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Circe de Madeline Miller
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Circe (2018 original; edició 2019)

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 (2019), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would (I feel like I say that about every YA book I read. I'll have to stop judging YA books so harshly at some point). The Odyssey was one of my favorite stories to read when I was a kid and I always had conflicted feelings about Circe. At first I hated her, then she became more intriguing. Still, it was all speculation until Miller gave the story new life with this rendition.

Circe's character development strikes me as being especially rich in this story (it would have to be, she has a lot of time to kill) which is something Miller excels at. I found myself reflecting on earlier parts of the novel as if they involved different characters, as if it was a different story completely. Which of course, it was. By the end Circe reflects just as much on her previous lives and the lifetimes of men she has lived as an immortal. There are plenty of stories with reflective characters, but none that I've read recently that pull the reader this close. That said, there were particularly ugly parts of the story that were distanced by falling back on the conventions of Homer's myths. The tone was preserved beautifully, but I personally enjoyed not being asked to experience her trauma with her.

I would certainly recommend this book as it's a fun and engrossing read, especially to anyone who grew up with a copy of Homer's work in their hand. ( )
  illarai | Jun 26, 2024 |
Beautiful story about a nymph who feels closer to being a mortal than being a god. Gods don’t change. Circe grows from being a newborn god, knowing nothing of the world, creating monsters out of jealousy, to become the kindest and loving goddess.
The story is well written and it kept me engaging throughout. Her choice of becoming a mortal at the end is also foreseeable, yet satisfied ( )
  heolinhdam | Jun 25, 2024 |
I haven't read a book this well-written in a long time. Elegant prose throughout. I loved the way Miller added depth and nuance to the classic Greek myths I've read throughout my lifetime. The whole book was just delicious, the ending poetic. ( )
  superadmin_group3 | Jun 20, 2024 |
G e n i a l ă!!! ( )
  mariatanase | Jun 19, 2024 |
Circe by Madeline Miller, can be best described as a woman's ordeal and search for identity and power. The plot is so smooth that so many women can connect with Circe's character. A powerless woman searching for the true meaning of life in her own way was something to brace upon. But, the book doesn't have much Greek action, as the story is narrated from the main character's viewpoint.

Although the plot slowed down in the middle, the narrator's voice kept me hooked. It was the latter half of the book that was far more interesting and something to set your mind on. Circe's character development from Helios's daughter to a mother was amazing. It is the first time I am reading a Greek Mythology from a woman's POV. I read the book as a part of the #52booksin52weeks reading challenge. Definitely, the book deserves 4 stars and I am all set to read the next book by the author. ( )
  Sucharita1986 | Apr 24, 2024 |
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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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Madeline Millerautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Ciani, Maria GraziaEpílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Magrì, MarinellaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Staehle, WillDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Weeks, PerditaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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“A happy man is too occupied with his life. He thinks he is beholden to no one. But make him shiver, kill his wife, cripple his child, then you will hear from him. He will starve his family for a month to buy you a pure-white yearling calf. If he can afford it, he will buy you a hundred.” “But surely,” I said, “you have to reward him eventually. Otherwise, he will stop offering.” “Oh, you would be surprised how long he will go on. But yes, in the end, it’s best to give him something. Then he will be happy again. And you can start over.”
This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practice and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.
Timidity creates nothing.
But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.
As it turned out, I did kill pigs that night after all.
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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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