Circe, by Madeline Miller
October 25, 2018 11:53 AM - by Madeline Miller - Subscribe

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.

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller "manages to be 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).
posted by roger ackroyd (5 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Inspired by this post. I'm currently enjoying the audiobook.
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:54 AM on October 25, 2018

Fantastic read. There's healing in the telling of things.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:56 PM on January 20, 2019

This is a fantastic book. Anyone who ever loved Greek mythology should read it.
posted by homunculus at 1:12 PM on May 30, 2019

I am very late to this party but what an amazing pleasure this book was.
posted by MaritaCov at 11:29 PM on July 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

Very late to the party on this one, as I only now discovered it. I’m about 2/3 through the book and have been enjoying the hell out of it. It really breathes fresh life into those ancient mythologies, but from the point of view and voice of an insider. It’s like reading a family story, only, y’know, everyone’s a god. The blemishes, pettiness, and silliness are on full display.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:27 AM on May 3

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