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It's no secret that I love Greek Mythology, it was the overall theme for my reading this year... So of course, I picked up Circe by Madeline Miller when it was the Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month back in April.
This is the first of Miller’s book that I’ve read but she’s definitely an author I want to read more of! Her writing was eloquent, captivating and atmospheric making it a pleasure to read. Coupled with the vivid descriptions of The Sun God’s halls, the underwater palace of the titan, Oceanos and the Island, the first-person narrative permits the reader to experience everything from Circe’s POV and immerses you into the setting completely.
Formerly a villain in the original text, Miller has redeemed her in this retelling which provides a much-needed back story. I found it influenced my interpretation of The Odyssey, which I read afterwards, greatly. For me, Circe is an anti-hero – portrayed as the wicked goddess who prevents Odysseus from returning to home and turns his men into pigs, when in reality she is a victim to the whim of the fates and the cruelties of the gods as much as Odysseus and his men.
Whether you are a novice to the world of Greek Mythology or well versed in the tales, Miller’s ability to write accessibly shows she is a natural born storyteller and makes the plot easy to follow. By far one of my favourite reads this year, I’d recommend Circe to anyone!