The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

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The Night Circus

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The circus comes in without warning. No announcements precede it. It is just there, when it wasn't there yesterday. Within the striped black-and-white canvas tents there is an entirely unique experience full of amazing amazing things. Le Cirque des Rêves is called, and it's only open at night. B... ut behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been expressly trained by their mercurial instructors since childhood for this purpose. Unknown to them, this is a game where only one can be left standing and the circus is only the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Nevertheless, in spite of themselves, Celia and Marco first tumble into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they are as brushed as hands. True love or not, the game has to be played 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 overhead acrobats. This spell-casting novel, written in rich, seductive prose, is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Doubleday

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Sep 13, 2011

  • ISBN

    0385534639 , 9780385534635

  • FORMAT

    Hardcover

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    391

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The Night Circus

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Quotes from The Night Circus

The Burgess sisters arrived together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.

The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.

Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.

That's the beauty of it. Have you seen the contraptions these magicians build to accomplish the most mundane feats? They are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, I am simply a bird in their midst.

Stories have changed, my dear boy, the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.

Celia, wait, Marco says, standing but not moving closer to her. You are breaking my heart. You told me once that I reminded you of your father. That you never wanted to suffer the way your mother did for him, but you are doing exactly that to me. You keep leaving me. You leave me longing for you again and again when I would give anything for you to stay, and it is killing me.
It has to kill one of us, Celia says quietly.

Celia   Love   Marco

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Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings.

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

There is an appealing zest to this and the many other wonders that Morgenstern has created, and if her book isn't entirely satisfactory in the ways one might expect, it still functions as an eminently intriguing cabinet of curiosities.

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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