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This book is probably the most unique book that I've ever read. It is a wonderful and magical tale of love, friendship, death and life. The prose is so exquisitely written that it feels like a dream right from the first page. Ms. Morgenstern's prose and her descriptions are fantastic. There are a lot of descriptions, but never once did I find any of them to be overdone or unbelievable. I think the most amazing thing about this book is the way that she weaves these very disparate characters into one story. I'm sure I've never read a book with as many varied characters as this one has, and each one is so extraordinary and so realistic that I felt that I had an intimate knowledge of each and every one of them. I swear that each time I put the book down, I had to blink to come back to reality. I was so taken in by this wonderful night circus and its many wondrous sights that it felt like I was there experiencing this amazing and magical circus. This is a book like no other. It is a marvelous creation and it lives up to all the hype surrounding it. I'm not sure that I can come back to reality with my choice of reading material after this one. (Not for awhile anyway) It left me shaken and wanting more and I am sure that there is no other book anywhere like this one.