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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 fli Five Things About THE NIGHT CIRCUSOrdinarily when I do my recommendations I do a “five re

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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 uniue experience full of breathtaking amazements It is called Le Cirue 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 If I could trade places with anyone in the world it’d be with someone experiencing this b The Lost Predator (Primeval, experience full of breathtaking amazements It is called Le Cirue 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 If I could trade places with anyone in the world it’d be with someone Million Dollar Marriage (Million Dollar, experiencing this b

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Cker 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 hea I have uite honestly never had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book I want to go back


10 thoughts on “The Night Circus

  1. says:

    Contains some minor spoilersI disliked this book which means I ought to rate it one star but it is not as awful as my one star shelf One star books have to really repulse me to get that rating The only redeeming thing about The Night Circus is that I didn't feel the one star compulsion to start a bonfire so I could properly dispose of it hence two stars but in this case it does not mean I enjoyed the book at allFrom the Goodreads summary 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 handsThe above is a series of filthy filthy lies intended to make you part with your money Did the person who wrote the description read the same book I read? Or did he get so bored that he fell asleep and was forced to wing it for a deadline? If that's the case I feel for the poor guy since I fell asleep reading this a few times but I don't forgive the liesLie Number One A Fierce Competition What Actually Happens Instead of reading about a battle of wits ingenuity and talent taking place on a magical field you get two slugs racing against each other over the course of sixteen or so years Yeah all those extra years might kill the intensity but think of the emotional investment you make in those slugs You can bring your new born baby to see them and go again every year as the fierce competition between the two of them goes on and on and on and on and on view spoilerand on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on hide spoiler


  2. says:

    If I could trade places with anyone in the world it’d be with someone experiencing this book for the first timeI feel like my life is just a series of intense obsessions because I'm pretty sure this book has just become one of my defining personality traits I've stayed up reading it until the early hours of the misty morning rugged up so tight in the story even my soul felt warm I wish I could inject this story into my blood stream My heart is literally swelling with so much love I don't even know what to do with all of it “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 that they might do because of it because of your words That is your role your gift” There is some kind of magic feeling about this book that I can’t explain with words It was like sharing a four hundred pages moment that meant nothing but the closing of space and left nothing but a memory you're not even sure wasn't a dream This is the kind of book you remember when you close your eyes and bathe in the moment of a sunset The spiritual euivalent of waking up to someone stroking your face with a petal The story was like the color wheel Everything was blended I can tell you distinctly that it started with a challenge thirty years before Two magicians masuerading around with such arrogance And a Circus of Dreams But then the mystery takes on a life of its own slowly borning all around you and that’s when you get to the shades and hues the unnamed colors and you can’t tell where it stopped being one color and started being the otherThere were just so many twists and turns that your grip on reality and emotions leaves you And it's like when you think there's gonna be another step but your foot just goes through thin air and your whole world drops out from under you for a second “You think as you walk away from Le Cirue des Rêves and into the creeping dawn that you felt awake within the confines of the circus You are no longer uite certain which side of the fence is the dream” If the writing could take on a human vessel she'd be wearing a haute couture dress and a princess tiara and running around a stone palace with sunlight and enough mirrors around to bask in the aesthetic glory It was so beautiful that I was in a constant state of paralysis I mean it might have just been different symbols and concepts and scenarios but it was crazy how when brought up together they had the power to twist emotions and make you cry or laugh or want to scream in frustrationI also loved the characters so much They were all multifaceted and morally ambigous giving you the impression of being a wispy shape that appears in the corner of your eye when you're wandering through the streets at night and that you can never uite make out when you look for it but still you wonder what it could have been except Widge Poppet—they're the only pure thing left in this world and my heart is sucking both of them in with all the power of an anteater’s tongueI've honestly just gotten tired of waking up and immediately reflecting on the insignificance and impermanence of life I want to go with them on a long train ride through Europe following the circus from location to location and occasionnally stoping at little cafés and eating at corner restaurants and spending nights together drinking on the balcony of a hotel room “I would have written you myself if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you A sea of ink would not be enough But you built me dreams instead” I've experienced 446 different shades of emotions reading this book but I can say without a shade of doubt that The Night Circus has just become one of my favorite books of all time☆ ko fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆


  3. says:

