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Circe

byMadeline Miller

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of Achilles, which brilliantly reimagines the life of Circe, formidable sorceress of The Odyssey

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.

PRAISE FOR CIRCE
 
"Circe' [is] a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story that 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, New York Times
 
"Spellbinding… Miller has created a daring feminist take on a classic narrative; although the setting is a mystical world of gods, monsters, and nymphs, the protagonist at its heart is like any of us."  --- O Magazine
"Miller's spell builds slowly, but by the last page you'll be in awe. In prose of dreamlike simplicity, she reimagines the myth of Circe."  --- People
 
"Miller, with her academic bona fides and born instinct for storytelling, seamlessly grafts modern concepts of selfhood and independence to her mystical reveries of smoke and silver, nectar and bones."      --- Entertainment Weekly
 
"A romp, an airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting."  --- Guardian
 
"Madeline Miller, master storyteller, conjures Circe glowing and alive - and makes the Gods, nymphs and heroes of ancient Greece walk forth in all their armored splendor...A breathtaking novel."  --- Helen Simonson, author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
 
"A veritable Who's Who of the gods of Olympus and the heroes of ancient Greece, Circe knows them all and we see them through her perceptive eyes. This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant.  Stunning, touching, and unique."  --- Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero
 
"Written with power and grace, this enchanting, startling, gripping story casts a spell as strong and magical as any created by the sorceress Circe." --- Mary Doria Russell, author of Epitaph
 
"Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written, story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman's life"  --- Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
 
"Circe bears its own transformative magic, a power enabled by Miller's keen eye for beauty, adventure, and reinvention… This book is an immense gift to anyone who reads to find their own bravery and quest." --- Affinity Konar, author of Mischling
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.
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Title:CirceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316556343

ISBN - 13:9780316556347

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from really really good book really good book, got me thinking while i was reading it
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun to read I was so excited when I saw this book — I absolutely love Greek mythology, the Odyssey is one of my favourite books of all time, and I was fascinated to read about Circe, who has only been presented as a minor character in Greek myth. And I wasn’t disappointed. Miller did an amazing job of bringing this goddess to life, to telling her story in an empowering way, and even to staying true to the myths. I love taking a character from myth or history and presenting them with a backstory and motivations and seeing where that all leads. The book has the richness and history of someone who understands Greek myth–the story is peppered with details that add to this authenticity and enhance its scope. There are some lovely descriptions and writing. But, most of all, there is Circe, the witch from the Odyssey who turns men into swine. We get to understand how she got there, her childhood and history, her point of view of events. We get to see this amazing woman grow and become formidable, all entwined with Classical Greek themes of gods and mortals, fate and choices, and being a hero versus living a long, quiet life. If you love Greek myth or strong heroines, I highly recommend this book. Note: I received a copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-04-09

Editorial Reviews

"magic... coursing withCirce's powers and told in language that's river-swift, unobtrusively modern,appropriately lyrical, and polished as bronze."-Library Journal