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Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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Follows Circle, 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: Ashland : Hachette Book Group, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781549171772
Characteristics: 1 online resource : digital
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Additional Contributors: Weeks, Perdita 1985-
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Staff Book Review: Circe

I am not a Greek mythology buff by any stretch of the imagination, so you can understand my reluctance to pick up this book about the Greek goddess Circe, daughter of Helios (the Sun God). Much to my surprise however, Madeline Miller’s Circe was completely accessible. I thought, oh boy I’m going to get confused with all the long Greek mythology names and places, but I did not have any issues (more)

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 25, 2019

Gods, Titans, heroes, monsters, sex, war, tragedy, love, death, vengeance. Lots of vengeance. And of course, pigs -- because this is the story of Circe, witch of Aeaea, daughter of Helios, the sun god, and lover of Odysseus (“Ulysses” in some versions). *Circe* was a best-seller and deservedly on every best-of-the-year list I saw.

Told in first person, this could be just another rehash of Greek legends but instead is a spectacular, deeply moving, deeply *internal* retelling from the point of view of a woman. In doing so, Miller changes the story from heroism and revenge into the story of a powerful, immortal woman (hundreds of lifetimes of male crap to put up with) who is also an unappreciated daughter, a victim of rape, and a mother desperate to protect her son.

The book is beautifully written, with language as powerful and variable as the ocean. The observations of what makes heroes and what undoes them are like arrows from the bow of Odysseus. And the needs and tortures of being a mother are told in loving and painful detail. In fact, this novel turns the Greek legends on their heads, making the novel a story of *motherhood*.

The audio book reading by Perdita Weeks gets every drop of emotion and depth from the beautiful writing. I found that I was going to the gym more often, just for an excuse to listen. If you, like me, grew up with Greek mythology, this book is for you.

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