The Night Circus
A NoveleBook - 2010
From Library Staff
Magicians Celia and Marco have trained for a magical competition since they were children, with no idea when it will start or how a winner will even be decided upon, they create more and more magnificent magical works for the Circus in turn always trying to outdo the other. This book is filled wi... Read More »
Set in a wondrous and mysterious circus that shows up without warning and it’s only open at night. But beneath the amazing sights and sounds, the two main characters, Marco and Celia, are competing and the circus is their stage. Full of rich prose, this is a story that you’ll want to return to ag... Read More »
From the critics
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BostonPL_JordanD thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
Reading_Robot thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16
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I 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.
Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that.
When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You 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 what they might do because of it, because of your words.
"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."
"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.
Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.
SummaryAdd a Summary
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.