Circe Book Reviews

Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller Book Summary

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

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. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

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, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

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Book Name Circe
Genre Historical
Language English
E-Book Size 3.39 MB

Circe (Madeline Miller) Book Reviews 2023

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Get to know Godess Circe !. I love Greek mythology and this book fleshes out Circe, brings her to life in 3D. Get to know who Circe really was and what she was like!

Incredible. This book blew my mind. Exceptional

5 stars. I rarely give a book five stars but Circe is an exception. Beautifully written in which the gods come to “life”. This book had me looking up all the Greek gods and goddesses with flashbacks to a college humanities course I had mostly forgotten. Highly recommend to both women and men.

Gratitude. A lovely story that i am grateful to have spent time with.

Beautiful story. I could not put this book down. As someone that has always been interested in greek mythology and the Odyssy, this book brought new wonders and a new voice to these common myths. A powerful message and strong feminist theme this book stands out against all other mythology books. It is beautifully written and focuses a lot on the internal battle within Circe. I loved how it puts a large time span into perspective and had me reflecting on my mortality

Amazing read. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who is searching for an encapsulating reading experience

Riveting. I’m so glad I committed to finally reading this book. Why didn’t I do it sooner! Written so perfectly for depicting the historical context. Fascinating, hard to put down.

Love it. If you love Greek mythology, this is a must read. Well researched and imaginative. It truly felt like reading the autobiography of a goddess.

Couldn’t put it down!. Excellent. Pure mythology through eloquent writing.

Moved me. Absolutely beautiful. Poetic, a work of art. I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation and would love to read similar stories written in this style of other goddesses.

Love it in both formats!. Read it once and listened once. Both times transported me. Madeline Miller’s craft at its best. Circe is a must read!

Favorite Mythos Author. This was my first book written by Miller and I absolutely adore it. Immediately after finishing it I had to go read her other book The Song of Achilles.

Circe. Loved this story. Great read.

I love Circe. Sexy witch goes BRRRRR

Witches Rise. Could not be a more timely book; this is the medicine we need right now as witches return. The revisioning of stories controlled far too long by interests against our own.

A beautiful, wonderful story. This book is beautifully written. Read it now!

Absolutely perfection I am in awe. Oh my god I am crying oh my god this is beautiful every daughter ever should read this omg my heart

Not your parents’ Odyssey. “...Something about you Odysseus said about you once... That he had never met a god who enjoyed their divinity less.” Circe the titan, daughter of Helios and the nymph Perse. Banished to Aiaia forever for defying her father and becoming a witch, she’s simply a scene in the story of the great Odysseus, King of Ithaca, allowing he and his men respite as they return to Ithaca, aiding them to get there with some safety. However, Madeline Miller has given Circe life. From her childhood obsession with her father, through her acceptance of her banishment through her idyll with Odysseus and beyond, we find a true “witch”, a wise woman who uses her own knowledge and nature to shape her world and those who she touches. When I first read reviews of this book I was intrigued. The Odyssey of Homer is my favorite book and *most* stories using it as a basis have interested me over decades. And this is no different. In fact, that Circe has been brought to life from the Greek footnote Homer gives her, reflects how women have evolved in and as a part of history and mythology. This book more than deserves the accolades it has garnered and I hope to soon read Miller’s first book:The Song of Achilles”which I actually own. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from my library system and chose to read and review it]

Circe. Love a twist on the myths of old! Interesting read.

Circe. I couldn’t put this down. Eloquent with exceptional inferential comparisons between mortal (as mother) and god in Circe. A joy to read.

Wonderful. and so much better than Achilles, more wisdom and insights, especially beginning with Chapter 16. Great satisfying ending. Well done

Breathtaking metaphors !. Besides being a wonderfully female perspective on a “lower tier” goddess in a patriarchal eternity, the novel was beautifully written. What stood out to me was Miller’s one-of-a-kind metaphors that so perfectly painted the scenes and feelings. I’m no literature nerd, (aspiring future doctor,) but I found myself rereading/highlighting her metaphors to relish in their perfect portrayal of life.

