BRC Book Group Discussion, Wednesday, January 30
The next Book Group gathering will be on Wednesday, January 30, from 7:00‑9:00PM, and will be hosted by John and Mary Campbell, at their Woodinville home. The book selection for January is New York Times bestseller “CIRCE,” by Madeline Miller. If you (and partner) plan on attending, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child — not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story,” this #1 New York Times bestseller “manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” — Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
An Amazon Best Book of April 2018: Though revisiting classical myths, Madeline Miller’s bold, poetic new novel, told in the voice of Circe (Odysseus’s lover, famous for turning his sailors into swine), is very much on-trend, with an immortal protagonist and a feminist slant that will make #MeToo-ers cheer. Miller reimagines the story of Circe, “daughter of the sun,” and reinvents her, changing Homer’s ruthless seductress into a woman with a restricted set of godly powers, a keen intelligence, and most important, empathy for humans — a sentiment not shared by her godly relatives. When Circe’s father banishes her to the island of Aiaia, her isolation from her scornful family comes as a gift, and her solitude grants her time to learn the art of witchcraft — the only work she has ever undertaken. Back in 2012, Miller’s novel “The Song of Achilles” earned the Orange Prize for Fiction. For her many admirers, Circe is certainly worth the wait. — Sarah Harrison Smith, Amazon Book Review