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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 woman who has done awful, evil things, and yet remains unfailingly human She is lonely, and harsh, and hiding herself in sarcasm much of the time And there is not a moment in this novel in which I didn t adore her Madeline Miller does such an amazing job developing this character, weaving her thoughts into the narrative without manipulating you into feeling a certain way, keeping the narrative wide yet keeping it focused around Circe Throughout this novel I developed such a deep level of admiration for both this author and this character, this character I m sure will stay with me forever This novel is so interesting because at its core, it is an exploration of the voice of women in Greek mythology Circe is a character we see nothing of in the narrative of Greek mythology, a character with seemingly evil intentions and little motivation and all this despite showing up in several different stories There s something supremely excellent about seeing a character like this who is essentially a plot device be given a story I know I have a tendency to repeat the term narrative agency but it beats repeating I absolutely love giving characters who have been given no agency the agency they deserve I mean, everything about this book was just brilliant I loved the myth interpretation Penelope and Odysseus are both written perfectly, and seeing Jason basically get called an asshole while Medea stood on being young and morally grey and in love was so fantastic And the exploration of gods vs mortals is just brilliant You cannot know how frightened gods are of pain There is nothing foreign to them, and so nothing they ache deeply to see I loved the relationships just as a special note, the relationship between Circe and Telegonus made me want to cry I basically loved everything I mean, I think you guys have gotten pretty easily why I liked this so much a morally grey character driven retelling revolving around agency is basically my entire what I like bio This did all the things I like and I want to reread it daily and hourly I very well might I also want you all to know this book gave rise to my favorite update meme I have ever posted so thanks for that Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtubebuddyread with my favorite Melanie Spellbinding. Witches are not so delicate, I said I absolutely loved this If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters both literal and figurative then hell, READ THIS BOOK.To be honest, I wasn t a huge fan of Miller s The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back I m not sure if that s because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the plot had of a romantic focus than Circe But, whatever the reason, I had no such problem with this book I was absolutely captivated from start to finish.Circe is part beautifully written literary fantasy and part divine Greek soap opera This strange combination makes for a book that is extremely quotable, rich in description and detail, and also a pageturner It moves seamlessly between the broader scope of the world and its many gods and monsters, to the narrow focus of the nymph turned witch, Circe, and her daily life before and after she is exiled to the island Aeaea.Circe becomes a powerful witch, but the strength of her story is in all her relatable flaws and weaknesses We follow her as a naive lesser nymph, longing to be accepted and loved We stay with her as she believes the lies of others and, later, becomes hardened against such deceivers Her compassion constantly battles with her rage Understandably.There is some grim satisfaction to be gained as this woman who has been bullied, belittled and trod on her entire life slowly claws out some vengeance for herself The pain she endures along the way means that her successes are bittersweet In the end, Circe might be full of fantasy, backstabbing and murder, but it is first and foremost the story of one woman s life through pain, love, desire, heartache and motherhood I did not go easy to motherhood I faced it as soldiers face their enemies, girded and braced, sword up against the coming blows Yet all my preparations were not enough Other Greek myths play out in the background that of the Minotaur, and of Icarus, as well as many others but it is Circe s personal tale that hits the hardest I just hope we don t have to wait another seven years for Miller to write another novel like this.TW Rape graphic violence.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Do you ever just get mad because you re spending your life paying rent and wishing you could take a break from the linear flow of time when you could have been a goddess living in an enchanted island that is only seen every ten years and is unreachable by men You live with ancient queens of myth and you re so much a part of each other it was like a second soul inside your skin You sing hymns, burn incenses, and make fragrant oils You call birds to sing at your windows, fall asleep in patches of magical herbs with hair dripping all around you like a shawl and sit by the hearth with a lioness, cheeks glowing with the flames light Your skin is all luster and gleam and you re so far removed from the world s sorrows and so at peace and healthy You live into 300 years, and in the space where legends and fairytales are gathering up words, your names are amongst them.Yeah, same. [ Free Book ] ♭ 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 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 with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. 