Circe

Circe

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themse...

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Title:Circe
Author:Madeline Miller
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Circe Reviews

  • Emma

    This is how I first met Circe, as Odysseus and what's left of his crew arrive on her island during part of their long passage home. She is the wiley sorceress, dangerous and sexual, turning men into pigs and, according to Hermes, demanding Odysseus'

    attention. Yet in

    , she is seen only through the lens of male eyes, Odysseus and Hermes both. While we do get some of her words through reported speech, we never know her in any meaningful way. Even so, she is bewitching, her story stands out as a highlight of the hero's long journey.

    Enter Madeline Miller. Anyone who has read

    will know that she is the right author to show us Circe; her thoughts, feelings, talents, and flaws. Beginning in the unhappy halls of her father Helios, the story is a intimate, first person narrative that is spun from a multiplicity of ancient sources and myths, masterfully developed into a thrilling tale of love and loss by Miller's guiding hand. At the centre if it all is Circe, her voice so clear and natural that not only can the reader understand her every thought and action, we can see and feel the way she changes and develops throughout the novel. This is in stark contrast to the other gods and goddesses interwoven in the story, unchanging in their nature, obsessed with their competitions and demands for tribute, they do not fare well in comparison. Other mythical human figures make their own impressions; a long list of ancient celebrities are part of Circe's story, but are given a vividness that make them more than just appearances, we can imagine them as real people and given the fantastical nature of their stories, that is no mean feat.

    I promised myself that I would make this book last and I feel some amount of pride that I did, in fact, put the book down once for a break. After that though, it proved an impossible action to repeat. The story, no...Circe is too compelling to leave. Make sure you don't miss this, it's sure to be one of the best books of 2018.

    ARC via Netgalley

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  • Simona Bartolotta

    I dived into

    believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved

    . Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.

    In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing,

    . This because the k

    I dived into

    believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved

    . Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.

    In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing,

    . This because the key word, where her work is concerned, is

    therefore, o future readers, come now to terms with the fact that a story Madeline Miller has woven will be different from what you expect, from what you think you know, and also (maybe I should say

    ) from the original sources she draws from, and

    . And nothing more than this could make me grateful, because Madeline Miller's mind working on a well-known story never means impoverishment, or theft, or trivialization, nor any other kind of demeaning operation. What she does, and masterfully at that, is

    ,

    ,

    to what before was bare, dull, plain.

    In

    , as in

    ,

    , even the minor ones, even the ones with the most marginal roles. And

    , so much so that any praise I can think of seems like an understatement. Circe is proud but never haughty, and she is true to herself even when she doesn't know who, or

    , she is. She evolves and makes her weaknesses evolve with her, but in spite of this she never forgets what being weak, or having a weakness, feels like, which is, I believe, one of her greatest strengths. She is acutely aware of her situation and what it entails, of what is or isn't beyond her reach, but

    . She is suspicious because she has to be, but she has such immense goodness in her heart as to be completely disarming.

    This last point in my list may sound naive, but I ask you to think of all the books you've read in your life, of all your favourite characters, and ask yourselves Which of them do I love because of their

    ? We do not seek kindness in our heroes. Kindness too often results in self-righteousness, if not from the characters themselves, then from the penman, and I surely don't need to spell out to you how irritating that air of superiority can be.

    , a character who is most definitely not widely known for such a trait, which only makes this feat all the more admirable.

    Circe is troubled by the mismatched pieces of her identity, by the whirl of guilt she gets captured in early on in her life, by the world inside of her that keeps her from fitting in the world outside.

    , mortal and divine, and of neither at the same time, which puts her in a unique position. Her standpoint is three times significant: she is, in a sense, both internal and external to her story, she is living and telling at once. She spins her threads at Daedalus's loom and her spells at her worktable (she herself points this out as one of the symmetries poets love so much) but she also is the spinner of a story,

    .

    . She doesn't accept the gods' authority, she doesn't accept her grandfather's court's meanness, and she doesn't accept the submission men demand of her as a nymph and as a woman.

    Needless to say at this point,

    was everything I had hoped for and more. If

    didn't hold such a special place in my heart, I'd even say

    outshines it, with its

    , its

    , its charm and beauty and impressive grandness. I will, time permitting, read it again once it hits the shelves, ready to be awed over and over again.

