Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
What I enjoyed:
Miller made me ponder, so, was Circe a plain, spiteful goddess or merely a misunderstood witch? Women have always been given a negative or weaker image for centuries, as Circe was in Homer’s Odyssey.
But Miller changed that. She gave Circe a strong voice and character; one who was defiant in her own right, who determined her own fate and who succeeded against all odds with no help but her strength and courage alone.
Miller uses a language that’s easy to understand and follow, even for a person like me who doesn’t know much about Greek mythology.
I also appreciate the fact that the book provided a list of all the characters mentioned in this story. It made the entire experience so much more enjoyable.
You know how sometimes you get so ‘involved’ in some characters that you feel heavy-hearted leaving them when their stories end? That’s for me after reading ‘The Master and Margarita’ but not so much Circe. Not because I didn’t like the characters, but I felt that the characters were pretty much ‘settled’ and complete when it ended, especially Circe who found herself, and happiness, and is no longer bound to the lives of those who weren’t worthy of her love.
But in Miller’s story, this didn’t happen, instead Odysseus life was put in Circe’s hands, who decided to be lenient with him when he showed interests in her works.
In Miller’s version, the part of the woodpecker wasn’t mentioned.
“When Telegonos (Telegonus) learned from Kirke (Circe) that he was Odysseus’ son, he sailed out in search of his father . . . He took the corpse [of Odysseus] and Penelope to Kirke, and there he married Penelope. Kirke dispatched them both to the Islands of the Blest.”
In Miller’s version, there was no mention of Odysseus’ body.
Yep. I am the boss of my life!
Sad, but true.
And yet, war seems to always be the choice. Sigh!
The world has always been unjust…Reality sucks. That’s why I read to escape!