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Circe (2018)

de 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.… (mais)
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  BurlingtonComLibrary | Apr 20, 2024 |
I was brought up on Greek myths. I knew the lot, and read and re-read them constantly (I was a Latin teacher's daughter, after all). So I was half looking forward to, half wary of this book. Would it be a re-hash , and disrespectful one at that, of some of my favourite stories?

Well, no. Miller is steeped in these legends, as I was. But she has considered them, and thought how it might actually feel to be a god, a nymph, and above all a woman in Ancient Greek and Olympian society.

Circe, immortal Circe tells her story through the hundreds of years of her life. She's known Prometheus; Daedalus and Icarus; Ariadne and the Minotaur; Jason of Golden Fleece fame, and most importantly, Odysseus, and has stories about all of them. She herself, a bit of a misfit to Helios, her sun god father and her naiad mother, is eventually exiled to the uninhabited island of Aeaea, where she discovers and then hones her skills as a witch. We witness her growing independence; her satisfactions as she develops her spells; her joys and loneliness. She takes lovers as they come her way, but never abandons herself to them: self-protection matters. She's to some extent realistic about their - and her faults, but is to a large extent blind to the shortcomings of her next-to-last lover, Odysseus.

Her struggles with the powers of the gods, with those characters who come her way over the centuries are interesting psychological battles. Though in many ways the last section of the book, in which the story between herself, Penelope, Telemachus and her own son Telegonus resolves itself, is a little too neat: more contrived than I found the rest of the story.

I enjoyed this treatment of tales with which I was once familiar: their weaving into one satisfactory narrative. Most of all, I enjoyed the development of the character of loner, out-of-step Circe, all but outcast in her younger years, but growing to effective independence over the decades of her isolation from the world of the gods. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
Circe, a character from Mythology is represented here as a feminist heroine. Exiled and abandoned, she lives an independent life, defending herself against mortals and gods. Beautifully written.
I have to admit, I don't know a lot about Greek mythology. The book includes a "cast of characters", including Olympians, Titans, humans, and monsters. The book has inspired an interest in reading more about these characters! I also enjoyed listening to an interview with the author in which she describes her reasons for choosing to write about Circe, and also recommends further reading. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
It seems when I engage in anything to do with Greek Gods (university courses, tv shows, movies, video games, books) I think I should like it way more than I actually do. I don't know if it's the storytelling or that I'm sort of over it or if I've just heard the stories so many times yet still can't retain exactly who is God of what, only that they like to fight and fuck everything and are incredibly pompous.

I know this book received a lot of critical praise, but it didn't entirely work for me. It didn't help that we took a major break with about 20% to go or that the final section felt like it dragged on and on, while the first half was quite exciting. Perdita Weeks was a phenomenal audiobook narrator, she did a tremendous job and I don't think the book is poorly written, it just didn't click entirely for me. ( )
  hskey | Apr 10, 2024 |
Beautiful retelling. I love it when someone is able to help me have empathy for an immortal goddess. ( )
  pianistpalm91 | Apr 7, 2024 |
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“Circe” will surely delight readers new to the witch’s stories as it will many who remember her role in the Greek myths of their childhood: Like a good children’s book, it engrosses and races along at a clip, eliciting excitement and emotion along the way.
 
Miller has taken the familiar materials of character, and wrought some satisfying turns of her own.
 
[W]hat elevates Circe is Miller’s luminous prose, which is both enormously readable and evocative, and the way in which she depicts the gulf between gods and mortals.
adicionado por ScattershotSteph | editarThe Irish Times, Anna Carey (Apr 21, 2018)
 
Written in prose that ripples with a gleaming hyperbole befitting the epic nature of the source material, there is nothing inaccessible or antiquated about either Circe or her adventures.
 
The character of Circe only occupies a few dozen lines of [the Odyssey], but Miller extracts worlds of meaning from Homer's short phrases.
 

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Madeline Millerautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Ciani, Maria GraziaPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Magrì, MarinellaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Staehle, WillDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Weeks, PerditaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practice and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.
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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.
As it turned out, I did kill pigs that night after all.
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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.

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