By Madeline Miller
Why this book?
I love myths re-imagined, and this is the best I’ve ever read. Circe, the enchantress of Homer’s Odyssey, comes to vivid life in this novel. She is so real, so flawed, and in the end, so admirable. There is nothing noble about divinity in this re-telling – the gods, whether Olympian or Titan, are treacherous and often despicable. With that in mind, watching Circe struggle against her own divinity throughout her long life, watching her humanity grow and develop, is deeply moving. This is the kind of book you read more and more slowly as the end nears, and I finished it in tears. Beautiful!
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