Women can be more powerful than what meets the eye. Circe is the story of one such women. One such powerhouse. One such legend. Circle is a book about finding yourself, your truth and your desires.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Circe brings a slice of Greek mythology to life. Following the story of a girl as she blossoms into womanhood and motherhood, this book follows the journey of life and belonginess. We see how her character grows with time and turbulences – a growth so unprecedented it leaves the readers in awe of her character.
The god of sun, the mightiest of Titans, and a strong and alluring woman have a child, Circe – a strange child by all means, neither as powerful as her father nor as alluring as her mother. Being born in this in between, Circe follows the life of this child as she turns to mortals to live life with. Is she really powerless? Is she hiding any powers? Well, she does discover her power of witchcraft that places her above everyone else. Witchcraft so powerful that can turn her rivals into monsters that wreak havoc for gods themselves. How will she learn to control this?
This magical book has many themes, some of them being
● Resilience: its really interesting to see how Circe fights all the stigma and gossip about her strangeness. She learns to live alone, fend for herself and grow old with self-reliance.
● Self-Love: Circe is often left alone and abandoned, but she has proved to us that you are never truly alone when you are with yourself. This is because having oneself to love is a great gift in itself.
● Relationships with other people: Circe is stranded in an Island and whenever she meets people, they end up leaving her. Her story is testament to the idea of letting people go when they have to. Her character shows a very real depiction of the truth of relationships and love. No one can stay in the same place forever is what she tries to tell.
The central character of this book is Circe – the powerful woman. She is a great idol for women out there, her resilience and courage will stand out to any reader and guide them through their course of life too.
These letters are filled with beautiful prose detailing the life of Little Dog. Some of my favorites are:
– “So many years I had spent as a child sifting his bright features for his thoughts, trying to glimpse among them one that bore my name. But he was a harp with only one string, and the note it played was himself.
“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Madeline Miller is a powerhouse of a writer. She spent ten years writing her critically acclaimed novel, The Song of Achilles. Circe is yet another product of this author’s brilliant, brilliant mind that conceives and retells ancient Greek mythologies. Her writing is usually very fluid and freeing to the mind as we read. I personally love the snippets of beautiful prose she slips into conversations and descriptions.
Circe is a book that makes you think. It’s a book that creates conversations and dialogues. This is because it represents strong women, it is a story of a women and her growth. If you’d like to read a heart wrenching tale of growth and love, Circe is a must!