Circe by Madeline Miller
What’s it about?
Helios is the powerful god of the sun. He takes the nymph Perse for a wife and their first daughter Circe is born soon after. She is a strange child and struggles in this world of gods. This is Circe’s story- told by Madeline Miller.
What did it make me think about?
This made me think about a Greek Mythology class I took at the University of Illinois a very long time ago. Professor Scanlon would have loved this book! I really do need to tackle "The Iliad" and “The Odyssey” one day. Maybe later....
Should I read it?
So, earlier Madeline Miller wrote a runaway bestseller titled "The Song of Achilles" which I was just not interested in reading. I did not realize that Circe was another novel from this same author. Since it arrived in my library hold stack I decided to give it a try. So glad I did! This was so different than any book I have read recently. The characters are all taken from Greek mythology and twisted into a story that is fast paced and interesting. I recommend this one.
“That is one thing gods a mortals share. When we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world.”
If you like this try-
The Buried Giant by Kazoo Ishiguro
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His yeats of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
The Enchanted by Rene Denfield
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!