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The Night Circus de Erin Morgenstern
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The Night Circus (edició 2011)

de Erin Morgenstern

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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Títol:The Night Circus
Autors:Erin Morgenstern
Informació:Doubleday (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Etiquetes:to read

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    Kata18: Both books feel a little like a dream with a touch of magic that's not quite explained.

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An excellent listen with a first rate reader, Jim Dale, for a wonderful book--much fun. ( )
  qwertify | Sep 10, 2021 |
A tale about dreams, magic and the power of imagination. Good entertainment and pace although I could not get too many realistic points of reference, but I think it is just me being skeptic as usual.

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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
2021/03/15 Audiobook update:
Great narrator with British accent! Pay attention to the date of every chapter or you might easily get confused. I would recommend reading the book before listening to the audiobook.

2021/01/06 First read:
A spellbound and refreshing reading experience. For anyone who is tired of fast-paced fiction drama and wants to enjoy something slow and long-lasting.

Trigger warnings: suicide, accidental death

(Since the reading experience is too special to be put in plain text and the summary on Goodreads is somewhat misleading, I try to write my synopsis in a similar style to the book, so you might get a sense of how it feels like to read it. I’m not a talented writer like Erin Morgenstern, though, so bear with me if I totally fail and just jump ahead to my review. No spoilers below.)

The stars twinkle. The bell chimes midnight. You find yourself surrounded by the fragrance of sweet caramel and strands of black and white.
You did not realize this is what you’ve been waiting for all your life, not until this moment. Le Cirque des Rêves, a circus that only performs at night, a dream that thousands pursuit worldwide, a mystery that doesn’t plan to be unfolded, is finally in front of your eyes.
You tentatively take a step, then another, then another, into the circular path, wandering through tents after tents, wonders after wonders. As you step in the first tent, a deep voice, mystify yet comforting, says: “Once upon a time…”
It is telling you the story of the Circus.
As you visit tents after tents, gazing at spectacles you couldn’t begin to fathom, you learn how the idea of the Circus is born by an ambitious artist, Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre. How the Circus becomes the venue of a magical competition between two young talented magicians, Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair. How the Circus changes the life of a certain Bailey Alden Clarke. How destinies entwine and cross paths. How the Circus evolves with complicating sentiments: joy, devotion, hate, love.
And, of course, you learn the tragedies behind the shining surface, forgotten by most, but forever haunt the performers like burning scars.
Now you’re intrigued. The more you learn about the Circus, the more mysterious it becomes.
You ask how the story ends.
No reply comes.
A warm breeze strikes your cheek, gently urging you to look right. There stands a tent, signed “The Night Circus”, beckoning you in.
Shadows of various shapes and sizes dance inside. You see a big black raven darting through the air, and a white dove flying gracefully by its side. Cats, big and small, performing tricks too dazzling to keep up. A woman and a man, shifting in and out of focus, his hand on the small of her back, her head resting on his shoulder.
And then you notice all shadows seem to be swirling around a white table in the center, with a black leather book and a note on top.
“Turn the pages and read on…” the note reads.
When you exit the tent with an overwhelming heart, it’s already morning.

I couldn’t begin to express how much I adore this book. This book, magically, soothed my temper and let me really be able to relax after a pretty tense month. The slow yet comforting prose made me want to keep reading at a steady pace, without too much pressure to read quickly.

The plot is pretty slow, or rather, things happen but nothing grand. Unlike most fantasy fiction filled with battles and actions and so on, The Night Circus focuses on detailed descriptions (like what I tried to do but probably failed in Synopsis), some are important clues for later events but some are not, simply for the joy of reading. The reading experience is like slowly opening a gift wrapped in many layers. Every layer is a surprise and a clue to unfold the big secret. (And you really get to know the secret in the end, trust me.)

The romance is there but not a central theme, despite the summary saying so. The relationship between Celia and Marco is pretty slow-burn, appeared only in the latter half of the book. So if you are reading this as a romance novel you might be disappointed. Nonetheless, their relationship is still sweet to read.

There are some things you probably want to know before reading. First, the story isn’t narrated in a single timeline. Every chapter is given a place and time, so you sometimes have to figure out the course of the event yourself. It could be confusing, granted, but I find it amusing, for it makes the story mysterious and real (imagine reading a historical document of some sort). Second, the narration is in both second-person (like what I did in Synopsis) and third-person, and always in present tense, which I know may bother some people. Third, there are fewer dialogues than in most fiction. So, if you don’t like lengthy descriptions you may have a hard time getting into it. If you love to read elegant, lush prose like me, though, you are on a treat.

This book is undoubtedly fantasy, but fantasy is not the main theme. The magic is there but you don’t get to learn the magic systems and how it works. Magic do exist though and you get to appreciate their beauty.

If you read the summary on GR and thought the main characters are Celia and Marco, you might be disappointed. The story isn’t about the two of them. Instead, it’s about the circus and the people in it. (So that’s why Celia and Marco are very important. They’re an essential part of the circus, but still, the story isn’t all about them.) The two of them also don’t have much of a personality arc. There is a strong personality arc, but just not the two of them. Also, sometimes you don’t get to see much of what the characters are thinking. It’s purposely left vague for you to guess.

All in all, this isn’t the perfect book, but the reading experience is refreshing in a way that few other fictions could provide. If you want to read something different for a change, The Night Circus might leave you pleasantly surprised. ( )
  LaurelChandler | Sep 1, 2021 |
I don't think it came together very well by the end. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
DNF. This book just wasn't for me. I found it slow. I didn't love the circus setting, perhaps because I really don't like circuses in general. I didn't connect with the characters. ( )
  aangel3 | Aug 21, 2021 |
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Morgenstern’s wonderful novel is made all the more enchanting by top-notch narration from the incomparable Jim Dale.
I am a reader who should have hated this novel; yet I found it enchanting, and affecting, too, in spite of its sentimental ending. Morgenstern's patient, lucid construction of her circus – of its creators and performers and followers – makes for a world of illusion more real than that of many a realist fiction. There is a matter-of-factness about the magicians' magic, a consistency about the parameters of the circus world, that succeeds both in itself and as a comment upon the need for and nature of illusion in general. While the novel's occasional philosophical gestures seem glib ("You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream"), the book enacts its worldview more satisfyingly than could any summary or statement. Rather than forcing its readers to be prisoners in someone else's imagination, Morgenstern's imaginary circus invites readers to join in an exploration of the possible.
Underneath the icy polish of her prose, Morgenstern well understands what makes The Night Circus tick: that Marco and Celia, whether in competition or in love, are part of a wider world they must engage with but also transcend. It’s a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits.
The Night Circus is one of those books. One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again.
The book itself looks beautiful but creaky plotting and lifeless characters leave The Night Circus less than enchanting
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Morgenstern, Erinautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Dale, JimNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fontana, JohnDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Forrester, KateAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jakobeit, BrigitteTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Koay, Pei LoiDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Magrì, MarinellaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Musselwhite, HelenAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Follow your dreams, Bailey, she says. Be they Harvard or something else entirely. No matter what that father of yours says, or how loudly he might say it. He forgets that he was someone's dream once himself.
Children are dragged away with promises that they may return the next evening, though the circus will not be there the next evening and later those children will feel slighted and betrayed.
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You're not destined or chosen, I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it's not true. You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough.
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