    Wedding cakes are typically the prettiest cakes but they are almost never the tastiest cakes I am not a cake expert can I be one though? Is that a thing I can be? but it seems to me that the tools necessary to make a cake exceptionally pretty a vat of fondant to start also contribute to the cake not tasting all that good unless you somehow really like fondant which is incorrectDon't misunderstand me I have no issue with cake The right decorations the right frosting buttercream preferably chocolate the right consistency moist but not crumbly the right layering chocolate mousse it is a perfect example of a food that does one thing but does it very well And that's fineBut a gorgeous wedding cake covered in fondant and appliues is only gorgeous until you cut into it take a bit and realize hmmm It's pretty and all but you could do with a bit less artifice and a bit of the good stuff The cake partThe Night Circus is a wedding cake with fondant that goes nearly all the way down It is an exceptionally pretty cake captivating intensely visual ornate and delicately constructed with unruly swirls of back and white and surprising splashes of vivid red But what is underneath? Oh there it is a little bit of cake way down at the bottom It's pretty good too Light airy a hint of chocolate and smoke But all that sculpted icing has lodged in your throat and it's kind of hard to swallowErin Morgenstern writes beautifully This is a book about dueling magicians and bewitching enchantments set in the Victorian age circus so you can probably imagine what you're going to read but she decorates her world remarkably well creating magical attractions that are lightly sketched allowing them to grow in your imagination I want to play in the vertical cloud maze and climb to the top and jump into a sea of wispy fluffBut good lord just re read that paragraph Magicians Victorian circus cloud maze sea of fluff? Eye roll? I've read a few circus books and I should probably get it into my head that they are almost never for me because too much of this stuff can get to be a bit much Insufferably twee I might have commented Did I mention is is also a star cross'd romance? With achingly dippily sincere lovers?I mean whatever that's fine I can handle romance I can handle reading long elegant passages about the sets of various Tim Burton films Just give me a good storyBut I don't think this book has a very good story It is all setting tone establishing a mood The story just kind of sits there down at the bottom under all that decoration It isn't that interesting and certainly not an entirely stable foundation But maybe if it was jazzed up a bit? Put some filler in there a framing device a needlessly fractured timeline Does that make it taste better? Not really The additional flavors are nice enough They keep you eating reading anyway I can't remember if I am still talking about cakeNow for a paragraph that I won't be able to shoehorn into the strained theme of this review but it needs to be said nonetheless I don't like it when books about magic put zero parameters on what magic can do or how it is The magic in this book is unrestrained and excessive and after a while very boring to read about It powers the attractions at the Circus of Dreams but with no restraints the attractions can be literally anything So why was I yawning halfway through the act? This book has received intense advance hype and it will probably be a huge seller Probably But I'm not sure If I wanted to further stretch my metaphor I would point out that you buy cakes at Jewel all the time but you only buy a wedding cake once Addendum to Danielle Trussoni I found your blurb on the back of this book to be as uninspiring as your debut novel Do you really want to be the blurb whore who speaks of a book that is explicitly about magic with phrases like so magical there is no escaping its spell? Also enchanting? Also If you read just one novel this year this is it? Really? As long as it isn't your book I guess


  4. says:

    Five Things About THE NIGHT CIRCUSOrdinarily when I do my recommendations I do a “five reasons to read ” but I think opinions will be so divided on THE NIGHT CIRCUS that I think “things about” will be useful1 This novel is not what it says it is Well back page copy is always a weird thing anyway as it’s not written by the author And a weirder thing because it is essentially a glamour shot of the novel It is not a lie But it isn’t really what the novel looks like when it’s wandering around in its bathrobe getting coffee and trying to figure out if that smell is coming from the kitchen sink disposal or under the table The resemblance is always a bit sketchy THE NIGHT CIRCUS’ resemblance to its cover copy is sketchier than most2 This novel is about a thing It has people in it too but it is mostly about a thing the eponymous circus It’s told in third person omniscient which means it sounds like God is narrating the thing if God decided he really loved black and white tents and fancy umbrellas The voice that narrates this book is interested in humans too but mostly about how humans make the circus and the circus’ magic interesting3 This is not a romance There is a love story in it which is good because love makes the world go round but it is not a romance If you go in imagining to be swept off your feet from page one you can keep on imagining The novel starts before our lovebirds have hit puberty so you’re going to have to imagine for uite awhile 4 The circus is not really a circus This is fine by me because I actually don’t care for circuses They smell the animals always have that look of dubious maltreatment no I don’t want to win a prize by shooting that thing off that other thing over there and also clowns look a little grubby to me No the Night Circus is a circus in the respect that there are tents and there are performers and some of them are acrobats Mostly it is a place where pretty pretty magic is passed off as illusion so that us muggles won’t be scared by it I’d go to that circus 5 This is not a thriller This is a not an action packed adventure It’s not even a simmering revenge or bubbling rivalry novel It is a novel about a thing with love in it and it spans over a decade If you have a problem with that idea it’s best you walk away now But if you like Ann Patchett or Audrey Niffeneggar novels or if you really thought JONATHAN STRANGE MR NORRELL was the bee’s knees well WELL You have just found your next read Enjoy I did


