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Circe (edició 2020)

de Madeline Miller (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Circe
Autors:Madeline Miller (Autor)
Informació:Back Bay Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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We just got ourselves a new pastor. By way of introducing herself this past summer, she mentioned that she was currently reading Circe. So I figured to put a copy on hold and check it out. Several months later, the book became available, and I began reading it.

This appears to be a mix of Greek mythology and imagined Greek mythology. As such, I had some problems getting into it. I don't remember enough mythology from junior high and high school to separate the fanciful from the "true". Eventually, I realized that wasn't the point. Mythology is, after all, fanciful by nature. So what's the harm in embroidering on extant mythology?

Circe is a goddess who was a daughter of the Titan, Helios, and the daughter of another Titan, Oceanus. For the longest time, she was pretty much ignored in the halls of the Titans. But she did something that caused her to be exiled to a small island, Aiaia (Aeaea, according to Wikipedia). She lived there with a bunch of animals, wolves and lions and what not, but animals she had tamed to be benign. She was a witch who could cast spells with salves and potions made from special herbs along with a few accompanying words.

Eventually, some shipwrecked sailors show up, and when they indicate that they don't have honorable intentions towards her, she turns them into pigs. Other ships show up and her herd of swine increases. Eventually, one ship shows up, the sailors behave in such a way as they're turned into pigs. But later on the captain of the ship shows up, and he seems a decent sort. He is Odysseus, on his way home to Ithaca after the Trojan war has ended. He stays a year with Circe, then heads off to Ithaca, with his crew having been turned back into sailors. Circe, left behind, discovers she is pregnant and bears Odysseus' child.

Well, lots more goes on, of course, some fanciful, some more-or-less like normal life, albeit with deities involved. About halfway through I was drawn into the story line and found the book to be a fun read, albeit not really my cup of tea, so to speak. So, I'd probably put a ' ' on the 3*s, were that allowed on GoodReads.
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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
Really loved this and couldn't put it down. Many familiar stories from the Odyssey, but told from the viewpoint of Circe. I only knew Circe as the witch who turned Odysseus men to pigs, but she has a much more interesting life. Circe is one badass naiad! Fantastic read. ( )
  mojomomma | Jan 3, 2021 |
This was beautifully written and an absolutely absorbing read. I couldn't think of anything but getting back to the story the entire time and so finished it quickly. I hope this author writes more stories about Greek gods and goddesses.

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  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
This was beautifully written and an absolutely absorbing read. I couldn't think of anything but getting back to the story the entire time and so finished it quickly. I hope this author writes more stories about Greek gods and goddesses.

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  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
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“Circe” will surely delight readers new to the witch’s stories as it will many who remember her role in the Greek myths of their childhood: Like a good children’s book, it engrosses and races along at a clip, eliciting excitement and emotion along the way.
 
Miller has taken the familiar materials of character, and wrought some satisfying turns of her own.
 
[W]hat elevates Circe is Miller’s luminous prose, which is both enormously readable and evocative, and the way in which she depicts the gulf between gods and mortals.
 
Written in prose that ripples with a gleaming hyperbole befitting the epic nature of the source material, there is nothing inaccessible or antiquated about either Circe or her adventures.
 
The character of Circe only occupies a few dozen lines of [the Odyssey], but Miller extracts worlds of meaning from Homer's short phrases.
 

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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.

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