You don’t have to be a fan of Greek mythology to enjoy and appreciate Madeline Miller’s second novel. Circe is a daughter of Helios, god of the sun. Although, she is not a goddess, she practices witchcraft and is immortal. When she turns a rival into a monster, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island where she concocts potions and lives among lions and wolves. Although she spends most of her years alone on Aiaia, she has some illustrious visitors-Hermes, Odysseus, Penelope and their son, Telemachus. Throughout her life, Circe has been attracted to mortal men, even though she knows it will bring her nothing but sorrow.
Circe was a delightful read. Miller’s prose is simple and clear yet beautifully descriptive. The characters come alive and the settings are vividly rendered.