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shrug yeah, i had a good time reading this book i got really swept away in its atmosphere, and it didn t disappoint me because i didn t go into it thinking it was going to be a masterwork of literature, explaining the human condition and changing the way i saw myself and my relationships in the future it presented itself as a fantasy novel about a magical victorian circus and that s exactly what it gave me i think it is most successful in terms of its mood and its atmosphere this is not a novel where character development is a priority.it is, and remains, le cirque des r ves dreams don t need to explain themselves, to me, they just have to be interesting i think the novel early on absorbed some of the dream logic from its subject, and as time passed and situations occurred without any sense of explanation, i was just the reader getting carried along with the text the dreamer following the imagery it is not that her language is hypnotic, but she has a definite ability to write imagery, and to kindle the reader s imagination.the plot is simple against the backdrop of a mysterious circus that appears and disappears around the world without warning, operating in the deepest hours of night, two master magicians release their prot g s in a battle of magical one upsmanshipto the death yes, it is less dramatic in reality, as years pass and the battles play out like a contest martha stewart would devise to get her magazine staff motivatedbut with magic it becomes a call and response between two magicians who are initially unaware of the other s identity or abilities as they create incomparable attractions in the circus confines, and struggle to maintain them as time passes and the strain of keeping all their magical balls in the air begins to take its toll.eventually competition gives way to mutual admiration and then well, magic.she does love to stress the color scheme of the circus joel had the best line ever I can handle reading long, elegant passages about the sets of various Tim Burton films. hee hee agreed but i loved her descriptions i could actually envision this circus, and the attractions, and the marvelous flights of fancy it all just stirred my imagination in a completely rewarding way, and this is a circus i would want to attend also, dinner parties i would want to attend yeah, bb, she s talking about me.god, remember when magic was everywhere there was that moderately popular children s book series about the boy who was like a wizard or something and then Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell came out in 2004, and then in one single year, bothbased on a story from here The Knife Thrower and Other Storiesandbased on this book The Prestigecame out and everything was magical all the time it was almost too much magic.i m glad we took that break to let vampires and other things break up the feeling of magician overload.and i am glad i read this book for the readers advisory for all group read 2 and i m glad i didn t let all the negative reviews change my mind i agree with some of the points others made, but ultimately, i found this to be a wholly satisfying book whose reading experience mirrored the themes of magic and dreams, and i was glad that there was still some secrecy at the end of it all.i mean, you know what happens when a magician reveals their secrets, right no one wants that.come to my blog 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. Five Things About THE NIGHT CIRCUS.Ordinarily 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 useful.1 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 most.2 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 interesting.3 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 quite 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. 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 it.The 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 quickly It got tiresome, it felt indulgent.The 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 way.My 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. Aw hell, I m going to rate this 4.5 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 4.5 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 onlythoughtyou hated those parts, and it was really all part of Morgenstern s brilliant plan I know a few of you are probably giving me this look right now Don 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 storyMost books and or 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 InThe 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 closer..and 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 I have quite 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 just.I have no words. 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 incorrect.Don 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 fine.But a gorgeous wedding cake, covered in fondant and appliques, 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 part.The 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 swallow.Erin 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 fluff.But 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 story.But 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 cake.Now 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. 2019 UPDATE The still breathing film adaptation due from Lionsgate gets a directorof an EPIC flop that raked in a whopping 1.5MM on an investment of 9.5MM Sounds like a wizard idea, doesn t it Simply corking Who better to guide a beautiful book onto the oh so welcoming moviegoing audience s radar Rating 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 book.I m not ready for real life yet I want the magic to linger just a little longer.The 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 3.0 Unported License. If I could trade places with anyone in the world, it d be with someone experiencing this book for the first time.I 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 itYou 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 giftThere 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 equivalent 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 masquerading 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 other.There 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 secondYou think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des R ves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt awake within the confines of the circus You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dreamIf 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 frustration.I 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 quite 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 tongue I 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 caf s and eating at corner restaurants and spending nights together drinking on the balcony of a hotel roomI 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 insteadI 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.BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM 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 R Ves, 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.