The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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14 Critic Reviews

I find the book enjoyably readable but very imbalanced, a feast of words that borders on self-indulgence.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

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.
 

About Erin Morgenstern

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Erin Morgenstern es una escritora y artista que describe toda su obra como "cuentos de hadas, de una forma u otra." Actualmente vive en Massachusetts.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Anchor. 401 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Night Circus
All: 14 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 9

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by STACEY D’ERASMO on Oct 07 2011

The novel is — and it’s an odd thing to say about a work of fiction — just too real to be believed.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by HorseLover3000 on Jan 27 2015

I would rate The Night Circus 11/10. I can easily say that it is the best stand alone book I have ever read, if not the best book I have ever read.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Olivia Laing on Sep 10 2011

...if her book isn't entirely satisfactory in the ways one might expect, it still functions as an eminently intriguing cabinet of curiosities.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 16 2011

Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Jean Wan on Jun 29 2015

I find the book enjoyably readable but very imbalanced, a feast of words that borders on self-indulgence.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Charles on Sep 13 2011

When Celia calls their circus a “wonder and comfort and mystery all together,” she could have been talking about this book.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by Simmy Richman on Oct 02 2011

The spell is broken when the story starts leaping backwards and forwards in time...Suddenly, no sentence is allowed to contain a contraction and the dialogue clunks louder than a 1970s advert for seatbelts.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Beth Jones on Sep 14 2011

The novel itself, however, fails to impart any real sense of wonder...This is no vibrant Dickensian homage nor subverted Carter-esque fairy tale.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Sep 10 2011

Cynics might say this story...borrows a lot from the Harry Potter and Twilight blockbuster series. Circus even has red-headed twins almost as mischievous as Potter's Weasley twins.

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Paste

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Reviewed by Christine Ziemba on Oct 10 2011

The resolution proves a bit confounding, even with re-readings. The happily-ever-after doesn’t appear to be quite what it seems, but maybe that’s Morgenstern’s point

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The Celebrity Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Joanna Fantozzi on Mar 30 2012

I truly wish that Celia and Marco’s love was more believable, or that the unnecessary jumping around in time was abandoned.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on Sep 18 2011

it's possible for a reader to float through its pages immersed in awe as they would through her fictional Le Cirque des Revˆs.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Sep 16 2011

Underneath the icy polish of her prose, Morgenstern well understands what makes The Night Circus tick: that Marco and Celia, whether in competition or in love, are part of a wider world they must engage with but also transcend. It’s a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits.

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The Blue Bookcase

Below average
Reviewed by Christina

Overall, the plot didn't blow me away and there weren't strong themes I could extrapolate and apply to life in general.

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The time skipping was rather confusing, but it was a great read. The descriptions are beautiful, the setting is breathtaking, and the characters are mysterious enough to keep me reading. I highly s...

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