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I hadn't thought about these characters since Humanities class in college and I'm 65 years old now. That light exposure was enough to carry me through so that I always felt like I knew what was going on and who the characters were. Most of them anyway. This book was very hard to put down. I enjoyed every minute spent with it.
This beautiful book- was nearly impossible to put down. I was attempting to read it Ali g with a book club and literally had to hid it from myself for a week or I was going to blaze through it to quickly. This was my first taste of Madeline Miller’s work- and so naturally I can barely hold myself back from running off to the book store tomorrow to get The Song of Achilles.
With all the twists and turns and throw backs to 11th grade English class and that long ago study of The Odyssey I still was never sure where this would end . I couldn’t be more pleased and content as I sighed relief and closed this book for the last time. A true gem.
I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology. I loved reading about characters and story references that I had heard before. I had honestly forgotten about Odysseus meeting Circe, and some people I had to Google to remember (like her niece Medea. I had forgotten her, but the Argonauts didn't much hold my interest when I read about her and Jason).
Hope there is more Mythology books in the future
So, disclaimer, I am familiar with Greek mythology from many years in school. If you know absolutely nothing about mythology, or who the various gods and goddess are, it might seem confusing. My advice would be to just push through that, because those details don't really matter for this particular story. The somewhat confusing lineage of the gods has little to do with Circe beyond knowing the difference between the Titans and the Olypians (which if you're still confused, there is a reference in the back of the book). I thought Madeline Miller did a good job of incorporating some of the ridiculous stories in mythology in a way that actually seemed plausible.
Now, as I said, I loved this except for the entire section with Odysseus and Telegonus. While I can see how it was necessary for the development of Circe, it should have been heavily edited in my opinion. It got incredibly dull after I had enjoyed everything leading up to it. I'm actually surprised that Odysseus of all characters was probably the least interesting. I'm glad I made it through that though. I found the ending enjoyable as well.
So all in all I would highly recommend this book, and I hope Book of the Month has more sagas like this in the future.
So, I finished Circe around midnight. What do you all think? Do you think Circe’s excile was just and do you think she spent her time in excile well? Also, what did you think of the ending? Lastly, do any of you know any other books like Circe. I plan on checking out Song of Achilles later this year.
Often with BOTM's selections (lately), I need to really give the books a chance. I'm having a really hard time getting in to this one. Anyone having a good experience with this one?
I was really excited but the back "shipped" a week ago, then hasn't moved from where it was.
I’m new here, excited for this book to get here