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The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. No ...more
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The longer answer is this: The Night Circus is a wonderful book. It has a very ethereal feel to it the whole…moreThe short answer is 'Yes. Yes, I would.'
The longer answer is this: The Night Circus is a wonderful book. It has a very ethereal feel to it the whole way through which makes for beautiful visuals and a deliberate sense that while you're in that world, you're on a different plane of existence.
There's nothing graphic, brutal, or disturbing, but there are parts that are inescapably sinister - and this is by design.
The structure is not linear, but that's not really an issue if you're paying attention.
The book may even have a YA feel to you if that's what you read more often than not, but there are more layers to The Night Circus than you would initially think, so keep that in mind.(less)
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I disliked this book, which means I ought to rate it one star, but it is not as awful as my one star shelf. One star books have to really repulse me to get that rating. The only redeeming thing about The Night Circus is that I didn't feel the one star compulsion to start a bonfire so I could properly dispose of it, hence two stars, but in this case it does not mean I enjoyed the book at all.
From the Goodreads summary: "But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is u ...more
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 more 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 wa ...more
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 v ...more
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, an ...more
i think it is most successful in terms of its mood and its atmosphere. this is not a n ...more
Sometimes, 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 blossom...perfect, sweet, rich, satisfying a need I didn't know I had until it was met...but 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 begi ...more
Don't misunderstand me, I have no issue with cake. The right decorations, the right frosting (buttercrea ...more
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When the final bulb pops alight, and the smoke and sparks dissipate, it is finally legible, this elaborate incandescent sign. Leaning to your left to gain a better view, you can see that it reads:
Le Cirque des Rêves
Some in the crowd smile knowingly, while other frown and look questioningly at their neighbors. A child near you tugs on her mother's sleeve, begging to know what it says.
'The Circus of Dreams,' comes the reply.
The Night Circus was one ...more
I remember when I was a kid, my Dad took me to the Circus, a small traveling circus with a few shows and a fewer animals, a circus that was rare even then and not heard of now of days. I remember holding my Dad's hand as we walked through the huge big top tent and feeling something magical and rare falling over me.
One show that I can clearly remember even years after is of a young woman, a Aerial silk performer as she made the silk fabric dance for her with ease and grace as it wrapped itself ...more
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Please read it.
Devour it, savor it, love it, hold it close, name your first child after it.
What a perfect, delightful, enchanting story.
I envision many future rereads.
1- لأنه الشتاء .. ولأنه الليل .. ولأنه وقت السحر والخيال .. ولأنه السيرك الليلي .. ولأنه
حتي إن لم تكن من هواة السيرك -وانا ايضا- ستشدك وبقوة احداث الرواية الغريبة للنهاية
الرواية تبدأ من وجهة نظرك أنت, وأنت تري سورا يحيط حلقة سيرك غريبة، بل عدة حلقات من السيرك ، خيماته مخططة باﻷبيض واﻷسود، بل وقطعة اﻷرض المحيطة به كلها مخططة بنفس اللونين
السيرك ظهر فجأة في وسط الحقول علي أط ...more
This book was...in a word...amazing! I wish it didn't have to end.
Celia and Marco are two young magicians who were chosen to take part in a competition by her father and his trainer. They don't know each other as they grow up, but they know that they are training for this competition. They also don't know much about the competition at all, they just train on and do what they're told. As they grow up they learn more each day, and meet each other while working at the circus which is the venue for ...more
I really loved Bailey, Poppet, & Widget and the aesthetic of the circus! The circus itself felt like the main character, which was really neat. But even that was also rather elusive at times. I couldn’t even pinpoint what exactly the whole competition was until about 70% because it was unc ...more
The book this opening statement comes from is called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and one that amazed me in so many ways. All my emotions were engaged as I read. I was enthralled to the point I wanted to curse Erin because I was utterly obsessed with this fantasy world she has created. Words are poetry where the writer is the artist responsible in creating beauty i ...more
Gah! What a supremely boring book.
The prose is near perfect, and the descriptions are the best I’ve ever read. But good writing and beautiful descriptions does not a good book make!
This book was boring. I was promised a deadly duel to the death between two star-crossed magic-making lovers, trained since childhood to… destroy each other, perhaps. Instead I was delivered a slow-burn of somewhat related skits interspersed with pretty good second-per ...more
Amidst the backdrop of a delightfully gothic traveling circus is a duel of sorcerers pitted against each other by their teachers. There's a love story blah blah blah too but there is just something so classically beautiful about this book. Also, carnival food:
Where is the movie? And more importantly: where is the sequel?!
Updated: 31 August 2015
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Yes, the writing is beautiful. Beyond beautiful. It's magnificent and breathtaking; the detailed scenery, the magic, ...more
Oh, it is. So, so far worse.
But I never enjoy a challenge that does not present its risks.
That is why I am about to share a secret.
I could begin with once upon a time (for there is no difference between well kept secrets and well told stories; both are conceived within the mind, but safer when hidden in the folds of a thriving heart; both, at last, are better told in a wispe ...more
The structure of the book mimics the circus whe ...more
''A circus?'' says Lainie Burgess with a smile. ''How marvelous!''
''Like a carnival?'' Mr. Barris asks, sounding mildly confused.
''More than a carnival,'' Chandresh says. ''More than a circus, really, like no circus anyone has ever seen. Not a single large tent but a multitude of tents, each with a particular exhibition. No elephants or clowns. No, something more refined than that. Nothing commonplace. This will be different, this will be an utterly unique experience, a feast for
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