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The Night Circus

A Novel

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway-a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love-a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
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"Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for . . . This is a marvelous book."
-Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"A world of almost unbearable beauty. This is one of the best books I have ever read."
-Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves: Within these nocturnal black-and-white-striped tents lies an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way-a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination.

But when Celia and Marco innocently tumble head first into love-a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands-their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

Erin Morgenstern's singular and spell-casting debut is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

"A riveting debut . . . pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it."
-Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

"So magical that there is no escaping its spell. If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it."-Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

"Pure pleasure . . . You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of rêveurs all its own."-Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"A gorgeously imagined fable . . . An enchanting read."
-Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
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ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of
The Night Circus, a number-one national best seller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in theater from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.
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    The circus arrives without warning.

    No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

    The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.

    But it is not open for business. Not just yet.

    Within hours everyone in town has heard about it. By afternoon the news has spread several towns over. Word of mouth is a more effective method of advertisement than typeset words and exclamation points on paper pamphlets or posters. It is impressive and unusual news, the sudden appearance of a mysterious circus. People marvel at the staggering height of the tallest tents. They stare at the clock that sits just inside the gates that no one can properly describe.

    And the black sign painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, the one that reads:

    Opens at Nightfall
    Closes at Dawn

    "What kind of circus is only open at night?" people ask. No one has a proper answer, yet as dusk approaches there is a substantial crowd of spectators gathering outside the gates.

    You are amongst them, of course. Your curiosity got the better of you, as curiosity is wont to do. You stand in the fading light, the scarf around your neck pulled up against the chilly evening breeze, waiting to see for yourself exactly what kind of circus only opens once the sun sets.

    The ticket booth clearly visible behind the gates is closed and barred. The tents are still, save for when they ripple ever so slightly in the wind. The only movement within the circus is the clock that ticks by the passing minutes, if such a wonder of sculpture can even be called a clock.

    The circus looks abandoned and empty. But you think perhaps you can smell caramel wafting through the evening breeze, beneath the crisp scent of the autumn leaves. A subtle sweetness at the edges of the cold.

    The sun disappears completely beyond the horizon, and the remaining luminosity shifts from dusk to twilight. The people around you are growing restless from waiting, a sea of shuffling feet, murmuring about abandoning the endeavor in search of someplace warmer to pass the evening. You yourself are debating departing when it happens.

    First, there is a popping sound. It is barely audible over the wind and conversation. A soft noise like a kettle about to boil for tea. Then comes the light.

    All over the tents, small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. The waiting crowd quiets as it watches this display of illumination. Someone near you gasps. A small child claps his hands with glee at the sight.

    When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

    Stretched across the top of the gates, hidden in curls of iron, more firefly-like lights flicker to life. They pop as they brighten, some accompanied by a shower of glowing white sparks and a bit of smoke. The people nearest to the gates take a few steps back.

    At first, it is only a random pattern of lights. But as more of them ignite, it becomes clear that they are aligned in scripted letters. First a C is distinguishable, followed by more letters. A q, oddly, and several e's. 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
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 512
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-345-80262-0
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17,2/10,6/3,8 cm
Gewicht 248 g
Verkaufsrang 1553
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Katharina Teister, Thalia-Buchhandlung Iserlohn

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” The story is so unique, magical and whimsical with outstanding characters and beautiful settings. I felt like I was a part of the circus of dreams.

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The night circus
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Wien am 22.09.2019

klein gedrucktes Superbuch, In Du-Perspektive geschrieben, durchaus weiter zu empfehlen

Fazit: Ich hab’s abgebrochen, weil ich nach 227 Seiten immer noch nicht verstand worum es eigentlich geht
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 04.08.2019

Persönliche Meinung Als erstes: ich habe das Buch auf Seite 227 abgebrochen. Es ist einfach nicht das passiert, was der Klappentext mir versprochen hatte, ich bin nicht warm geworden mit den Figuren und der Story und anstatt, dass ich mich hier durchquäle, habe ich beschlossen es abzubrechen. Es war keinesfalls schlecht. Im G... Persönliche Meinung Als erstes: ich habe das Buch auf Seite 227 abgebrochen. Es ist einfach nicht das passiert, was der Klappentext mir versprochen hatte, ich bin nicht warm geworden mit den Figuren und der Story und anstatt, dass ich mich hier durchquäle, habe ich beschlossen es abzubrechen. Es war keinesfalls schlecht. Im Gegenteil, ich mochte den Schreibstil eigentlich sehr gerne, aber für mich blieb die Story einfach immer im Grauen. «People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.» Das Buch habe ich mir geholt, nachdem ich öfters gehört habe, wie gut es sein soll. Ich war super gespannt, denn Caraval von Stephanie Garber habe ich geliebt. Ich mochte dieses mysteriöse und das man nie so genau weiß, was echt ist und was nicht. Als ich die ersten paar Seiten gelesen habe, war ich geflasht und hatte schon mit einem neuen Geris Favorites gerechnet. Aber je weiter es voranging und je mehr sich die Zeitsprünge anhäuften, desto verwirrter wurde ich. Marco und Celia, die großartige Lovestory aus dem Klappentext… das kam und kam nicht. Stattdessen hatten wir 5 Seitige Kapitel von anderen Figuren von 1873-1902 (weiter hatte ich es bis zum Abbruch noch nicht) Zwar waren diese Szenen teilweise richtig gut und die Figuren vielversprechend aber mir blieb dieses Zirkusfeeling verschlossen und ich wusste auch nie, worauf ich mich nun zu fokussieren hatte. Der Funke sprang einfach nicht auf mich über. «The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.» Möglicherweise wird es ab Seite 227 tatsächlich spannender und der Showdown geht los, aber ich mag einfach nicht mehr. Ich hatte wahrscheinlich einfach zu hohe und zu falsche Vorstellungen von dem Buch. Fazit: Ich hab’s abgebrochen, weil ich nach 227 Seiten immer noch nicht verstand worum es eigentlich geht

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Petershagen am 08.03.2015
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Ich brauchte ein Buch bei dem ich abschalten kann und mich ebenso auch fallen lassen kann. The Night Circus ist super dafür geeignet. Und am schönsten fand ich, dass man die ganze Zeit im Dunkeln tappte bis sich am Schluss alles wie bei einem Puzzle zusammenfügte.