Blogue d'un québécois expatrié en Angleterre. Comme toute forme d'autobiographie est constituée d'une large part de fiction, j'ai décidé de nommer le blogue Vraie Fiction.
Sunday, 8 July 2018
Circe, the autobiography
As I have finally finished it, here is today's reading suggestion: Circe by Madeline Miller. An
autobiography of the minor goddess and the world's first witch. Veggie Carrie bought
it for me on my birthday. I rarely read a novel published in the year if
it's not crime fiction but I've always been into Greek mythology. And I
was pleasantly surprised with Circe. Modernisation of old myths often
end up to be glorified fanfics, but this one has heart. Miller gave
Greek gods and heroes character and complexity. I particularly liked her
take on Hermes and Odysseus. Less so with Athena, but I am a big fan of the goddess and she is in this novel more antagonistic, so this is a completely subjective criticism. Inn any case, Miller understands the dubious moral nature of Greek mythology and does not fall into cheap Manichean narrative. And she also uses Greek names, not Roman
ones. During a summer heatwave, you can't go wrong going Greek.