A journey of belonging
Circe by Madeline Miller
“I had begun to know what fear was. What could make a god afraid? I knew that answer too. A power greater than their own.”
From being hurt to being loved?
Circe was never accepted by her family. She was different than all of them, not the same golden look, not the same voice as the gods, just nothing like them.
When she discovers she has magic powers, Zeus bans her to her own island. Completely alone she needs to start a new life. Even with all the loss and pain she feels, Circe is a strong woman. Things happen, also things she’s not proud of, but she knows her strengths and she knows her weaknesses. Then she falls in love and has to decide: does she belong to the gods or the people?
There’s more to it
The way Miller creates a story it’s admirable. As a reader you’re not only (re)discovering Circe’s story, you also read about other Greek myths. For example, there are passages about the Minotaur and Daedalus (father of Icarus) yet these other stories never take away Circe’s.
Circe is described as a powerful yet lonely woman. Love, hurt, and a touch of feminism comes to mind when reading this book. It takes you on a journey where Circe discovers who she is and who she wants to become.
A big yes
I loved the book so much that I nominated it as one of my favorite books in May already! And it still is. I recommend this book to everyone who loves reading about a powerful woman, finding yourself, and Greek mythology. Even when you have already read a lot of books about Greek mythology, this version of Circe can be refreshing.