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by Madeline Miller

PBR Review The writing in this book is rich and intense, making you want to read slowly so you catch every word. But at the same time, you are entranced by the story and Greek mythology so you want to read as fast as you can. I loved this book from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Circe is the daughter of Helios, God of the sun. But she doesn't seem to have the same powers as the other Gods and therefore never quite fits in. She displeases her father and is sent to live alone in exile on an island - for eternity. Here she discovers her real powers. Her story of self-discovery is wonderful. The author also introduces other characters from Greek mythology, like Zeus, Odysseus, and Hermes. But this book is not just about Greek mythology, it about Circe's transformation into a person of substance. It's also about forgiveness and determination. I couldn't help but compare this book with some of the episodes on the PBS series ANCIENT ALIENS. If you enjoyed this story you may want to check out the reruns on this TV series- especially the chapters that talk about the Gods. Excellent book and series! Highly recommend both.Back.
Talking Points: This is a captivating but a timeless story about characters from Greek mythology. And yes, it's fascinating to read about all the Greek Gods, but there is much more to discuss. Like Circe's relationship with both her father and her brother. She is also known as the witch who turns men into pigs. If you are familiar with the PBS series Ancient Aliens, it would be interesting to compare how the Gods are presented in both the book and the TV series.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is a book you will devour. It grabs you right from the start. It's about Circe, the daughter of Helios, God of the sun. Her story and Greek mythology covered in this book are both captivating to read about.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 01:07 PM

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