Book Review – CIRCE by Madeline Miller

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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.


Hello blog blossoms,

Today, I present you, my experience of reading Circe. Oh My God! What a book people! What a book!

sorry for my over enthusiasms and informal written expression but that’s what my brain does to me when I love a book and want to talk about it.

So I moved in Australia (and that’s the reason behind my absence in blog world) and got membership in my nearby library and Circe is the first book I put my hands on there. There were so much hype and I haven’t seen a negative review about it which doesn’t make me excited (sorry,that’s how I function sometimes) but the beautiful cover attracted me and ofcourse, the subject – retelling of greek mythology character.

Circe by Madeline Miller is a retelling of a minor goddess named Circe from Greek Mythology from her point of view. It’s a tale of a daughter who feels different from her family and a story about loving yourself, embracing what you are. I also find the story of circe about being honest, to your self and to everybody.

First of all, it take some time for me to indulge myself in the book as I have a very little idea about the character circe from my previous greek mythology reading experience and the writing style. I have read a lot about the olympians and they are the most glorified in the history of greek mythology which ended up as a very little knowledge about the titans in my knowledge bank. So I have to google a lot about circe as I couldn’t spot her properly in the mythos. Then being a Rick Riordan fan, I think I unintentionally crave for humor in any writing related to mythologies and look for a easy and funny writing style in cases of tales about the gods and goddesses. These two things held me back from enjoying the book till the half way of it. Then I start it again and convince myself to devour in a serious memoir of Circe and my final ride started.I enjoyed every bit of it.

The story holds almost every beautiful and ugly sides of Greek mythology. It is enjoyable for defined characters and the dark and lovely actions described in a vivid way.

They do not care if you are good.They barely care if you are wicked. The only thing that makes them listen is power.

In twisting tales we came to know how not to underestimate the underdogs like Circe who can explore the horizon with her blooming powers, without the help or blessings of others.

When a story is written in a first person’s point of view, it seems difficult to me to express other characters to their potential fully but this book is different in such case and Madeline Miller had done a great job. I applause her knitting of storyline where the reader can enjoy not having any basic knowledge about Greek Mythologies.

Another thing about Circe which impress me is how Madeline shaped her character throughout her phases of her life, through describing her roles as a daughter, a sister, a lover and specially a mother. I mean they are so relatable and so real that I love it. This book is a gold and lead you to read books like The Odyssey and others. You have to appreciate how a character stays on a place mostly still can captivate you in her story.

I want more of it now.

Ratings: 4.5 ★

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