Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller (Almost Five Stars)

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Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

(Almost Five Stars)

“I thought: this is how Zeus felt when he first lifted the thunderbolt.”

Well done. Follows the formula Miller first employed in The Song of Achilles: making a sympathetic bit character from a Homeric epic–in this case Odyssey–the point of view character for the entire story, expanding and embellishing as necessary. Works. Told in the first person by Circe, this tale weaves the psychology of her estrangement from just about everyone with the tapestry of ancient Greek history and mythology. Introspective but engaging.

“All those years I had spent with them were like a stone tossed in a pool. Already, the ripples were gone.”

Episodic, but with enough foreshadowing to keep the reader involved–mostly.

“Most men do not know me for what I am.” “Most men, in my experience, are fools. I confess you nearly made me give the game away. Your father, the cowherd?”

Readers familiar with Greek history and mythology will Continue reading

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