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

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERTHE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERFrom the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's OdysseyChosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, i, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and StylistIn the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws 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.Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

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ISBN-13: 9781408890080
ISBN-10: 1408890089
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 153 x 234 x 37 mm
Greutate: 0.68 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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Circe will appeal to fans of The House of Names by Colm Tóibín, The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, The Secret History by Donna Tartt and the work of Neil Gaiman.

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. Madeline holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade. She has also studied at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, and at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and She lives in Pennsylvania.


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
Enough magic, enchantment, voyages and wonders to satisfy the most jaded sword-and-sorcery palate. Miller approaches Odysseus's story from Circe's point of view, richly evoking her protagonist's overlapping identities as goddess, witch, lover and mother
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
A triumph
Circe is poised to become the literary sensation of the summer, as much for the quality of its writing as its timeliness
This year's novels were filled with the angry clamour of women's voices: ignored, idealistic or excitingly ambivalent. Madeline Miller reflected the mood for feminist revisionism with her lissom follow-up Circe, which casts the witch goddess in the Odyssey not as a bit player in a man's epic but as the star of her own show
It was a big year for creative retelling of myth and pre-modern literature; a favourite was Madeline Miller's Circe, a distinctive, lyrical novel about power, agency and reponsibility, from the point of view of this crafty, much-misunderstood goddess
The writing is lovely, the tone assured, and the touch just right