It has been such a long time since I’ve written a review, mainly because most of the books I have been currently reading are either for school or I’ve not been reading much at all. Regardless, today I’m here to talk about Circe, Madeline Miller’s new book. This book was given to me on my birthday by a group of my best friends, and I am so happy they bought it for me, because I loved it.
Circe is not a typical book. For one thing, books don’t usually span hundreds of years following one character. It is deeply–very deeply–rooted in Greek mythology that you may or may not know of. As a Classics student, I knew a lot of the myths in this book, even though there were still a lot that I had not heard of before. Therefore, there were somethings that I expected would happen. The beauty of this book, though, was that even if I knew something was going to happen, I only wanted to read on more fervently because I wanted to find out why said thing happened.
I would honestly say that you shouldn’t know much before reading this book. Knowing that it is about Circe should be enough, especially if you have a strong mythological background like I do. It is a beautifully written tale of love, lies, the twists and turns of mythology, and tragedies. Most of all, it is about women. I do not know what I expected from this novel. I had actually though that it might be a story of how Circe became “evil”. It was not like that. Circe was so relatable, so calm in her ways. She was logical and yet felt human at the same time. There was no decision that she made that I thought was out of the ordinary, and this is what surprised me most of all.
I loved it. (5 stars).
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