the next good book


By Madeline Miller


385 pages

What’s it about? Helios is the powerful god of the sun.  He takes the nymph Perse for a wife and their first daughter Circe is born soon after.  She is a strange child and struggles in this world of gods.  This is Circe’s story-  told by Madeline Miller. ​ What did it make me think about? This made me think about a Greek Mythology class I took at the University of Illinois a very long time ago.  Professor Scanlon would have loved this book!  I really do need to tackle “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” one day.  Maybe later….Should I read it? So, earlier Madeline Miller wrote a runaway bestseller titled “The Song of Achilles” which I was just not interested in reading.  I did not realize that Circe was another novel from this same author.  Since it arrived in my library hold stack I decided to give it a try.  So glad I did!  This was so different than any book I have read recently.  The characters are all taken from Greek mythology and twisted into a story that is fast paced and interesting.   I recommend this one. Quote- “That is one thing gods a mortals share.  When we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world.”

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