Author: Miller Madeline
Brand: Bloomsbury Publishing India
Package Dimensions: 20x200x300
Number Of Pages: 352
Release Date: 18-04-2019
Details: Product Description
A NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, I PAPER, SUNDAY EXPRESS, IRISH TIMES, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, AMAZON, AUDIBLE, BUZZFEED, REFINERY 29, WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, SEATTLE TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK, PEOPLE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, KIRKUS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND GOODREADS
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child – not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stands alone will never be left in peace for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk everything.
So Circe sets forth her tale, a vivid, mesmerizing epic of family rivalry, love and loss – the defiant, inextinguishable song of woman burning hot and bright through the darkness of a man’s world.
A novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting (
poised to become the literary sensation of the summer, as much for the quality of its writing as its timeliness (
Sunday Times Magazine)
Enough magic, enchantment, voyages and wonders to satisfy the most jaded sword-and-sorcery palate. Miller approaches Odysseus’s story from Circe’s point of view, richly evoking her protagonist’s overlapping identities as goddess, witch, lover and mother (Adam Roberts
Guardian, Books of the Year)
A triumph (
The Times, Books of the Year)
Circe back as superwoman . Homer’s witch get a kickass modern makeover. Miller’s Me Too-era, kickass portrait of a woman trying to defy the men and Fates arrayed against her is enchanting. Blisteringly modern (
a thrilling tour de force of imagination, Miller makes her otherworldly heroine a complex, sympathetic figure for whom we cheer throughout.
e is a
truly spellbinding novel, the mesmerising shimmer of ancient magic rising from it like a heat haze (
Mail on Sunday)
A brilliantly strange work of mythic science fiction, as effortlessly expressive within the palaces of gods as it is about the world below . Superb . This is
both a fabulous novel and a fascinating retelling; the best compliment, perhaps, that any myth could hope for (
This year’s novels were
filled with the angry clamour of women’s voices: ignored, idealistic or excitingly ambivalent. Madeline Miller reflected the mood for feminist revisionism with her lissom follow-up
casts the witch goddess in the Odyssey not as a bit player in a man’s epic but as the star of her own show (Claire Allfree
Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year)
It was a big year for creative retelling of myth and pre-modern literature; a favourite was Madeline Miller’s
a distinctive, lyrical novel about power, agency and reponsibility, from the point of view of this crafty, much-misunderstood goddess (Emily Wilson
Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year)
The writing is lovely, the tone assured, and the touch just right (Alexander McCall Smith
Independent, Books of the Year)
It is out of these insights that Miller achieves real narrative propulsion . Supple,
pitched in a register that bridges man and myth (
The first witch in Western literature sets Homer straight as she tells her life story, from her unhappy childhood to her lonely island exile.
The woman who emerges is complex and sympathetic. A spellbinding tour de force of imagination (
Mail on Sunday, ‘Sizzling summer reads’)
Miller has effected a transformation just as impressive as any of her heroine’s own:
she’s turned an anci
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