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  • Not your parents’ Odyssey

    “...Something about you Odysseus said about you once... That he had never met a god who enjoyed their divinity less.” Circe the titan, daughter of Helios and the nymph Perse. Banished to Aiaia forever for defying her father and becoming a witch, she’s simply a scene in the story of the great Odysseus, King of Ithaca, allowing he and his men respite as they return to Ithaca, aiding them to get there with some safety. However, Madeline Miller has given Circe life. From her childhood obsession with her father, through her acceptance of her banishment through her idyll with Odysseus and beyond, we find a true “witch”, a wise woman who uses her own knowledge and nature to shape her world and those who she touches. When I first read reviews of this book I was intrigued. The Odyssey of Homer is my favorite book and *most* stories using it as a basis have interested me over decades. And this is no different. In fact, that Circe has been brought to life from the Greek footnote Homer gives her, reflects how women have evolved in and as a part of history and mythology. This book more than deserves the accolades it has garnered and I hope to soon read Miller’s first book:The Song of Achilles”which I actually own. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from my library system and chose to read and review it]

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    If you appreciate Greek mythology, read this. Beautifully well done - couldn't put it down!

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  • Good vacation read

    Quick and enthralling. A new story woven of characters we already know but given more substance.

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  • The author's imagination is marvelous!

    Mythology isn't typically something I'm interested in but my book club picked this and I'm pleasantly surprised. Miller created characters who were interesting and stayed with me through the day. The plot line was unpredictable and yet spoke of characters and plots that I remember from school. Circe's development as a strong and complex woman was fascinating. Thoroughly recommend this book!

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  • A wonderful reading experience

    I really enjoyed the story and the flow. Miller is an engaging writer, she made me feel for Circe and identify with her. I loved this novel!

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