want to keep reading until the end and then want more. Reading tip: pay attention to the chapter headings; each chapter is a different time and location.

Jul 25, 2019

An extraordinary circus that only appears at night. A circus so incredible and fascinating that some call it magical, not realizing that they are closer to the truth than they thought. For behind the scenes two young magicians are locked in an epic battle, a struggle in which only one can be left standing- although they do now know this yet. Amidst the turmoil, the two find themselves falling headfirst in love, setting off a chain reaction with consequences for all. I loved the descriptions of the circus found throughout the story, which showed a wide scope of imagination. This was a beautiful novel to read, highly recommended for day dreamers and fans of fantasy. Luckily, the plot had enough mystery and intrigue to keep me reading it for more than the just the circus. However, one aspect that did suffer, or at least seem rushed, was the romance between Marco and Celia. With many elements to balance, it’s understandable that character development suffers sometimes. However, I had a hard time rooting for the two magicians to triumph and end up together, which made reading a bit of a challenge. Despite the troubles with relationship growth, this was still a highly enjoyable read. 4.5/5 Stars. @viedelabibliothèque of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Apr 25, 2019

This book is reading outside the box for me. It was recommended by a friend, so I gave it a try. I liked the story line and the characters more than I expected. The ending, however, was disappointing for me. I did not see the "passing on" of the circus to a new lovable person as a "gift". Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

While the world building is amazing, and the circus is particularly unique and fun to read about the plot is dated and uninteresting. A love story similar in style to Twilight or 50 Shades, it no longer hits the mark in 2019. The plot itself is weak and underdeveloped, nothing really starts to happen until 1/2 way in. Then once things start to happen the big question becomes Why? Nothing is really explained in the way it should be, and come the end of the novel I wondered why we wasted half the book just talking about the circus if it ultimately had nothing to do with the story.

Feb 21, 2019

This book is magical. I enjoyed the characters and the writing style.

Jan 25, 2019

You cannot imagine the wonder of this book. Others have said much of it already, so I'll keep it brief: READ THIS BOOK.

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Jan 01, 2020

When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.

Nov 27, 2019

The circus arrives without warning.

Jul 11, 2015

"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."

Jun 27, 2015

"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."

Sep 21, 2012

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

JewelMcLatchy Apr 18, 2012

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.


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midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

E_Kaufman Apr 06, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.


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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

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.

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