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This is a beautiful book it is flawless and intelligent I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing I loved it Circe chronicles the life of a lesser god She is the daughter of the mighty God Helios, the living embodiment of the sun She is born without any particular talents or powers She exists in the shadows of her developed brothers and sisters She does not shine in such spectacular company However, gifts come in many different forms and those with hidden talents are overlooked and devalued More often than not quiet people are forgotten about and there worth ill considered in all walks of existence Circe s family never saw what she could become Power is important, though sometimes having none teaches one a greater lesson nothing is worth having unless it has been earned As such Circe wills herself into power as she discovers her affinity for witchcraft, especially the art of transformation.Her family banish her from their company for her use of such a lowly art, and in doing so they set her free She finds herself in her exile On her island home she finds a paradise not a prison She becomes one with nature and finds company with lions and wolves Centuries pass, ages pass, and eventually some rather important characters come her way She meets Hermes and Athena, Icarus and his farther Daedalus, and Odysseus, a man who changes her life and causes her to make a very powerful decision that leads this book into such an excellent conclusion 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 Circe offers a huge story, a story that spans generations and includes many Greek heroes and gods Such is the nature of godhood, of immortality When life goes on forever many notable people cross one s path And despite the huge number of famous characters here, none of it felt forced it all slotted perfectly into Circe s life There are so many myths that intertwine with Circe, like the story of the Minotaur and the fall of Icarus, though despite the famous nature of many of them they don t for a second overshadow her She met Prometheus when she was young and decided that her life would not be the same as the other gods she was going to be her own woman And this is a book about her finding the most ultimate form of freedom I could not recommend it highly I really liked The Song of Achilles though this surpassed it in every way I really hope to see from this author in the future Five fantastic stars Absolutely beautiful 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 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 are many who had started the transformation long before landing on her island.Whaddya call the large sty Circe filled with erstwhile men A good start.Ok You had to know this would be part of the deal for this review So, now that I have gotten it out of my system, it is out, right we can proceed When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist It was a word that Barbara Bush might have had in mind when she described Geraldine Ferraro, her husband s opponent for the Vice Presidency, in 1984 I can t say it, but it rhymes with rich, she said, later insisting that the word in question did not begin with a b, but a w Sure, whatever But in this case, I suppose both might apply Circe is indeed the first witch in western literature And many a sailing crew might have had unkind things to say about her Madeline Miller image from The TimesOur primary introduction to Circe which we pronounce as Sir Sea, and even Miller goes along with this, so people don t throw things at her But for how it might be pronounced in Greek, you know, the proper way, you might check out this link Put that down, there will be no throwing of things in this review was that wondrous classic of Western literature, The Odyssey Given how many times this and its companion volume, The Iliad, have been reworked through the ages, it is no surprise that there have been many variations on the stories they told Circe s story has seen its share of re imaginings as well But Miller tries to stick fairly close to the Homeric version Be warned, though, some license was taken, and other sources inspired the work as well But it is from Homer that we get the primary association we have with her name, the magical transmutation of men into pigs.George Romney s 1782 portrait of Emma Hamilton as Circe image from wikipediaWe follow the life of our Ur witch from birth to whatever She did not start out with much by way of godly powers Her mother, Perse, daughter of the sea god Oceanos, was a nymph, and her father was Helios, the sun god Despite the lofty position of Pop s place in things, Circe was just a nymph, on the low end of the godly powers scale This did not help in the family to which she had been born Not one of her parents favorites, she was blessed with neither power nor beauty, had a very