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November 2018: Literary Fiction > Circe, by Madeline Miller, 4.5 stars

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message 1: by NancyJ (last edited Nov 29, 2018 09:23PM) (new) - added it

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4887 comments Circe by Madeline Miller. I'd give this book 4.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book about the goddess Circe, who is best known as a character in The Odyssey. I knew just enough mythology to appreciate the references, but not so much that I was bored by it (or picky about the details). I like that the author showed us alternative perspectives of characters and stories from other books. I also liked the feminist messages, the adventures, and Circe's relationships and growth over time. I really liked the ending. It felt earned, not arbitrary or convenient. I made additional comments about this book in the buddy read. This book strongly reinforced my opinions that immortality would be very lonely, and Gods are capricious and often cruel.

I initially gave this book 5 stars, and I might lower my rating to 4 stars. It will depend on how much I continue to think about the book over the next few weeks or months.


message 2: by Theresa (last edited Nov 29, 2018 09:27PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Theresa | 6057 comments 'Earned' is an apt description of the ending!


KateNZ | 2207 comments Very apt - that’s such a lovely way to put it


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Good review. This book will have you thinking for some time.


Magdalena | 414 comments Wonderful review! I really liked how the author showed us alternative perspectives to characters and stories as well.


Joanne (joabroda1) | 7102 comments Lovely review-so glad you enjoyed it!


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4887 comments Thanks for the comments!


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