Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers, and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs - the dreamers.
At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love....
A fabulous, fin-de-siècle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.
©2011 Erin Morgenstern (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
Wonderfully complex story, full of detail, clear pictures of the unusual, and a nice interweaving of times and dates that came together satisfyingly in the end. Some surprises, some predictability, but all in all a good holiday read. Except for the narrator, oh dear, he did the "ancient mage" voice with all the weight of dusty centuries in it, but the young men, female and the childrens voices were quite dreadfully croaky. If you can get past the narrator you'll enjoy the story for its own sake.
Quite the most mysterious, magical and remarkable book i have read in a long time. A spell is cast and reader is drawn into the plot. Original and unique I hope to see more from this super talented author.
I never thought I would listen to a book more than once but this one was so full of delectable detail that I was compelled to listen to it three times to date!
It was full of fascinating characters, interesting ideas and delightful thoughts but strangely edgy which all added to a kind of Victorian,vaguely Steampunk atmosphere.
I also loved the HGWells type attention to detail and how you were lead by the nose through a labyrinth of twisting and turning themes and ideas. The magic, mystery and slight of hand held my interest all the way. If you like unusual you may enjoy the Night Circus
This is an eerily beautiful novel. It has a compelling story, dark sense of humour and, it is easy to detect by the sheer glee in which the writer unfolds the story, that she enjoyed writing it as much as I enjoyed listening to it. I recommend! x
This was a great book with a really good narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the black and white world of the Night Circus. The imagery was very well described and it is well written - i found it mysterious and utterly compelling!
This book provides an enchanting journey into the world of a traveling Victorian circus, The length of the book is filled with such enchanting wordplay and enthralling descriptions that every new circus tent is an absolute pleasure, The brilliantly written and read characters are warm and comforting and the complete package leaves very little to be desired.
A fine purchase for any fan of magic, love or a reality based fantasy.
A wonderfully beautiful story that stays with you long after you've finished. A literary novel that will hook you with the first chapter and continues to bewitch till the last word. Loved it.
I lost sleep over this one. Just couldn't let go of this story. Both the characters and the richly embroidered settings were a real winner. Jim Dale's narration was wonderful and very easy to listen to for hours on end. Kudos to Erin Morgenstern and I hope to see many more novels from her in the future.
I was recommended this book by a friend who said she practically cried when she finished it. I thought she was exaggerating until I listened to the audio book. I finished it and went straight back to listen to one of the last chapters again, a conversation between widget and the man with the grey suit. I called my friend and she said her favourite quote was from this chapter too.
I know I will listen to this again and again.
I can't disagree that the narrator doesn't do the best voices for some of the female characters but this doesn't distract from the quality of the writing.
All I can say is that I now owe my friend a huge favour for this recommendation and I'm not sure if cake is enough.
This book has to be one of the best books written for a very long time. It is simply magical and so beautifully woven and I couldn't put it down. Readers will feel about this story the same as the characters in the story feel about the Circus; enraptured! I would recommend this to anyone!
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