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اثر مدلین میلر از انتشارات آذرباد - مترجم: مهرزاد جعفری-ادبیات آمریکا

در خاندان هلیوس، ایزد خورشید و قدرتمندترین تایتان‌ها، دختری زاده می‌شود؛ اما سیرسه فرزند شگرفی است... نه قدرت پدرش را دارد و نه اغواگری شرورانه‌ی مادرش. با روی‌آوردن به دنیای فانی‌ها برای هم‌نشینی با آنان، درمی‌یابد که قدرتی دارد... قدرت جادوگری، قدرتی که رقیبان و دشمنانش را به هیولاها تبدیل می‌کند و در دل خود خدایان نیز ترس و دلهره می‌افکند.
تهدید می‌شود؛ زئوس او را به جزیره‌ای متروکه تبعید می‌کند، جایی که در آن مهارت و توانایی نهفته‌اش را تقویت و موجودات وحشی را رام می‌کند. در این جزیره با بسیاری از شخصیت‌های مشهور اساطیری روبه‌رو می‌شود، ازجمله مینوتور، ددالوس و پسرش ایکاروس که به سرنوشتی شوم دچار شد، مده‌آی خطرناک و البته؛ اُدیسه‌ی زیرک و حیله‌گر.
اما خطری دیگر نیز زنی تنها را تهدید می‌کند؛ و سیرسه ندانسته خشم انسان‌ها و خدایان را برمی‌انگیزد. سرانجام خود را در دام یکی از مخوف‌ترین و انتقام‌جوترین المپ‌نشینان می‌یابد. برای پاسداری ازآنچه بیش از همه عزیز می‌دارد، سیرسه یک‌بار برای همیشه باید تمام قدرتش را به کار ببندد و راهی برگزیند: اینکه تعلق به خدایانی دارد که از آن‌ها زاده‌شده یا فانی‌هایی که عاشق‌شان شده است.


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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.”

This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predict that this will be the best book I’ll read all year. This book is about healing and doing what it takes to come into your own. This book is about love; the love between lovers, the love of a mother, and the love you must find in yourself. This book proves why family of choice will always be greater than family of origin. This book is about magic, and how we can find it in ourselves if we look hard enough. This is a book about becoming the witch you’ve always buried deep inside you.

“They do not care if you are good. They barely care if you are wicked. The only thing that makes them listen is power.”

Okay, maybe I should start this review off with a somewhat personal story. I was very privileged to go a very good high school where I was able to study The Iliad and The Odyssey for a class my freshman year. And fourteen-year-old Melanie fell in love. To say I was obsessed was an understatement, and more and more my heart was filled with love for Odysseus, Athena, and a certain love affair with the witch-goddess Circe.


(Beautiful art by Kevin Nichols)

Even upon finishing that class, I still couldn’t get enough of Homer’s words. And to this day, The Iliad and The Odyssey are the only books that I collect many editions of. All my loved ones and family correlate these epic poems with me, and always bring me new editions from their travels, and give me gifts for special events and holidays the same way they do with Harry Potter. One of the most prized possession I own is an edition of The Odyssey that was given to me by someone who meant a lot to me, at a very important time in my life. And these two tomes will always be a big part of my identity, and I will always recognize that they not only shaped me as a reader, but they shaped me as a human being, too.

So, when I found out that that Greek mythology retelling queen, Madeline Miller, was writing a book centered around Circe, I knew it was going to end up being one of my favorite books of all time. And it ended up being everything I wanted and more. I hate to throw around the word masterpiece, but if I had to pick a book to give that title to, I’d pick Circe.

“Odysseus, son of Laertes, the great traveler, prince of wiles and tricks and a thousand ways. He showed me his scars, and in return he let me pretend that I had none.”