  5. says:

    The Night Circus will be a 5 star book for a certain reader This reader likes a lot of descriptions doesn't mind a very slow story and has a soft spot for circuses I am not that reader I prefer imagery to complement a plot rather than substitute itThe plot summary of The Night Circus promised many enticing things but delivered in my opinion only on one lush imagery of a mysterious circus that was a collaborative creation of two rivaling magicians The book was good 80% description of various circus tents performances dinners and pretty visual acts of magic I did enjoy it for the first 40 pages or so but it got old very very uickly It got tiresome it felt indulgentThe remaining 20% were dedicated to a battle between the two magicians that consisted of making up pretty things to impress each other yes you read that right no actual combating of any sorts in this fierce competition and a lukewarm romance that came out of the magicians' fascination with each other's creations from a distance rather than interacting in any meaningful wayMy resulting disappointment with the novel had also a lot to do with the writing style Morgenstern chose to write in present tense 3rd person It worked well for describing imagery but made the narrative distant detached and the characters unrelatable and flat To be honest I am not sure if The Night Circus can even make a decent movie the rights were bought by Summit There was not much drama there or action the story was anti climactic the love was dull and the magic was only vaguely defined and seemed to have no rules and limitations I am thoroughly puzzled by the book's comparisons to Harry Potter


  6. says:

    The prose sparkles and the story itself is a feat of magical acrobatics It's a hard book to summarize but basically two ancient magicians set their two best pupils against one another in a magical contest Its venue? A mysterious circus that only appears at night The only problem the contestants don't really know the rules or how victory is determined And when the contestants start falling in love which each other things get complicated


  7. says:

    I have uite honestly never had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book I want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again I justI have no words


  8. says:

    Aw hell I'm going to rate this 45 stars I can't resist this book was so freaking good I don't normally change my ratings so don't expect this TOO often My feelings are so conflicted about this book I don't know whether to immortalize it for all eternity in a frame on my wall or throw it into the fire So how the hell am I supposed to rate this book? A million stars one star 837 stars what? In the end I did some crazy overly complicated math that really makes so sense in my head and came out with four which I raised to 45 because I'm such a weakling stars For the longest time during the book over two hundred and fifty pages I thought that I disliked this book for some very specific reasons but this is where the confusing part comes in so hang with me for a second once you get to the end you realize that you only thought you hated those parts and it was really all part of Morgenstern's brilliant planI know a few of you are probably giving me this look right nowDon't worry though I'll explain Let me start by saying that this is a book you definitely have to read twice The first time you really aren't going to understand all of the nuances and parts of this story until well until it's way too late That's something pretty special and rare about this book; it reminds me a lot of Great Expectations in that way Let me try to elaborate with since I know you guys love this sooooo much a story Most books andor series that you read these days you pretty much know the whole plot sometimes even books before the TSTL character does and how it's going to end in a predicable sappy cheezy blah blah blah you've read it a million times kind of ending; sometimes even just a couple of pages into the novel In The Night Circus you really don't The plot strings start out so loosely that you can see little to no connection to them besides the two obvious ones with Marco and Celia You've seen loose strings before in many a sloppy novel so you just dismiss out all of ones you deemed unimportant in your eyes and focus on Marco and Celia Wrong move You get and confused as the book goes on; what's with all the other POVs and time jumps? Really just a general what the hell is going on? But that's not the truth; while you're so eagerly and attentively looking at your two little strings Morgenstern brings all of those other little strings closerand closerand closer together until unbeknownst to you she starts weaving them in with Marco and Celia As I said you're still in the dark about most of it but you do notice that the book is getting better but don't realize until there's only about forty pages left that holy fucking shit your two little strings that you started out with is now a huge complicated rope but the book won't let you stop and analyze it It carries you forward in a wave of sheer awesomeness as you devour every page Then you get to the end of the book and your brain blows up It literally blows into a million billion little pieces all over wherever you're sitting as your cat crawls all over you and nips your ankles which is why I suggest you don't finish this book in a public place because you will be incapacitated for several minutes and look like an invalid image error