ungod like human level voice, and her sibs were not exactly the nicest Kinda tough to keep up when daddy is the actual bloody sun Years pass, and one day she comes across a mortal fisherman He seems pretty nice, someone she can talk to She d like to take it to the next stage, so she lays low, listens in on family gatherings, and picks up intel on substances that might be used to effect powerful and advantageous changes She asks her grandmother, Tethys, very Lannisterish wife AND SISTER to Oceanos to transform him into a god for her, but Granny throws her out, alarmed when her granddaughter mentions this pharmakos stuff she had been looking into Left to her own devices she tries this out on her bf, making him into his truest self It does not end the way she d hoped Pearls before you know what Not the last bad experience she would have with a man Levy s 1889 Circe image from wikipediaHer relationships with men are actually not all bad Daddy is singularly unfeeling, and can be pretty dim for such a bright bulb, and her brothers are far less than wonderful, but there is some good in her sibling connections as well She has a warm interaction with a titan, Prometheus, which is a net positive Later, she has an interesting relationship with Hermes, who is not to be trusted, but who offers some helpful guidance And then there are the mortals, Daedalus the master artist, the Michelangelo, the Leonardo da Vinci of his era , Jason, of Argonaut fame, Odysseus, who you may have heard of, and There were dark encounters as well, and thus the whole turning men into pigs thing Brewer s 1892 Circe and Her Swine image from WikipediaMiller has had a passion for the classics since she was eight, when her mother read her the Iliad and began taking her to Egyptian and Greek exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City It made her a nerdy classmate but was a boon when she got to college and was able to find peers who shared her love of the ancient tales It was this passion that led her to write her first novel, The Song of Achilles, a reimagining of Achilles relationship with his lover, Patroclus, a delight of a book, a Times bestseller, and winner of the Orange prize It took her ten years to write her first novel, about seven for this one and the gestation period for number three remains to be seen She is weighing whether to base it on Shakespeare s The Tempest or Virgil s Aeneid If past is portent, it will be the latter, and should be ready by about 2025.Ulysses and Circe, Angelica Kauffmann, 1786 image from Miller s siteThe central, driving force in the story is Circe becoming her fullest possible self I suppose one might say she made a silk purse from a sow s ear I wouldn t, but some might This is the story of a woman finding her power and, as part of that, finding her voice She starts out really unable to say what she thinks and by the end of the book, she s able to live life on her terms and say what she thinks and what she feels from the Bookriot interviewMost gods are awful sorts, vain, selfish, greedy, careless of the harm they do to others Circe actually has better inclinations For instance, when Prometheus is being tortured by the titans for the crime of giving fire to humans, Circe alone is kind to him, bringing him nectar, and talking with him when no one else offers him anything but anger and scorn She is curious about mortals, and asks him about them, going so far as to cut herself to experience a bit of humanity Carracci s c 1590 Ulysses and Circe in the Farnese Palace image from WikipediaLivestock comes in for some attention outside the sty Turns out Circe s father has a thing for a well turned fetlock, so maybe she comes by her affinity for animals of all sorts, albeit in a very different way, quite naturally Her island is rich with diverse fauna, including some close companions most of us would flee An early version of Doctor Doolittle Scholars have debated whether Circe s pet lions are supposed to be transformed men, or merely tamed beasts In my novel, I chose to make them actual animals, because I wanted to honor Circe s connection to Eastern and Anatolian goddesses like Cybele Such goddesses also had power over fierce animals, and are known by the title Potnia Theron, Mistress of the Beasts Not be confused with The BeastmasterCirce and Odysseus Allessandro Allori, 1560 image from Miller s siteWhile she has her darker side she does change her nymph love rival Scylla into a beast of epic proportions, which gets her sent to her room, or in this case, island, and there is that pig thing again she is also a welcoming hostess on her isle of exile, Aiaia Which sounds to me like the palindromic beginning of a lament, Aiaiaiaiaiaiaia, which might feel a bit familiar with a minor transformation, to oy oy oy oy oy oy oy oy I mean, she runs a pretty nifty BnB, with free roaming wild animals, of both the barnyard and terrifying sort, a steady flow of wayward nymphs sent there by desperate parents in hopes that Circe might transform them into less troublesome progeny, a table with a seemingly bottomless supply of food and drink And she is than willing to offer special services to world class mortals, among others I mean, after that little misunderstanding with Odysseus about his men, Pigs