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The only thing I could remember about Circe when I started this book is that she was the witch who turned Odysseus's sailors into pigs and when she couldn't work her magic on Odysseus had an affair with him. This books ia about so much more than just that.  Circe was the daughter of the Titan Helios, the god of the Sun, the sister of Pasiphae, the mother of the Minotaur, and a nymph who's prime function was to be beautiful and entertain - except by nymph standards she's plain and by their standards has a terrible singing voice so right from the start does not truly fit in. She discovers her witchery almost by accident and when she uses against a tormentor is punished harshly.


Madeline Miller has created a powerful and complex story which seems to cover most of the charecters we've heard about in Greek Myths. One of the most appealong things about this book is how very 'human' Circe is - if that's a word you can use for an immortal - she makes mistakes, she does wrong things but she changes and develops. One of the best - and most surprising parts of the book is towards the end when the long suffering Penelope, wife of Odysseus, come to Aiaia, Circe's island and the interaction between the two women.


This is really a top rate book - I listened to it on audio and it was perfectly read -and it's good enoughfor me to search out the print version so I can read it in print some time.


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