Circe

Circe

Audiobook CD - 2018
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child, not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, [2018]
Copyright Date: ℗2018
ISBN: 9781549142383
1549142380
Branch Call Number: CD FIC MILLER
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 12 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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Additional Contributors: Weeks, Perdita 1985-

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 25, 2019

Gods, Titans, heroes, monsters, sex, war, tragedy, love, death, vengeance. Lots of vengeance. And of course, pigs -- because this is the story of Circe, witch of Aeaea, daughter of Helios, the sun god, and lover of Odysseus (“Ulysses” in some versions). *Circe* was a best-seller and deservedly on every best-of-the-year list I saw.

Told in first person, this could be just another rehash of Greek legends but instead is a spectacular, deeply moving, deeply *internal* retelling from the point of view of a woman. In doing so, Miller changes the story from heroism and revenge into the story of a powerful, immortal woman (hundreds of lifetimes of male crap to put up with) who is also an unappreciated daughter, a victim of rape, and a mother desperate to protect her son.

The book is beautifully written, with language as powerful and variable as the ocean. The observations of what makes heroes and what undoes them are like arrows from the bow of Odysseus. And the needs and tortures of being a mother are told in loving and painful detail. In fact, this novel turns the Greek legends on their heads, making the novel a story of *motherhood*.

The audio book reading by Perdita Weeks gets every drop of emotion and depth from the beautiful writing. I found that I was going to the gym more often, just for an excuse to listen. If you, like me, grew up with Greek mythology, this book is for you.

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