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.
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.Review:
'lush, evocative, dreamlike prose, with all the sights and scents of the circus... Morgenstern's writing, when it comes to magical creations, is delectable, addictive stuff ... The Night Circus is an accomplished and refreshingly unusual debut, which leaves a tang of smoky caramel in the air as it ends, and an undeniable urge to go to the circus.' --The Sunday Times
`Set at the turn of the 19th century, The Night Circus follows this travelling circus and its cast of acrobats, contortionists, snake-charmers and fortune-tellers, In its big tops most tricks are just that; sleights of hand and feats of skill. But the real story lies in those which are not. Behind the illusions of two young magicians, Celia and Marco, genuine magic is being performed... It's a great concept drawing on a fabulous tradition. From the writings of Dickens to the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec, to Angela Carter's masterpiece, Nights at the Circus, the big top has been a source of continual fascination, tapped for its inherent romance, childhood sense of wonder, constrained anarchism and latent sexuality ... roll up, roll up, the circus is in town.' --Seven
`This must be one of the most beautiful novels of the year. Its die-cut cover, black-edged pages and intricate endpapers attest to the publisher's hopes that Erin Morgenstern's magically minded debut will secure the vast audience left bereft by the conclusion of the Harry Potter chronicles.' --The Observer
`It's full of love, magic and perilous rivalry, as two enchanters compete in a mysterious fin-de-siecle showdown. An astonishingly deft triumph of imagination that's painted with captivating realism'. --Easy Living
"An extraordinary blend of dream and nightmare will take you on a magical journey." --Red Magazine
'this tale of two magicians who fall in love is being touted as the new Harry Potter - and the event book of the year.' --Grazia
'Extraordinary, atmospheric, mind-spinning story.' --Woman and Home
'Crackling with sensual storytelling, this transports you to the many tents of Les Cirque des Reves.... what is extraordinary about this book is how the rhythm of the writing itself enchants the reader.' --Sainsbury Magazine
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Book Description Doubleday, 2011. Book Condition: New. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78324262