All those pieces of the island, beach and grove and meadow, scale and feather and fur
Circe, unpopular amongst gods and demigods, is punished for showing some kindness to Prometheus, who’s in chains when she meets him and sentenced to his demise. She is banned to live on an island by herself for the rest of her days, meaning eternity. But she is a powerful sorceress developing miraculous strengths. This is her st... Circe, unpopular amongst gods and demigods, is punished for showing some kindness to Prometheus, who’s in chains when she meets him and sentenced to his demise. She is banned to live on an island by herself for the rest of her days, meaning eternity. But she is a powerful sorceress developing miraculous strengths. This is her story from her point of view. It is such an immensely satisfying read! The book doesn’t feed so much on Greek mythology than brush most elegantly by it. Mind you, there is magic, and there are monsters. The descriptions of nature, both “real” and metaphorical, are simply wonderful. “His skin was beautiful, the colour of polished walnut. It smelled of green moss drenched with rain.” “The beach ebbed and flowed, its curves changing with every winter season. Even the cliffs were different, carved by the rain and wind, by the claws of countless scrabbling lizards, by the seeds that stuck and sprouted in their cracks. Everything was united by the steady rise and fall of nature’s breath.” Nature serves as a relief for immense pain: “I thought I would die of such pain … sharp and fierce as a blade through my chest. But of course I did not die. I would live on, through each scalding moment to the next. This is the grief that makes our kind to choose to be stones and trees rather than flesh.” “Surely there was some divine trick to make the hours go faster… I closed my eyes. Through the window I heard the bees singing in the garden. My lion’s tail beat against the stones. An eternity later, when I opened my eyes, the shadows had not even moved.” It’s a story of great loneliness and yearning. It’s a story of great injustice: “Often those men in most need hate most to be grateful, and will strike at you just to feel whole again.” “It was true what Hermes said. Every moment mortals died, by shipwreck and sword, by wild beasts and wild men, by illness, neglect and age. It was their fate, as Prometheus had told me, the story that they all shared. No matter how vivid they were in life, no matter how brilliant, no matter the wonders they made, they came to dust and smoke. Meanwhile every petty and useless god would go on sucking down the bright air until the stars went dark.” What would it be like, to live forever? How do we live and die? This brilliant book is also a wistful contemplation of love and mortality.
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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
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.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
Named one of the 'Best Books of 2018' by NPR, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, and Refinery 29.
Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages.