Circe (Hardback)Madeline Miller (author)
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‘Circe is a truly spellbinding novel, the mesmerising shimmer of ancient magic rising from it like a heat haze.’ - Mail on Sunday
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
Banished by Zeus to the remote island of Aiaia, Circe refines her craft, fate entwining her with legends: the messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. Ultimately, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
From the imaginative power that summoned Orange Prize-winning global bestseller The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller returns with an electrifying take on Greek Myth’s most misunderstood deity: the proud and vengeful Circe.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'This Me-Too era, kickass portrait of a woman trying to defy the men and Fates arrayed against her is enchanting. A blisteringly modern approach.' - The Times
'...[her prose] is supple, pitched in a register that bridges man and myth.' - The Guardian
‘Circe gives us a feminist slant on the Odyssey ... Miller makes these age-old texts thrum with contemporary relevance… An airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting.’ - The Observer
‘In a thrilling tour de force of imagination, Miller makes her otherworldly heroine a complex, sympathetic figure for whom we cheer throughout. Circe is a truly spellbinding novel, the mesmerising shimmer of ancient magic rising from it like a heat haze.’ - The Mail on Sunday
‘An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner.’ - Ann Patchett
‘Fabulous ... Bold and sensuously written, it plays brilliantly with the original myth of Circe.’ - The Daily Mail
‘In Circe, Miller gives depth and history to the title character, how it was she came to be on her island, and her struggles as an independent woman. The "heroes" of Greek myths - the gods, Odysseus and so on - get shoved to the side, as Miller brings to the forefront a fascinating, captivating female character. This is wonderfully detailed and well worth the more than five year wait since The Song of Achilles.’ – Stylist
‘A mesmerising, fiercely feminist and lyrical retelling of a story from Greek mythology - as enchanting as the enchantress herself.’ - Psychologies
‘Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman's life.’ - Eimear McBride
‘Horror, heartache and grit pour from the pages of this exquisitely written and compelling novel. An alchemist with words, Miller continues to rejuvenate the classics with her exceptional talent… Circe is one of the best and most rewarding books of 2018.’ - Attitude, Book of the Month
‘Gives Greek mythology a modern, feminist twist.’ - Elle
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“Deserves more than five stars....”
This is a first class story with unforgettable characters,beautiful writing and brings Circe to life.
She literally takes your breath away; comes in every emotion, her vulnerability, her endless love as lover and... More
Madeline Miller is a wonderful storyteller and this novel clearly shows her skill. This rich, poetic tapestry is shot through with threads of despair and glints of hope.
Intensely engaging in more ways than one.
“Breathes life into legend and myth”
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for an honest review.
I had loved The Song of Achilles by this author and so was keen to read this book. All I knew about Circe was... More
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