Circe

Circe

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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown and Company, 2018
ISBN: 9780316556347
0316556343
Branch Call Number: FIC Mill
Characteristics: 393 pages : map ; 25 cm

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This was hands-down my favorite read of 2018, and I can’t praise it highly enough – Miller manages to take a character from mythology who readers are already very familiar with and make her story feel fresh. It’s both beautifully written and also a page-turner, and it has one of my favorite endin... Read More »


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JANMAYS
May 15, 2020

POPULAR BOOK BUT I COULDN'T GET INTO IT.

ArapahoeJulieH May 11, 2020

The tale of Circe, daughter of Helios, mother of Odysseus. This book portrays Circe as a strong female character caught between the world of gods and mortals. Circe and this cast of characters brings Greek mythology to life…a great read!

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jkdasher
Mar 18, 2020

I guess it's just me...but I was bored ( sorry )

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 05, 2020

The book “Circe” by Madeline Miller is an intelligent novel with a unique outlook of the mythical goddess that is Circe. I am a Greek mythology fan and this was one of the best books I've read. The slow start introduces knowledge for all audiences just for the second half to engulf you in action. This author Madeline, did an extravagant job establishing a different perspective for Circe. The character development was near perfect. The book often has an emotional appeal. The characters are also described very vibrantly with information on their backstory and connection the main character, Circe, herself. The book also had a character list for anyone new to Greek Mythology. This page includes all characters that were significant to the story and some relations to the others. The themes are extremely easy to follow and are also very engaging for the readers. I found myself always trying to read an extra page and always found it hard to put the book down. I would rate this addictive novel a 5/5. This is my first 5/5 book, and it clearly deserves just from my astonishing, breath-taking experience alone.
@TheRomanV of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 02, 2020

Miller’s second novel, Circe, features a goddess who feels that she does not belong in either the realm of gods or mortals. When Circe discovers and uses her magical power, even mighty Zeus feels threatened. Circe’s father banishes her to a deserted Island where she hones her skills. Circe does not remain alone on the island for long, as both gods and mortals come to visit. Well-known figures such as Athena, Hermes, Odysseus and the Minotaur appear in Miller’s engaging tale.

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esrobbins
Feb 03, 2020

An epic story about the goddess Circe and her life of exile after using witchcraft to turn a mortal into a god and a nymph into the sea monster Scylla. Lots of references to Greek mythology throughout (obviously). A interesting read about all the famous mythological characters I already knew and some I’d never heard of. You do not need to have read “The Song of Achilles” before this one. I enjoyed this book enough to go back and read “Song of Achilles”.

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khill11
Jan 17, 2020

"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."

I loved this one! A wonderfully told mythological fantasy of epic proportions! Millers use of language is stunning and beautiful, she does an amazing job weaving together the stories of gods and men.

Circe is the daughter of Helios (god of the sun) she never felt like she belonged in the land of the gods. So she turns to mortals for companionship but then she commits a crime against one of her own and is exiled to eternity on a deserted island. This book spans thousands of years and so much happens to Circe in this time. We see an evolution of her character. On the island she finds joy, anger and lonliness, and discovers her true self and the vastness of her powers she was led to believed were non existent. Her path crosses with several mythological figures and mortals, including Odysseus. She is a great character with a lot of depth, feminist and strong but flawed also.

There are a lot of characters in this book, with big and small storylines, and they all play a part in Circe's journey in one way or another. I become fascinated looking up the mythology behind all these characters and Miller stays true to their history. I devoured this book! The hype is real and I'm looking forward to The Song Of Achilles! Highly reccomend checking this one out if you haven't already.

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trickbag22
Jan 08, 2020

I always loved Greek mythology and my tour of Greece added to my love. This novel inspires me to actually read the Homer classics. Circe comes alive in this story as on no other. Loved it

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AaronAardvark1940
Jan 02, 2020

We really liked this book. I read the Iliad and the Odyssey around the age of 20 (plus or minus a few years; I'm not sure) and my wife never read either of them. Those books made me a bit of a mythology fan those many years ago, so this book, covering centuries of Greek story-telling, was a lot of fun. Miller humanizes Circe, turning her into a woman who gradually recognizes her own strengths and becomes comfortable with using them. She struggles with her weaknesses throughout the story. She arrives at an unexpected (at least for me) resolution.

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elyse0513
Dec 29, 2019

Mythology

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ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

He showed me his scars, and in return he Let me pretend that I had none.

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ambdizzle
Sep 26, 2019

But most of all my father’s voice, speaking those words like trash he dropped. Such as you. Any other day in all my years of life I would have curled upon myself and wept. But that day his scorn was like a spark falling on dry tinder.

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“Witches are not so delicate.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

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tamun
Sep 06, 2019

“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.”

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m0mmyl00
Aug 12, 2019

Pg. 273 of the hardcover, “It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts.”
Pg. 311 of the hardcover, “But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.”

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.

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jimg2000
Jan 26, 2019

WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.
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See her arrange her dress so it drapes just so over her shoulders. I see her dab her fingers, glinting, in the water. I have seen her do a thousand such tricks a thousand times. My father always fell for them. He believed the world’s natural order was to please him.
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Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” My mother had been simpler: like savage bags of rotten flesh.

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