    *All the quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*

  • Emma

    'I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.'

    5 wonderful Madeline Miller stars! After The Song of Achilles, I was intrigued to see what marvels would come next. Set in the aftermath of the Olympian victory over the Titans, Circe is a lesser daughter of Helios, the Titanic Sun God, a nymph and immortal.

    I am not going to go into details of plot. When I started reading, I remembered

    'I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.'

    5 wonderful Madeline Miller stars! After The Song of Achilles, I was intrigued to see what marvels would come next. Set in the aftermath of the Olympian victory over the Titans, Circe is a lesser daughter of Helios, the Titanic Sun God, a nymph and immortal.

    I am not going to go into details of plot. When I started reading, I remembered little of Circe's story, but as I went along I consulted my old friend Wiki for background information. You will recognise many of this cast of thousands although they are fleeting roles in Circe's story.

    The writing is beautiful and evocative- it feels like easing yourself into a warm Mediterranean Sea and carries you along on its tides and currents. My heart went out to Circe time and time again. I've never actually liked the idea of living longer than anyone else, but immortality never looked so bad!

    Recommended.

    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Ana

    Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict.

    A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology.

    Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)

    Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage)

    Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility)

    Poseidon (God of the Sea)

    Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)

    Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)

    Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)

    Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of her

    Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict.

    A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology.

    Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)

    Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage)

    Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility)

    Poseidon (God of the Sea)

    Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)

    Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)

    Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)

    Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of heroes)

    Hermes (Messenger of the gods, God of thieves, trade, travelers)

    Apollo (God of prophecy, healing, poetry, music, sun)

    Artemis (Virgin goddess of the hunt)

    Hephaestus (God of fire and blacksmiths)

    Aphrodite (Goddess of beauty and love)

    Ares (God of war)

    Dionysus (God of wine and the grape harvest, God of theatre)

    Helios (Titan god of the sun)

    Selene (Titan goddess of the moon)

    Eos/Aurora (Titan Goddess of the dawn)

    Gaia (Goddess of the earth)

    Cronus (King of the Titans)

    Rhea (wife of Cronus)

    Nyx (powerful Goddess of the night)

    Hypnos (God of sleep)

    Morpheus (God of dreams)

    Hecate (Goddess of magic and witchcraft)

    Thanatos (God of death)

    Nemesis (Goddess of divine retribution and revenge)

    Prometheus (Creator of mankind)

    Eros/Cupid (God of love)

    Hebe (Goddess of youth)

    Muses (Goddesses of inspiration)

    The Fates/Moirai (Three sisters, weavers of a tapestry dictating the destinies of men)

    I've been waiting for this ever since The Song of Achilles came out. I have this thing about long-dead heroes from Greek mythology.

    *clears throat*

    Thank you for this book, Madeline Miller. You are a goddess among women.

    A book about Circe. FINALLY. FINALMENTE. POR FIN. ENDLICH. NAPOKON.

    Circe was a sorceress, daughter of the sun god Helios, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. You may remember her from Odyssey. Odysseus made Circe promise not to forcibly take his manhood. Trolling at its finest.

    Miller's Circe is much more humanized. She is a character you can root for. Here you will meet all the iconic characters from mythology. The Minotaur, Daedalus and his son Icarus, the infamous Medea, and the clever Odysseus. As usual, there is no shortage of fabulous characters.

    Awesome, brave and resourceful. Circe definitely is all three, with a dash of sass.

    It's Greek mythology y'all. You know you love it. You know you need it. You gotta have it.

    *Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.* It was about time.

    The perfect playlist to set the mood.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    guess who just got accepted for an arc of this :) thanks for my life @ Madeline Miller

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    and it's about the Odyssey ?

    binch live updates as they come I'M SO READY FOR THIS

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    Madeline Miller broke my heart

    writes a new book

    I need

    Bonus:

    it's a Odyssey retelling from Circe's PoV or whatevs

    *softly, but with feeling* holy shiT

  • Melanie

    I'll be honest with you all; all I've ever wanted in my life is an

    retelling from Crice's POV and I cannot believe I just got approved for an ARC of this. 💗

  • Lia Bonnibel

    shall we? 😍

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