  9. says:

    2019 UPDATE The still breathing film adaptation due from Lionsgate gets a directorof an EPIC flop that raked in a whopping 15MM on an investment of 95MMSounds like a wizard idea doesn't it? Simply corking Who better to guide a beautiful book onto the oh so welcoming moviegoing audience's radarRating 6 of fiveSometimes some books just don't lend themselves to an analytical opinionated review I'm reluctant to do that kind of review here and now because the experience of reading The Night Circus was like smelling a magnolia blossomperfect sweet rich satisfying a need I didn't know I had until it was metbut to examine it to handle it even gently risks that somehow the magical smooth gorgeously textured vessel of chastely erotic pleasure that this book is will let it begin inexorably and inevitably to brown and curl and die and becomejust a wonderful bookI'm not ready for real life yet I want the magic to linger just a little longerThe physical book itself was a Christmas gift to me from a GoodReads friend and to him I offer humble thanks on bended knee This was in the top five reading experiences of my life and will most likely remain there for the rest of it I am changed and exalted And it is thanks to you and your gift to me This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  10. says:

    “How can I excel at a game when you refuse to tell me the rules?”I guess “The Night Circus” is one of those books that make it especially hard to write a proper review and if I’m entirely honest I have to admit that I don’t even know where to start It was unlike any other book I’ve ever read and therefore the usual structure of my reviews just doesn’t seem to be appropriate let alone to fit ”I would have written you myself if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you A sea of ink would not be enough”To use it for such a particular book would be as good as impossible and since I’m no part of “Le Cirue des Rêves” all I’m able to do is to resort to the written word and to hope that it will suffice to convey all of my diverse emotions And heaven knows there are plenty of them ; ”There’s emotion” she says “Deep emotion but you are only on the shore of it still near the surface while it is waiting to pull you under”Just like Herr Thiessen I shall forever be a “Rêveur” a Dreamer who looks at “The Night Circus” with wide eyes getting lost in the intoxicating smell of the impossible and wonderful I will wear my red scarf and explore the mysteries of this incredible and lovely place and as I walk down those countless tents and see all the different signs I’ll pray that it will never lose its charm Because places like that are special They rarely or barely exist in the dull light of our daily world the knowledge we soon will have to leave this venue only igniting our wish to stay ”Why haven’t you asked me how I do my tricks?” Celia asks once they have reached the point where she is certain he is not simply being polite about the matterFriedrick considers the uestion thoroughly before he responds“Because I do not wish to know” he says “I prefer to remain unenlightened to better appreciate the dark”We want to experience the magic want to marvel at its beauty and strangeness at its impossibility and rareness ”She is radiant For a moment while they look at each other he cannot remember what he is meant to be doing or why she is handing him a piece of paper with the number twenty three written on it in his own handwriting”The love between Celia and Marco is a never ending well of creativity sweeping us off our feet making us long for The details of their creations are incredible the love and dedication they put into their work so delightful that we can’t help but get lost in their tents Each night we try to explore another one sometimes we end up returning to those we already know ”I only hope that was as pleasurable a sensation for you as it was for me”To be one of the “Rêveurs” is a constant struggle a never ending fight to find a balance between exploration and devotion We want to indulge ourselves in the familiar yet at the same time we want to surrender to the new At a place that’s made to be impossible literally everything seems to be feasible as long as you’re willing to give it a try ”Am I close enough for your illusion?” she asks“If I say no will you come closer?” he retaliates not bothering to hide his grinThe only thing that never bends is time itself though It slips through your fingers while you explore the circus while you get lost in so many people’s dreams It runs out before you even know it the intricate dancing clock merciless as it continues to tick ”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”You’re too distracted to pay any attention to your surroundings though too preoccupied with the performance of the red haired twins As the sun finally begins to rise you realise that you have neither visited “The Ice Garden” nor “The Cloud Maze” There’s only enough time left to do one thing and you barely thought it before you’re already standing in front of the last tent you’re going to visit tonight “The Wishing Tree” is spreading its branches into endless night countless candles flickering in the dim light “Let me return to the circus” You plead as you light another candle feverishly hoping and praying your wish might come true ”All around him lights are popping to life along the tents flickering like fireflies”


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