In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. At the heart of the story is ...
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love...A fabulous, fin-de-siecle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.
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I have been an avid reader for over 50 years. Out of the hundreds of books that I've held in my hands, I don't think that I've read a more imaginative and enchanting novel than The Night Circus. Each character is wonderfully wrought. The sub-plots magically intertwine. The ending is perfect, sublime. I will never forget the opening sentence--'The circus arrives without warning.' Oh, yes!
Since I was fortunate enough to find the book, I have given numerous copies as gifts and have recommended it to every fiction reader that I know.
I definitely recommend that you find The Night Circus as soon as possible. You will be delighted and enraptured, I guarantee.
Jul 2, 2014
Beautifully written. The power of the mind can accomplish amazing things. Illusion or real? You decide.
Carol A J
Dec 19, 2013
Charming & magical
Hard to imagine anyone who would not enjoy this imaginative, romantic story...a real gem!
Apr 11, 2013
Clever idea, nicely written, maybe could have been edited a bit harder.
Apr 11, 2013
One of THE best books!
The prose is delicious; written with such a command of the craft of story telling. The plot is magickal, intriguing and hypnotic. One of the best stories I have read in a long long time.
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