What pigs What could you possibly mean Oh, you mean those pigs Oopsy How careless of me she not only invites everyone to stay for a prolonged vacay, but shacks up with the peripatetic one, offers him instructions on reaching the underworld, suggests ways to get past Scylla and Charybdis, and probably packs bag lunches for him and his crew She is not all bad Barker s 1889 Circe image from WikipediaCirce struggles with the mortals vs immortals tension Her mortal voice makes her less frightening to the short lived ones, allowing her to establish actual relationships with them that a boombox voice level deity might not be able to manage Of course, it is still quite limiting that even the youngest of her mortal love interests would wither and die while she remained the same age pretty much forever Knowing that you will see any man you love die is a definite limiting factor Yet, she manages She certainly recognizes what a psycho crew the immortals are, even her immediate family, and respects that mortals who gain fame do so by the sweat of their brow or extreme cunning, even if it is to dark purpose not their questionable godly DNA Reinforcing this is her front row seat to the real housewives tension between the erstwhile global rulers, the Titans, and the relatively new champions of everything there is, the Olympians I mean, perpetual torture, thunderbolts, ongoing seditious plots, the nurturing of monsters, wholesale slaughter of mortals She knows a thing or two, because she s seen a thing or two My thoughts about Circe as caregiver really start with the gods, who in Greek myth are horrendous creatures Selfish, totally invested only in their own desires, and unable to really care for anyone but themselves Circe has this impulse from the beginning to care for other people She has this initial encounter with Prometheus where she comes across another god who seems to understand that and also who triggers that impulse in her I wanted to write about what it s like when you to want to try to be a good person, but you have absolutely no models for that How do you construct a moral view coming from a completely immoral family from Bookriot interviewCirce Offering the Cup to Odysseus by John William Waterhouse 1891 image from WikimediaOf course, there is a pretty straight line between the sort of MCP hogwash Circe had to endure in the wayback and recent events that have been getting so much attention of late I wasn t trying to write Circe s story in a modern way I was just trying to be true to her experience in the ancient world It was a very eerie experience I would put the book away and check the news The top story was literally the same issue I had just been writing about sexual assault, abuse, men refusing to allow women to have any power I was drawn to the mystery of her character why is she turning men into pigs from The Times interviewThere are plenty of classical connections peppered throughout Circe s tale Jason and Medea niece pop by for a spell She is summoned to assist in the birthing of the minotaur nephew to her seriously nasty sister She is part of Scylla s origin story, interacts with Prometheus cousin , gives shit to Athena, even heads into the briny deep to take a meeting with a huge sea creature no, not the Kraaken Hangs with Penelope her bf s wife and Telemachus bf s son , and spends a lot of time with Hermes She definitely had a life, many even, particularly for someone who was ostracized to live on an island For Circe, I would say the Odyssey was my primary touch stone in the sense that that s where I started building the character I take character clues directly from Homer s text, both large and small I mentioned her mortal like voice The lions The pigs And then when I get to the Odysseus episode in the book, I follow Homer obviously very closely from the BookRiot interview Circea , 38 in Boccaccio s c 1365 De Claris Mulieribus, a catalogue of famous women, from a 1474 edition image from wikipedia In terms of sources, I used texts from all over the ancient world and a few from the modern world as well For Circe herself, I drew inspiration from Ovid s Metamorphoses and Apollonius of Rhodes Argonautica, Vergil s Aeneid, the lost epic Telegony which survives only in summary and myths of the Anatolian goddess Cybele For other characters, I was inspired by the Iliad, of course, the tragedies specifically the Oresteia, Medea and Philoctetes , Vergil s Aeneid again, Tennyson s Ulysses and Shakespeare s Troilus and Cressida Alert readers may note a few small pieces of Shakespeare s Ulysses in my Odysseus from Refinery29 interviewCirce by Lorenzo Garbieri image From Maicar Greek Mythology LinkMadeline Miller s Circe is not a lovelorn, lonely heart desperate for connection in her isolation, but a multi faceted character not actually a human being, though , with inner seams of the dark and light sort, with family issues that might seem familiar in feel, if not in external content, with sins on her soul, but a desire to do good, and with a curiosity about the world She may not have been the brightest light in the house of Helios, but she glowed with an inner strength, a capacity for mercy, an appreciation for genius, beauty and talent, and a fondness for pork This is the epic story of a life