Circe by Madeline Miller
I first want you to read one review of this book in my defense for selecting it for the Friday Afternoon Book Discussion:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
” A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story, Circe manages to be 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, New York Times
Now that being said, I did not love the book. I almost finished it but not quite. Now, again in my defense, it would have helped if I knew even the slightest info about Greek Mythology. I am pretty sure I never read Edith Hamilton’s classic but some of the members did. And here’s the thing – that did not seem to be an issue for the ones that loved the book. We had 6 loves and 8 not so much. A few barely started.
Circe is about the life of a goddess, but it is no fairy tale. She is not very attractive and her parents as well as her siblings are always saying hateful things. At one point she asks if she can go to a deserted island since no one cares about her anyway. It is on this island that she discovers she has some goddess powers; not very strong but still menacing.
Oh, and guess what the name Circe means – witch. Now the book gets interesting.