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The Night Circus

A book discussion for a public library over the book by Erin Morgenstern.

Erin Sapusek

on 16 March 2012

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Transcript of The Night Circus

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

How did you experience the book? Were you immediately drawn into the story -- or did it take you awhile? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, aleniate, irritate, or frighten you?
Morgenstern mentions not having Celia in any of the first drafts of the novel? What would the book have been like without her?
Which characters do you particularly admire or dislike?
What motivates Alexander and Hector to compete? Is their decision to choose the battleground of the circus justified or ethical? Is it acceptable?
Describe the competition between Marco and Celia? Were you intrigued or confused? What do you think about combining the romance with the competition ?
If you could insert yourself as a character in the book, what role would you play?
Is the plot well-developed? Do you feel manipulated along the way, or does the plot unfold naturally, organically?
Morgenstern said she tried to create the feeling of the circus with her organization of the novel. What did you think of flipping times and locations?
Morgenstern is a multimedia artist as well as an author. What was your favorite tent at the circus or setting throughout the book and why?
What particular passages in the book were your favorite? Care to share and explain?
Between the chapters that tell the story are descriptions of the circus itself, written as if you are visiting it right now. What do these chapters add to the story?
Why are Frederick Theissen and the reveurs important to the story?
Do you feel sorry for Isobel, the Burgess sisters, Mr. Barris, Chandresh, or even Celia and Marco?
Why do you think some people enjoy being trapped by the circus (Mr. Barris) while others go mad (Tara Burgess)?
Why do you think Bailey was willing to give his life for the circus?
What did you think of Marco and Celia's relationship? Why did they fall in love?
Why does the man in the gray suit feel so passionately about stories? What sort of commentary do you think the chapter "Stories" makes on the novel and life?
Rate the book 1-5
Final thoughts?
Why are Frederick Thiessen and the
important to the story? Why do you think some people were so entranced by the circus that they devoted themselves to following it around?
Did you feel sorry for those who were being used in the game -- Isobel, Chandresh, the Burgess sisters, even Celia and Marco? Why do you think some people, like Mr. Barris, don't mind being trapped by the circus while it drives others, like Tara Burgess, mad?
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