Beautiful and Relatable. Seeing a classic retold from a female perspective is exciting enough but the way Miller depicts Circes inner thoughts and psychology is thrilling. My new favorite!!

Good read. It took me a minute to get into it because it’s not what I typically read but I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend.

Gorgeous. One of my all-time favorite books

Long and drawn out. I wanted to love this like I lived song of Achilles but I did not. The beginning hooked me but then it dragged on far to long some parts of the story felt forced. Not the worst but had to force myself to finish it

Awesome. I read this book after I finished “The Song of Achilles” and I was not disappointed. Another great story written so well. I loved it!!

Slow. Uninspiring. It’s written really well and the wording is sweet. There’s great quotes, as well ideas but as far as a story it didn’t grip me, yes I agreed with the narrator about the cruelty but there wasn’t much but to agree? The plot that there was didn’t really entertain me, too many characters being introduced and mentioned. Not bad but I wouldn’t read it again

Worth the read. Miller’s writing makes my heart ache with tenderness. Her characters are true and straight. Circe is beautifully written.

Beautiful read. Deep narrative and a curious story about a goddess growing into herself. Felt all the feelings with this one!

Long and hard to follow. Long and a bit hard to follow.

Exquisite. This was such a beautiful piece of literature to read both in its language and how images were painted for us but in how it made such an epic scope of stories we’ve heard time and time again feel so personal and intimate. Ugh, I already want to read it again and I’m already wishing I can read it for the first time all over again. I hope this one remains a classic and as integral to Circe’s story as the original myths themselves.

Brilliant. Brought this amazing story to life from a perspective never seen before. Goes from finding her true power after being the laughing stock of her family to this amazing enchantress that everyone learns to respect and fears.

So many facets. The novel produces and amplifies many dimensions of Circe that fill a most human shell of a goddess. In every chapter a new challenge leads to fresh perspectives on life and immortality, the divine and the profane.

definitely gonna reread it. best book ever

Circe by Madeline Miller. Through Circe’s eyes we see a marvel of transformation written in accessible prose. I was engaged throughout reading this gripping new perspective of classic mythology where so much of human frailty and power are portrayed. I will read again.

Absolutely beautiful. Such a beautiful and well written story. I could hardly put it down once I started.

Loved it!. Great Tale of mythical fictions with life and love intertwined.

So good!. Loved loved the storyline, and the writing style. It was easy to feel the emotions and relate to them.

Just beautiful and well written. I have not read a book that has kept me glued to it for awhile. This book changed that. I could not put it down! I finished it in two days. Please read this!

Circe was 🥲🥲🥲. Feels good and bad and everything in between

Circe. Me encanto, muy buen libro. Muy bien redactado y divertido.

Captivating read. Great novel to breeze through without trying. Some parts got a bit slow, but not for long. Familiar characters spun with a twist.

Top 5 For Sure. Loved it!

Wonderful. Loved this book

Amazing. Beautifully and accurately written from a women’s perspective!! I will definitely be reading this one again!

This is a Beautiful Feminist book. I absolutely loved this book. It took awhile to get hooked but trust me it was worth it. I started this book because I just finished The Song Of Achilles and I was still morning the ending. Overall this is a great book. I love how Odysseus mentioned Patroclus and Achilles a few times (I cried a bit when they were mentioned).

Loved it. Page turner!

Circe. A good book, easy to enjoy the Circe and her wonders, grief and cleverness.

Page turner. Very different style of book and writing than I am used to, was very wary at first but not far into the initial chapters I couldn’t put it down. Although I felt the ending was abrupt and left her story unfinished, it was a great read.

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Lived Up to the Hype. Amazing Read. Vivid. Loved it even more than Song of Achilles!

Loved this book. What a wonderful read. Like laying on a boat and being rocked by the sea on a lovely journey.

Loved it. This book is incredible. You can really feel just how much life Madeline Miller infused into this world, this Aiaia.

Epic. Epic! Really enjoyed it

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The Circe book written by Madeline Miller was published on 10 April 2018, Tuesday in the Historical category. A total of 3,469 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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