I am always wary of any new book that comes with lots of hype, but for once (for me!) I’ve found that Circe by Madeline Miller more than lives up to it. I was vaguely familiar with some aspects of Circe’s story (Odysseus, Aeaea, the pigs) but I found it fascinating to begin at the beginning of her story and watch her grow.
Circe suffers an awful lot in her long life and interacts with many famous faces of Greek Mythology and it was gripping to see her warped one way and then another in response to her and others’ actions. Continue reading “Circe | Madeline Miller | a review”
In The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes expertly brings to life the overlooked females in two well known Ancient Greek tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone.
We follow Jocasta (Oedipus) and Ismene (Antigone) in alternating chapters as Haynes weaves a wonderfully immersive and emotive story stripped of magic and focusses on Continue reading “The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review”
Published 2005, Cannongate, 221pp
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The Penelopiad is a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey but instead of Odysseus, his wife is the protagonist . It is told from the perspective of Penelope who has long been existing (not living, obviously, as she is dead, a fact that she keeps reminding the reader) in the underworld and has decided to tell her own story after witnessing how much the tale of her and Odysseus has been adapted and changed over the years. It is written largely in prose and is interspersed with Choruses that offer a light interlude in the story in the form of saucy and fun verses. These are told from the viewpoint of twelve of Penelope’s maids and although they are a bit whimsical they were damning of Odysseus and Telemachus, the men who murdered them. The death of her maids is something that plays heavily on Penelope’s conscience and is part of the reason she feels the need to tell the truth.
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