lived to the fullest Circe is an explorer, a lover, a destroyer, and can be a very angry goddess This transformative figure is our doorway to a very accessible look at the Greek tales which lie at the root of so much of our culture If you have a decent grounding in western mythology this will offer a delightful refresher If you do not, it can offer a delightful introduction, and will no doubt spark a desire to root about for Madeline Miller may not have a wand with special powers, or transmogrifying potions at her command, but she demonstrates here a power to transform mere readers into fans Circe is a fabulous read You will go hog wild for it Can you pass the hot dogs That s All Folks The Sorceress Circe , oil painting by Dosso Dossi, c 1530 in the Borghese Gallery, RomeSCALA Art Resource, New York image from BritannicaReview posted 4 27 2018Publication date 4 10 2018December 2018 Circe wins the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for favorite Fantasy novel of the year EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesInterviews BookPage April 10, 2018 Madeline Miller The season of the witch by Trisha Ping Bookriot April 19, 2018 Writing of Gods and Mortals A Madeline Miller Interview by Nikki Vanry The Times April 5, 2018 The Magazine Interview Madeline Miller, author of this summer s must read novel, Circe, on seeing history through women s eyes by Helena de BertodanoNY Times April 6, 2018 A lovely profile from the NY Times Circe, a Vilified Witch From Classical Mythology, Gets Her Own Epic by Alexandra AlterMy review of The Song of AchillesThe Odyssey on GutenbergA very nifty, brief, and entertaining summary of The Odyssey can be found on Schmoop.com.A fitting piece of music from Studio Killers STUFFINGA wonderful piece from Allan Ishac at Medium, on the Russia investigation Mueller Tells Staff This Swine Is Mine President Trump is ready for slaughter, according to people inside Robert Mueller s office Credit wemeantwell.com and imgur.com from above article When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist Where do I even begin This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment s carelessness If I had ever believed it, I no longer did As a child, I loved Greek mythology, and though I lost some of that knowledge through recent years, when I heard that this story was releasing, I knew I just had to read it I thought it was going to be the story from Circe s point of view, but ultimately, I expected it to revolve around Odysseus I had no idea that I was in for such a treat, though, as he is only a small portion of the immortal Circe s life This isn t a retelling, it s an origin story, a history, a tale of centuries worth of loves and losses, griefs and triumphs The thought was this that all my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water I was a creature within it From the very start, we see that Circe is so vastly set apart from her fellow gods and goddesses as a nymph with the reedy voice of a mortal, she is told she is wholly useless, but it s evident from the beginning that she is this brilliant, clever, strong woman a force to be reckoned with in every way I knew I would love her, but I couldn t have predicted how fast or hard I would find myself rooting for her to succeed But of course I could not die I would live on, through each scalding moment to the next This is the grief that makes our kind choose to be stones and trees rather than flesh Of course, Circe s exile on the isle of Aiaia is bound to be an unhappy story, and that s a common thread throughout Circe you always know something miserable or painful is on its way, but the moments in between those travesties, and the ways Circe handles the hand of cards life has dealt her, makes it so incredibly worth the ache Perhaps the greatest thing about watching her struggle is how much relatability it lends to her character despite being a goddess, an immortal, and a witch, Circe at her core is a spurned woman who has lived too long under the heels of spiteful, power hungry men, and a wicked society that values beauty over strength 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 Of course, Circe s tale is not entirely a desolate one, but her joys are often her curses, as she loves mortals and sees in them the same potential that cursed Prometheus to his rock Throughout her life, we get to see relationships come and go, and I was enthralled by how incredibly sex positive and sure of herself she remains Rather than selling herself away to the highest bidder, Circe s primary focus is to never let her pursuit of pleasures and companionship win out over her need to be her own person It is not fair, I said I cannot bear it Those are two different things, my grandmother said It was so enjoyable to watch the different characters cycle in and out of her memories, whether it was Daedalus and his loom, or Hermes and his messages and antics, or of course Odysseus, who we saw in a much realistic light, as Circe portrayed an image of him that was far less heroic or noble than many of the legends would have one believe There are even mentions of Patroclus and Achilles, and what became of them, though I was pleased to find that prior knowledge of The Song of Achilles was not at all necessary