Circe: The No. 1 Bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles

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The captivating Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller by the Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles; 'spellbinding . a thrilling tour de force of the imagination' (Mail on Sunday)'Fabulous' Daily Telegraph'Blisteringly modern' The Times'Bold and sensuously written' Daily Mail'An airy delight' ObserverGod. Mortal. Daughter. Monster. Saviour. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Creator. Mother. Witch. Scorned, rejected and at last exiled from her father's house for her dark gifts, Circe arrives on the remote island of Aiaia with nothing but her wits and magic to help her. But there is danger for a solitary woman in the world, and Circe's independence and strange powers draw the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.Complicated and wounded, gifted and passionate, Madeline Miller's captivating Circe steps out of myth and into the present as a heroine for our time, and all times.

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ISBN-13: 9781526610140
ISBN-10: 1526610140
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 111 x 178 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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Firru . a dat nota:

I love Greek mythology & I live for Greek mythology. Now this was a bit different from what I expected and that's the main reason that made me enjoy it less. I thought that this is going to be more like the Percy Jackson series where we have a plot driven story with elements of retelling! But this was different, I really enjoyed the first part and it was what I wanted and more, then when Circe is on the island and the book concentrates on her life there, I began to lose interest. The story works like a collection of short stories more than concentrating on one story, although there was a progress in the bigger picture. But you know how Greek mythologies is all about insta-love and relationships and betrayals, so those short stories became redundant and boring! I don't blame the author if the mythology is like this but I wish it was more interesting than this.

Ancuta Crainic a dat nota:

My first book about Greek Mythology. Really an interesting book with important life lessons showing the power that an "outcast" person can convey by choosing to be different and trusting in themselves. Lovely. Highly Recommend! :)

Victor Tanasa a dat nota:

Absolutely beautiful, I was hooked from the first page. Following Circe's journey was a treat, her struggles being surprisingly relatable and modern. I loved how she crossed paths with other figures from mythology, be they mere mortals, heroes or gods. The way the story balances Circe's more intimate surroundings and actions with the complicated, cruel and punishing world of the gods was really well done - she is constrained by the latter and must always take into account the consequences of her decisions; although she does this, there are quite a few missteps along the way. But it's only more satisfying when she gets it right. This was an absolute joy to read, and it opened my appetite for more. I can't wait to get my hands on Miller's The Song of Achilles as well as Dan Simmon's Ilium and Olympos.

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Glitteringly written and utterly compulsive, Circe will appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood (2,500,000 TCM), Neil Gaiman (2,000,000 TCM), Donna Tartt (1,000,000 TCM) and Colm Toibin (800,000 TCM)

Notă biografică

Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and was translated into twenty-five languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade. She lives outside Philadelphia.