And even though Odysseus plays a huge role in this story, this book is Circe’s and Circe’s alone. We get to see her growing up in Oceanus, with her Titan sun god father Helios, and loveless nymph mother Perse, and her three more ambitious siblings, Aeëtes, Pasiphaë, and Perses. We get to see her living her life of solitude, exiled on the island of Aiaia. We also get to see her make a few very important trips, that are very monumental in Greek mythos. But we get to see all of Circe, the broken parts, the healing parts, and the complete parts. We get to see her love, her loss, her discovery, her resolve, and her determination. We get to see her question what it means to be immortal, what it means to be a nymph in a world ruled by gods, and what it means to just live. Her journey is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and probably unlike anything I will ever read again. I have no combination of words to express how much her life and her story means to me. But I promise, I’m not the same person I was before reading this book.

“…All my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water. I was a creature within it.”

This is ultimately a story about how different the tales will always be told for a man. And how the ballads will always be sung for heroes, not heroines, even if a woman was truly behind all the success the man greedily reaped. How the light will always fall to vilify the woman and showcase her as a witch that needs to be tamed, a sorceress that needs to be subdued, or an enchantress that needs to be defeated. Women, no matter how much agency they carve out in any male dominated world, will always be a means to an end to further the achievements of man. Always. And Circe displays that at the forefront of this story.

Circe is most well known for turning Odysseus’s men into pigs when they come to her island in The Odyssey, but Madeline Miller does such a wonderful job weaving all this Greek mythology into a fully fleshed out, brand-new tale. She has created something so unique, yet so breathtakingly good, I think so many readers will find it impossible to put this new-spin of a story down. I was completely captivated and enthralled from the very first line to the very last line. This book just feels so authentic, I felt like I was in the ocean, on the island, and traveling right beside Circe throughout. And I never wanted to leave her side.

“It was their favorite bitter joke: those who fight against prophecy only draw it more tightly around their throats.”

Overall, I understand that this is a book that is very targeted to me and my likes. Not only is this a character driven story, with a main protagonist being a character I’ve been in love with for over a decade, but the writing was lyrical perfection. I’m such a quote reader, and I swear I would have highlighted this entire book. This book is also so beautifully feminist that it makes me weep just thinking about the things Circe had to endure. And it showcases the unconditional love of found families, yet also between a mother and her child, while simultaneously abolishing the notion that blood is worth more than anything else in any world. This book heavily emphasizes that you will never be the mistakes that your parents have committed. The entire story is a love letter to love itself and reveals all the things we are willing to do in the name of it. And most importantly, this is a book about how we are truly only ever in charge of our own stories, even though our actions may change the fate for others around us. Please, pick this masterpiece up, and I hope it changes your life, too.

Thank you, Madeline Miller, I will carry your Circe in my heart for the rest of my life.

“That is one thing gods and mortals share: when we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world.”

Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, gore, murder, torture, physical abuse, child abuse, thoughts of suicide, brief scene with cutting, graphic childbirth scenes, mention of bestiality, mention of incest, animal sacrifice, death of a sibling, death of a child, death of a loved one, death of an animal, rape, adultery, and war themes.

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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Buddy read with Elise (My French Spider Queen)! ❤

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“Witches are not so delicate,” I said.

I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.

To be honest, I wasnt a huge fan of Millers The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. Im not sure if thats because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the plot had more of a romantic focus than Circe. But, whatever the reason, I had no such problem with this book. I was absolutely captivated from start to finish.

Circe is part beautifully-written literary fantasy and part divine Greek soap opera. This strange combination makes for a book that is extremely quotable, rich in description and detail, and also a pageturner. It moves seamlessly between the broader scope of the world and its many gods and monsters, to the more narrow focus of the nymph-turned-witch, Circe, and her daily life before and after she is exiled to the island Aeaea.

Circe becomes a powerful witch, but the strength of her story is in all her relatable flaws and weaknesses. We follow her as a naive lesser nymph, longing to be accepted and loved. We stay with her as she believes the lies of others and, later, becomes hardened against such deceivers. Her compassion constantly battles with her rage. Understandably.