to fully enjoy this book I would look at him and feel a love so sharp it seemed my flesh lay open I made a list of all the things I would do for him Scald off my skin Tear out my eyes Walk my feet to bones, if only he would be happy and well Of all the things Madeline s writing had to offer me, though, the one that meant the most to me was wholly unexpected the perfect, beautiful depiction of motherhood through Circe s relationship with her son As a mother to a wild little boy of my own, I related to so many of her thoughts and fears, but most of all, to the utter authenticity of the love she describes for him It consumes her entirely for better or for worse and her need to protect him holds such ferocity that she worries it will destroy her at times Many of the thoughts she held for him gave me chills or brought tears to my eye, and throughout it all, I just kept thinking that I had never felt like motherhood had been so perfectly described as it is in this book You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you Truly, I could gush for days, but I m going to cut myself off here and just ask you to please, please pick up a copy of this beautiful book I sound like a broken record, but it meant so much to me, and has earned such a warm place in my heart that I know I will reread it over and over in the coming years Whether you are a mother, or a lover of Greek mythology, or just a bookworm looking for a story that will capture you so wholly, you ll never want to leave its embrace this book is flawless, utter perfection, and I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough All quotes come from an unfinished ARC and may not match the finished release Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Buddy read with Heather You can find this review and on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook 3.5 stars Madeline Miller s Circe is an epic that s sweeping the nation today Everywhere you turn, you see that magnificent cover honestly, that cover work is DIVINE and I ve had the MOST fun photographing it for the Bookstagram Twitter and Instagram are as we speak packed with Circe references and Miller interviews and, within all of that, Circe has found itself wrapped in all of the fluff and buildup and publicity of a typical ultra hyped, big named publisher release Let s be serious most of us LOVE these kinds of releases and all the hysteria involved, even if we shy away from actually reading the hyped release itself It can be a book lover s dream a book with all the fanfare of a blockbuster, silver screen release I, too, was swept up in the craze, yet another smash hit from the publisher who brought us fan favorites like Twilight and whom I once interned for in London But, in the end, I couldn t ride the Circe wave all the way through Let s get one thing clear from the very start Madeline Miller s follow up to The Song of Achilles is an epic in the years spanned but not necessarily in the execution To me, it read far like a long story than an epic When I think of that four lettered word, I think of a novel that s monumental and moving I think of The Odyssey and sweeping sagas like A Song of Ice and Fire, even novels that are gripping and complex, long and treacherous as a Hajj like A Little Life But Circe did not touch me in that way In fact, there were moments those times when the novel resorted to recounting the tales of the mythology we all know so well rather than putting the reader in the moment of these tales where I was bored to skimming In Circe, pages upon pages passed of one character telling another a story of others happenings, travels and wars Telemachus telling Circe about Odysseus, Circe recounting the story of Hermes, and on and on Who wants to hear second and third hand about the chronicles of these larger than life names within a novel that calls itself an epic I d rather feel and live the stories of these mortals and gods alike Wouldn t you Circe s life is a true saga, and Miller s research and background in the Classics shines through in this novel and serves her well But, there are gaps between the breadth and notoriety of the mythology she incorporated here and the skill with which the novel was actually written There is only so far that building a modern day epic on the backs of known names and legends could go Miller needed to take us the rest of the way to make Circe a contemporary wonder, to make this a saga all her own This novel didn t quite make it across that bridge for me Circe offered up a world full of color, a world of eternal life and leviathans, of clashing gods and witchcraft, all while tying in mythological tales that ve been handed down for ages Perhaps it s only fitting, in that case, that it was overwrought with linguistic hyperbole The sound was a piercing chaos, like a thousand dogs howling at once She beat the cliff side, howling her frustration This novel was full of both drama and melodrama, only one of which is necessary for a sweeping epic Yet, I had to appreciate the scale of story Miller told and the breadth of her knowledge in the Classics Circe was a great story for sure, but I was never fully moved by how it was told 3.5 stars FOLLOW ME AT The Navi Review 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