The exiled witch, who barely gets more than a mention in Homer's The Odyssey, is at the centre of a page-turning feminist romp
Circe back as superwoman . Homer's witch get a kickass modern makeover. Miller's Me Too-era, kickass portrait of a woman trying to defy the men and Fates arrayed against her is enchanting. Blisteringly modern
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
A brilliantly strange work of mythic science fiction, as effortlessly expressive within the palaces of gods as it is about the world below . Superb . This is both a fabulous novel and a fascinating retelling; the best compliment, perhaps, that any myth could hope for
Circe is poised to become the literary sensation of the summer, as much for the quality of its writing as its timeliness
It is out of these insights that Miller achieves real narrative propulsion . Supple, pitched in a register that bridges man and myth
The first witch in Western literature sets Homer straight as she tells her life story, from her unhappy childhood to her lonely island exile. The woman who emerges is complex and sympathetic. A spellbinding tour de force of imagination
Miller has effected a transformation just as impressive as any of her heroine's own: she's turned an ancient tale of female subjugation into one of empowerment and courage full of contemporary resonances
What more could you wish for on holiday than this fabulously written re-imagining of the myth? Gods, monsters and mortals are lushly evoked in a page-turner that is as gripping as a soap opera and which triumphantly fuses myth with our contemporary concerns
Dubbed the 'feminist Odyssey', there's so much to like about Circe. From the author of the much-loved The Song of Achilles, this novel puts a feminist spin on Greek mythology, recasting Circe, the vilified witch infamous for turning men into pigs, in a sympathetic light. Subverting the usual masculine tropes of epic adventure narratives, Miller tells the story of the women who have been historically silenced. And on top of that, she makes Greek myths and culture, which is often perceived as impenetrable and intimidating, accessible. A real page-turner
Illuminates known stories from a new perspective . Miller has determined, in her characterization of this most powerful witch, to bring her as close as possible to the human, as a thoughtful and compassionate woman who learns to love unselfishly . A highly psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of the protagonist herself
The Orange prizewinner Madeline Miller reimagines Circe, the witch from The Odyssey. In Miller's retelling Circe is a suitably bolshie character who is not going to be bossed around by men. The writing is beautiful
An epic that's also a page-turner
Fabulous . Bold and sensuously written, it plays brilliantly with the original myth of Circe
I've been waiting for Circe by Madeline Miller for what feels like forever. Since her 2011 debut, The Song of Achilles - a queer retelling of the Iliad from Patroclus' perspective - I've been crowing about the wit and magic of Miller's prose. Circe did not disappoint. It's a feminist tale of the nymph child of Helios, the sun god, who is exiled for practising witchcraft. Circe lives for hundreds of years, encountering heroes, gods and legends, but it never feels like a Greek mythology lesson. Actually, it feels more like a splashy, gossipy memoir written by a celebrity who has met everyone. I suspect this will be my book of the year
Greek myth is fertile fictional terrain for Miller, who won the Orange Prize with her debut, The Song of Achilles. Her new novel is narrated by Circe, the witch from Homer's Odyssey, who is banished to a remote island and there learns how to survive as a woman alone in the world
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
The Song of Achilles was a big hit; Circe will be, too
[Miller] gives voice to Circe as a multifaceted and evolving character ... Circe is very pleasurable to read, combining lively versions of familiar tales and snippets of other, related standards with a highly psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of the protagonist herself
God though she may be, here she faces life - and its love, heartbreak, loneliness and motherhood - with immensely relatable humanity. The definition of female strength in all its fractured, fragile glory
Offers opportunities for feminist revision of famous characters both mortal and divine, especially the egotistical Odysseus and the irresponsible and laddish Hermes. It also leads to a suspenseful metaphysical dilemma . Polished diction and descriptive powers
Absorbing ... One of the most amazing qualities of this novel [is]: We know how everything here turns out -we've known it for thousands of years - and yet in Miller's lush reimagining, the story feels harrowing and unexpected. The feminist light she shines on these events never distorts their original shape; it only illuminates details we hadn't noticed before. In the story that dawns from Miller's rosy fingers, the fate that awaits Circe is at once divine and mortal, impossibility strange and yet entirely human
A look at mythology with fresh eyes ... In Circe the female perspective sharpens into focus in a way that doesn't happen in the original
Miller excels at reworking myths and legends for a modern audience . Miller conjures up a cast of strong, relatable characters, from cold-hearted gods and flawed heroes to deadly monsters-and best of all-a strong female protagonist. Fabulously readable
Beautifully written throughout . Miller has broken [Circe] free of the conventions of the masculine epic
A refreshingly complex and utterly compelling portrait of one of the most intriguing women in western literature . Miller's depiction of what it feels like to work magic is extraordinarily vivid and convincing . What 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 . Circe can be part of that cycle of cruel and pointless conflict, or she can choose to break it. In this unforgettable novel, Miller makes us care about that magical, mythical choice
This is a gorgeous retelling of Homer's Odyssey blended with other legends. Miller creates a magical narrative: strong relatable characters, cold-hearted gods, flawed heroes, deadly monsters, and best of all, a strong female protagonist. Overall, it is fabulously readable
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
A mesmerising, fiercely feminist and lyrical retelling of a story from Greek mythology - as enchanting as the enchantress herself
Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman's life
An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner
Captivating ... Will entertain and enchant
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
Gives Greek mythology a modern, feminist twist
Even better than its predecessor. Written in supple, imaginative prose, it conjures up brilliantly a vivid world in which the lives of gods and mortals are intimately intertwined
Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation
A life-affirming tale of astonishing beauty . A sensuous, thrilling experience, combining exquisite prose with high drama . The pettiness and casual brutality of the deities is sadly recognisable in modern political times, while Circe's quest for validation will ring a chord with men and women alike
With her classicist's ear, Miller infuses her prose with Homeric rhythms, to mischievous and lovely effect. With nods to a wealth of ancient works, she crafts her own triumphant Circe . Miller's Circe is a shrewd and cool character, capable of great love but also possessed of a lethally ruthless streak. Her mixture of assiduous domesticity and merciless witchcraft is addictively conveyed
Miss Miller leaves us utterly bewitched