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Circe

2018 . Fiction, Historical, Classics, Literary . Madeline Miller

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273 total

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525K total

About the book

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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. #1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Little, Brown

Pages:

400

ISBN:

0316556335 (ISBN13: 9780316556330)

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Reviews

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

9 months ago

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This is not a book I would normally read if it wasn't for all the awesome reviews from friends. I was really pleasantly surprised! It's a cool way to learn about Greek mythology and at the same time follow along with an interesting and captivating story. The first half of the book was a 9/10 for me, but then it sort of lost steam a bit, and it got a bit repetitive and I was missing new development in the plot. Overall a really cool book that I quite enjoyed!

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

10 months ago

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After many of my friends recommended this I finally got started! What an awesome book and fun way to learn about Greek mythology! Really enjoying it so far

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11 months ago

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Zeus banishes Helios' daughter to an island, where she must choose between living with gods or mortals.

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Tess Hartigan

2 years ago

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Gorgeously written and a book that you can’t put down- you’ll recognize Circe from the Odessa but this amazing sophomore book from Madeline Miller deserves all the critical praise. Walking the line between gods and mortals, I highly recommend for anyone who ever so briefly was enameled with mythology.

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Laura Giles

2 weeks ago

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Boring

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Silvana Procopio

1 month ago

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Love the feminism in this book

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Lady Darktree

6 months ago

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This was a great read.

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Stuart Chaplin

9 months ago

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Best book I've read in years

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Annie Hickman

2 years ago

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Entertaining, but didn’t blow me away.

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