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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 13, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005MM7F7W
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Within a few pages, I found out. This book is MAGICAL. The publisher's blurb doesn't really do the plot justice. Here's a modified one: There are two illusionists, chosen at a young age to be bound to one another in a contest that will span their lives until one wins. They have been given no rules, other than that they must perform in some way. They have no idea how one wins, or what one must do to win. Their sponsors in the contest create the circus as the arena for their players. One will travel with it, the other will not. Their story is interspersed with the perspectives of several other characters within or affiliated with the circus, all of whom enrich the plot and provide a deeper look at the workings of the circus and those it touches.
I love the structure of this book. Too often a book with split narratives lingers too long on one or another of the characters, to the point that the reader forgets the other tale being told. Not with "The Night Circus". Most chapters are less than 5 pages long. Any character whose story you long to continue will return again soon. There are no boring narratives. Each is carefully constructed to yield more detail or nuance to the contest, the circus, or the sinister dealings of the competition sponsors. There are many two-page intervals designed to lead the reader through a tent or aspect of the carnival as if the reader were a patron on a tour.
The prose is beautiful - not too verbose, not too simplistic.Read more ›
I began reading this with very high expectations, which probably contributed to the major disappointment I felt fifty to one hundred pages in. From the glowing reviews, one even comparing it to Harry Potter, I was expecting to be riveted. And...I wasn't. The first few chapters were promising. Breathtaking descriptions and imagery, and mysterious characters, brief scenes with magical undertones, and an intriguing set-up to the conflict had me thinking the following chapters would be fast-paced. Not so.
This book dragged painfully in the middle, piling details and uninteresting characters on top of each other until I was literally counting down the pages. This is not to say that the fantastic imagery and description stopped; it didn't. Morgenstern's figurative language and imagery are top-notch and enchanting, fitting of the visually captivating circus she creates.
My main problem with the narrative were the characters. Good god, the characters. The protagonists, Celia and Marco, were as flat as cardboard. I didn't understand either of them, despite the surplus pages featuring their boring interactions. Maybe this is being nitpicky, but it bothers me when characters laugh too much in dialogue. "Celia laughs" seemed to be the main reaction of our heroine, in every scene with dialogue. For one, it's tedious after a while. For another, it's almost like the author is pointing out the wittiness of her own dialogue. Also, Marco and Celia were just too...Read more ›
"The circus arrives without warning ... The towering tents are striped in black and white ... No color at all ... the black sign painted in white letters ... reads: Opens at night fall / Closes at dawn. 'What kind of circus is only open at night?' people ask...
Le Cirque des Reves
...The Circus of Dreams."
This is hands down the best book I've read in years. I want to use all the cliché reviewer terms like "astounding debut" and "richly imagined" and perhaps even - heaven forbid - "tour de force"!
Some people will call this book magical realism. I will not. For me, it's flat out magical.
There is a lot of descriptive detail in this book, but none if it is superfluous. The circus Morgenstern has created is astonishing, and she conjures it beautifully with her words. There are no other books I would compare this to, but if I had to pick a mood to compare, it would be to Murakami. The sense you get while reading is so encompassing I felt jolted when I'd look away from the text and find that I was in my home.
Katherine Dunn said it perfectly, this book has a "leisurely but persistent suspense." I wanted to savor every word, but couldn't wait to get to the end.
Even though it is couched in the context of magic, this book contains one of the best descriptions of physical (romantic) chemistry I've ever read. What is chemistry if not magic?
I wish I could emphatically state that this book is for everybody, but it isn't. I think of readers I know well ... My step-father will love it, my mother might, my father won't. Then again, this book is so surprising, I could be completely wrong.
For me, it was flawless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an incredibly magical book.
I hope to see this turned into a film one day although I believe it would be extremely difficult to capture the magic of the book on... Read more
I really enjoyed this book. I took me a little bit to get into it but once I understood what was going on, I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Valerie Cintula
Im absolutely obsessed. This book fills me with imagination and creative energy. This book is magical. If you're into art, design, oddities, or magic you'll love this. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I want to live within the world Erin Morgenstern created. I cared more about the world creation and the mood than the actual plot. This novel is pure fantasy escapism at it's best. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robyn
I enjoy this book very much! The audio version performed by Jim Dale is lovely!Published 2 days ago by Renita Davenport
Entertaining read all the way. I loved the characters and hated when I finished the book because I will miss them. I'll be looking for more from Erin Morgenstern.Published 2 days ago by Barbara
“The Night Circus” can be described in only one word… “Dreamy.” The quote selected for this review is the most accurate way to do describe what it feels to read this book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Satou Johns
This is possibly my favorite book that I've read recently. Morgenstern's imagery is so beautifully crafted I often had to stop reading and take a moment to capture the scene in my... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I started out listening to the audiobook and had a hard time following the plot. After I switched to ebook I enjoyed it much more. The book is intricate and magical and realistic. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jen R
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