There is some grim satisfaction to be gained as this woman who has been bullied, belittled and trod on her entire life slowly claws out some vengeance for herself. The pain she endures along the way means that her successes are bittersweet. In the end, Circe might be full of fantasy, backstabbing and murder, but it is first and foremost the story of one womans life - through pain, love, desire, heartache and motherhood.
I did not go easy to motherhood. I faced it as soldiers face their enemies, girded and braced, sword up against the coming blows. Yet all my preparations were not enough.

Other Greek myths play out in the background - that of the Minotaur, and of Icarus, as well as many others - but it is Circes personal tale that hits the hardest. I just hope we dont have to wait another seven years for Miller to write another novel like this.

TW: Rape; graphic violence.

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Do you ever just get mad because you’re spending your life paying rent and wishing you could take a break from the linear flow of time when you could have been a goddess living in an enchanted island that is only seen every ten years and is unreachable by men? You live with ancient queens of myth and youre so much a part of each other it was like a second soul inside your skin. You sing hymns, burn incenses, and make fragrant oils. You call birds to sing at your windows, fall asleep in patches of magical herbs with hair dripping all around you like a shawl and sit by the hearth with a lioness, cheeks glowing with the flames light. Your skin is all luster and gleam and youre so far removed from the worlds sorrows and so at peace and healthy. You live into 300 years, and in the space where legends and fairytales are gathering up words, your names are amongst them.

Because same.

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Spellbinding.

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Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict.

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A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology.

Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)
Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage)
Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility)
Poseidon (God of the Sea)
Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)
Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)
Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)
Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of heroes)
Hermes (Messenger of the gods, God of thieves, trade, travelers)
Apollo (God of prophecy, healing, poetry, music, sun)
Artemis (Virgin goddess of the hunt)
Hephaestus (God of fire and blacksmiths)
Aphrodite (Goddess of beauty and love)
Ares (God of war)
Dionysus (God of wine and the grape harvest, God of theatre)
Helios (Titan god of the sun)
Selene (Titan goddess of the moon)
Eos/Aurora (Titan Goddess of the dawn)
Gaia (Goddess of the earth)
Cronus (King of the Titans)
Rhea (wife of Cronus)
Nyx (powerful Goddess of the night)
Hypnos (God of sleep)
Morpheus (God of dreams)
Hecate (Goddess of magic and witchcraft)
Thanatos (God of death)
Nemesis (Goddess of divine retribution and revenge)
Prometheus (Creator of mankind)
Eros/Cupid (God of love)
Hebe (Goddess of youth)
Muses (Goddesses of inspiration)
The Fates/Moirai (Three sisters, weavers of a tapestry dictating the destinies of men)

Shut up I dont have a problem.

Ive been waiting for this ever since The Song of Achilles came out. I have this thing about long-dead heroes from Greek mythology.

Shut up Im not weird.

*clears throat*

Thank you for this book, Madeline Miller. You are a goddess among women.

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A book about Circe. FINALLY. FINALMENTE. POR FIN. ENDLICH. NAPOKON.

Circe was a sorceress, daughter of the sun god Helios, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. You may remember her from Odyssey. Odysseus made Circe promise not to forcibly take his manhood. Trolling at its finest.

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Millers Circe is much more humanized. She is a character you can root for. Here you will meet all the iconic characters from mythology. The Minotaur, Daedalus and his son Icarus, the infamous Medea, and the clever Odysseus. As usual, there is no shortage of fabulous characters.

Awesome, brave and resourceful. Circe definitely is all three, with a dash of sass.

@circe@

I wished that they would come. I wanted to see those goggle eyes of theirs as I walked among the dens of wolves, swam in the sea where the sharks fed. I could change a fish to a bird, I could wrestle with my lion, then lie across her belly, my hair loose around me. I wanted to hear them squeal and gasp, breath-struck.

Its Greek mythology yall. You know you love it. You know you need it. You gotta have it.

*Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.* It was about time.

The perfect playlist to set the mood.

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