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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316556347
Characteristics: 393 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Nov 06, 2020

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Oct 07, 2020

In classical Greek legend, Circe was an enchantress banished to an isolated island in the Aegean who placed spells on Odysseus' ship's crew, turning them into swine and waylaying them on their journey home following the Trojan War. In this exquisite contemporary retelling, Madeline Miller imagines what Circe's true story might be, in her own words. Miller's writing is compelling and elegant -- I relished Circe's story and didn't want it to end. Highly recommended, as well as her previous book 'The Song of Achilles.'

Sep 29, 2020

I found this to a very enjoyable read, especially if you enjoy mythology or even just fantasy. The Greek myth characters are a little thick in the beginning but you learn as you go and I found it easy to keep them straight. There is a little glossary in the back of the book for reference if you get lost. I loved the evolution of Circe and how she changed even though she was immortal. What a testimony to self-growth and growing courage! There were several sentences that the author delivered that caused me to stop and relish them. It was beautifully written. I think I will now add The Song of Achilles, by the same author, to my list to read.

Sep 27, 2020

The only thing enjoyable about this book is the adventures and the characters themselves. Otherwise, I felt like the book had no plot. It was just literally ‘adventures’ which were just the usual for gods and the people of that society. It can even be seen as a biography or a coming of age story of Circe. It just wasn’t what I was expecting and was often times confused. I finished the book just to see if there was gonna be something else that popped up to add interest, but unfortunately the pace of the book plateaued around page 100. I wouldn’t recommend this book for a novel. I would recommend if someone was just looking for a short stories type of book with the same main character.

Sep 22, 2020

This had a shaky beginning for me. I was up to my eyeballs with Miller's mythology. But once Cerce took centre stage I was along for the ride. 4.3/5

Sep 21, 2020

I didn’t know what to expect from this one as it is outside of my comfort zone and not something I would ordinarily choose on my own. This is the first pick for the book club I’m running at work and I’m excited to discuss it next week.

I loved reading about the witch Circe, a shunned goddess who doesn’t need anyone or anything except her herbs and her animals on her solitary island.

It was especially thrilling to read the clever ways she outsmarted men who would use brute force and try to take what wasn’t theirs.

CCPL_Teens Sep 01, 2020

Not only do you learn more about Circe, this books strings multiple Greek myths together to form a coherent story. This book is great for readers who grew up with Rick Riordan’s books and are now looking for something similar as they get older.

LPL_MaryW Aug 29, 2020

Unlike most of my peers, I did not learn about mythology in school. Circe intimidated me for far too long before I finally took the plunge to read it. How glad I am that I faced my fear! Even to my untrained mind, the chronicles of Circe were easy to follow, and with Perdita Weeks’ sublime narration, soon I was engrossed. Ostracized and outcast, Circe—the goddess, the witch—exhibits unbelievable strength and passion in her many years, and Madeline Miller has molded her into the feminist icon of my dreams. After spending so much time with her, I was emotional to say goodbye. This one should not be missed!

Aug 12, 2020

One of my favorite novels of the year (read together with Song of Achilles). Authentic to the ancient Greek culture, yet wholly original and modern. A powerful (though very violent/tragic) story.

Jul 30, 2020

The book "Circe", by Madeline Miller, tells of the life story of Circe, the immortal sorceress in Greek mythology. Daughter of a nymph and the sun god, Circe is shunned by her family, believed to be the ugliest, weakest, and most feeble of her siblings. She struggles to understand who she is, and tries again and again to please her family, always failing. She discovers her true powers as a sorceress when she awakens the true power of a magical flower that turns a human fisherman into an immortal. Broadcast as a “dangerous witch”, she searches to find her true power. When she curses one of her enemies to become a horrid sea monster, she is exiled to her personal island, where she finds peace and time to discover her powers. While in exile, she has many adventures, both in and out of her island. She goes to Crete to calm the Minotaur, meets new people all the time on her island, gets a pet bear, and even bears children. Her time on the island helps her realize who she is, and what she can do be what she truly wants to be. This book is great, because it is written in a way that makes you really “feel” Circe’s emotions and thoughts. It flows really well, and the message that the author wants to teach you is really clear and deep. Sometimes, the book can be a little confusing, when it jumps from one story about Circe to the next, but it is really well written and recommended for people who like a medium paced book filled with emotion and action.

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ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

He showed me his scars, and in return he Let me pretend that I had none.

Sep 26, 2019

But most of all my father’s voice, speaking those words like trash he dropped. Such as you. Any other day in all my years of life I would have curled upon myself and wept. But that day his scorn was like a spark falling on dry tinder.

Sep 06, 2019

“Witches are not so delicate.”

Sep 06, 2019

“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”

Sep 06, 2019

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

Sep 06, 2019

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

Aug 12, 2019

Pg. 273 of the hardcover, “It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts.”
Pg. 311 of the hardcover, “But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.”

Feb 12, 2019

But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.

Jan 26, 2019

WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.
See her arrange her dress so it drapes just so over her shoulders. I see her dab her fingers, glinting, in the water. I have seen her do a thousand such tricks a thousand times. My father always fell for them. He believed the world’s natural order was to please him.

Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” My mother had been simpler: like savage bags of rotten flesh.

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