“Circe gives us a feminist slant on the Odyssey. Miller makes these age-old texts thrum with contemporary relevance. An airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting.”

 

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

This novel follows The Song of Achilles, Miller’s retelling of the legend of Troy. Circe is a nymph, daughter of a greek God. Legend has her as a witch. In this recreation of parts of her legend we follow Cerci as she learns she has the powers of witchcraft by converting a human into a God so she could marry him.

When her witchcraft is finally found out, she is banished to solitary confinement on an island. Many of the Greek legends will visit the island, including Odysseus, trying to return home after the siege of Troy is finished. She will bear his child, and while Odysseus continues his long trip home not knowing he will be a father again, Circe gives birth to a son.

From here the book mostly follows the Mythology concerning Circe, with some minor changes. In my opinion the author successfully portrays Circe as more human than a goddess and the many events that occur in the book show her gradual change from an angry and vengeful person to one of great intelligence, heroism and a goddess with a heart. If you read her Achilles book and enjoyed it than you should certainly enjoy this. The book can be read on its own. While I believe the story is really for those with a taste for the great legends, I think it is well worth reading by anybody.

 

Reviewed by:

Richard Franco

Added 30th July 2018

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