Child of the Gods

Circe by Madeline Miller appeared on a number of 2018 Top Novel lists which led me to give it a shot. Gosh, I totally don’t agree in its inclusion on these lists.

This novel fictionally expands on a Greek mythological female who was a skillful witch, so good that she turned her rival into a monster with numerous heads! Circe’s green- eyed action provoked the wrath of the Gods and she is banished forever to life alone on a deserted island. It’s a pretty grim fate, but anyone who was forced to read Greek mythology probably recalls it is tragically depressing.

I didn’t enjoy reading Homer in high school and that sentiment remains. I did enjoy Circe’s reaction to unwelcome men who arrived unexpectedly in boats. When they acted badly, she turned them into pigs! Kudos Circe!

The writing of this novel deserves a nod, however, this reader doesn’t recommend it.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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4 Responses to Child of the Gods

  1. Margie Fischer says:

    Yup. Can’t figure out why all the critics (and my daughter and son-in-law) went gaga for this book.

  2. Martie says:

    Me too. Not sure what all the fuss was about.

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