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Circe by Madeline Miller
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it was amazing
bookshelves: to-read

No wonder this one has garnered so much attention and so many awards. The characterisation of this awkward, neglected child in a society where men are prized for their strength and aggression and women are prized for their beauty, charisma and guile, is wonderful. A protagonist who isn't particularly beautiful or cunning, so develops a skill with potions and witchcraft, instead...

Once more, I was struck at just what a raw deal women got in this very masculine world where might was a done deal and if a woman started running and shouting 'no' - she was regarded as a challenge to be chased down... This could have been a bleak, traumatic read, but it isn't partly because of the beauty of the prose and partly because of the wonderful, layered first-person depiction of a complicated immortal living in a world in which she really doesn't fit. I found her take on Odysseus absolutely fascinating.

One of my outstanding reads of the year.
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January 1, 2019 – Shelved
January 1, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
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September 11, 2019 – Finished Reading

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