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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Nov 16, 2011

it was amazing

I loved this book. It went off in a direction that I didn’t really expect but that made the plot more interesting and enjoyable for me. An illusionist in the late 19th century is celebrated for the amazing tricks he does in his stage show; his tricks, it turns out, are actually “magic” in that he is subtly manipulating reality. He pits his daughter against another’s apprentice in some sort of contest, though its rules only become clear only much later on. The venue of the contest is the Night Circus, and its performers become fully-formed characters (and players in the contest) as the story develops; short chapters jump around in time and take the viewpoints of these various individuals. There is a love story, some prophecies, some tragedies, a ghost, circus fans, and a Concord farm boy who falls in love with the circus.

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