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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Oct 17, 11

bookshelves: adult, magical-realism, literary, romance
Recommended for: Deborah, Cheryl, Valerie, Nancy, Lisa, Kezia, Sue, Beckah
Read in October, 2011

Two ageing magicians initiate another round of "the game" in which they each choose and train a player, binding them to the game, until one player wins, and one player dies. This coldhearted, creepy premise is the foundation for this astonishingly lovely and elegant concoction of romance, magic, fate, cruelty, and mystery. The venue for the game is the Night Circus, which appears apparently from nowhere, opening at nightfall and closing at dawn, and provides a sensory feast like no other. Striped tents are doorways into incredible experiences. The players are not told the rules, and no time is set within which they must finish the game. As the book goes on the suspense builds, and readers will wonder what the heck is going on, just as the characters do. I finished it and then later turned to page 1 and started all over again. A delicious experience with echoes of Hans Christian Andersen, that lovely fairy tale atmosphere with dark undertones. Do not miss this book.
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