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Circe de Madeline Miller
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Circe (original: 2018; edição: 2018)

de Madeline Miller (Autor)

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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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Título:Circe
Autores:Madeline Miller (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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In this marvelous work of literary fiction, Miller, tells us the story of Circe, daughter of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, and possibly best known for turning Odysseus’s men into swine.

I studied the classics in high school so was familiar with the basic story line, and some of the family connections, but Miller gives me so much more detail and really fleshes out these characters. With the possible exception of Scylla, no one is all good or all evil. Whether mere mortals, or exalted gods, they succumb to jealousy, ambition, greed, lust, and pride. They exhibit compassion, tenderness, loyalty and love.

This is the stuff of myths, so there are fantastical elements. I kept wondering where Circe got all her stores of provisions – seemingly endless supplies of wine, cheese, fruit, bread, not to mention the many herbs she used for her potions. But I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, and gave myself up to Miller’s excellent and gripping story-telling.

Miller’s writing wove a spell that completely enthralled me. I was so beguiled that a part of me wished the novel itself were immortal, and that I could keep reading forever.

I listened to the audiobook, marvelously performed by Perdita Weeks. She has many characters to handle and she has the skill to do it well.

I was glad to have a copy of the text handy, as well, because it includes a cast of characters which explains the various relationships between gods, mortals and monsters. ( )
  BookConcierge | Oct 25, 2021 |
réécriture moderne de la mythologie : génial ( )
  fortipichon | Oct 17, 2021 |
I started reading this novel as my bus/public transport book in early March, so it became a casualty of the work-from-home regime and later lockdown that I struggled to pick up at home. On the whole, I thought it was a good read, a retelling of Circe's life from her point of view, but not one that swept me into the story so much that I'd struggle to put the book down. ( )
  mari_reads | Oct 13, 2021 |
A cathartic romp through greek mythology; an interrogation of mortality, loss, love.

I had found, in my brief forays into [b:The Odyssey|1381|The Odyssey|Homer|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1390173285l/1381._SY75_.jpg|3356006], that the gods and heroes are depicted as one-dimensional and... well... boring. Difficult to read as anything other than an academic exercise (sorry).

Miller was clever. She took characters I would never give a damn about, and etched them boldly into my mind; took a minor character from the mythos and built a whole world around her. Made her strong, interesting, flawed; made her 'real', filled in the gaps, intricately furnished her world, and picked the perfect register to match.

I loved this book.

Content warning: child abuse, trauma, torture, misogyny, rape, incest, bestiality, adultery, poisoning, coercion of will, gore, body horror, death, loss of a child ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
Mitos contados con sensibilidad moderna. Una forma magnifica de mantener la mitologia griega viva! ( )
  trusmis | Sep 30, 2021 |
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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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Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
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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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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