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October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Night Circus...
A circus arrives without warning, no announcements preceed it. It opens at nightfall closes at dawn. I felt like I went on an epic and wild adventure when I read this book. It was so full of magic and love, it was unique and thrilling and so incredibly imaginative. It is a wow of a book.
The Lovereading view...
Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011.
A feast for the senses, a fin-de-siecle fantasia of magic and mischief, and the most original love story since The Time Traveler's Wife , The Night Circus is an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality. It will dazzle readers young and old with its virtuoso performance, and who knows, they might not want to leave the world it creates.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Reves The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.
'A book that stops you in your tracks, a book [that]... tears you open and leaves you gasping.... A book that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and that has you picking up the phone or sending a text to tell everyone you know, 'You have to read this.'... One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again.... The Night Circus welcomes all visitors. '
-- The Globe and Mail
'It's a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits. '
-- National Post
'Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing. Morgenstern - in much the same way as her cast of magicians and performers might - builds a fantastic creation out of words and spells and ink and paper and the power of imagination. And like her colorful characters, she's not dealing in illusions and sleight of hand. This is real magic.'
-- The Seattle Times
'So should you read Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus? The short answer: Yes. The book is engaging and magical, entrancing the reader every step of the way.'
-- The Huffington Post
Publication date: 24/05/2012
Publication date: 15/09/2011
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
Publication date: 15/09/2011
Publisher: Random House UK
|Publication date:||24th May 2012|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Collections:||90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”, 45 Novels With A Gothic Influence,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and artist, who describes all her work as 'fairy tales in one way or another'. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.More About Erin Morgenstern