In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange childnot powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess powerthe power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs ...
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Rating: 4.5 stars
“Whoo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye” - Don Henley
As a child I was enchanted by D’Aularies’ Book of Greek Myths and later by Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I enjoyed Miller’s Song of Achilles and was eager to read Circe. Monsters, gods and goddesses, nymphs and naiads all make appearances and once again I was enchanted. Having read The Odyssey and The Iliad will increase your enjoyment but it isn’t necessary and you may be inspired to read these classic works.
Minor goddess, daughter o ...more
You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you.
My words are not as good as the ones in this book. Circe is a book about... finding yourself. But god, it stands out so far from just that.
Okay, to get started, I’m just going to say it: Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time. She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling.
The thing that brings this whole novel together is Circe’s character. She is a wo ...more
How I wish Miller's Circe was a reimagining as opposed to a retelling and I say this because there's little else that can be told about Greek mythology that isn't readily available online or at the library.
A reinterpretation, on the other hand, gives an author creative license to weave a uniquely extravagant and fantastical story ( Now I Rise did it perfectly) and perhaps one in which a lowly nymph attains great powers, transforms into a formidable sorceress who then proceeds to defy
Men, can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em all into swine.
What do you mean turn them into swine? From her earliest application of her new found transformative skills it is suggested that what Circe turns her unfortunate guests into has more to do with their innermost nature than Circe’s selection of a target form. (The strength of those flowers lay in their sap, which could transform any creature to its truest self.) Clearly her sty residents had an oinky predisposition. And I am sure that there ...more
for $27 this book better clear my skin, water my crops, and eliminate all the stress i have ever had
buddy read with yusra!
4.5 stars, rounded up
Beautifully written, exciting, and totally captivating!
“Epic has been so traditionally male,” Miller says. “All these stories are composed by men, largely starring men, and I really wanted a female perspective.”
And what a story it is. My first buddy read with my friend Dana was a great success and we had wonderful discussions.
The plot revolves around Circe in this book and the story is told entirely from her perspective. Born without the beauty and charm of her mother, nor ...more