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Circe

De : Madeline Miller
Lu par : Perdita Weeks
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    Description

    "A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "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).

    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.

    But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

    With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and thrilling suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller—named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2018 Madeline Miller (P)2018 Hachette Audio

    Commentaires

    "With sumptuous writing and descriptive imagery you'll see these gods and men and every being in between as you've never imagined them before." (Esquire)

    "Madeline Miller, master storyteller, conjures Circe glowing and alive - and makes the Gods, nymphs and heroes of ancient Greece walk forth in all their armored splendor. Richly detailed and written with such breathtaking command of story, you will be held enchanted. A breathtaking novel." (Helen Simonson, author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

    "With lyric beauty of language and melancholy evocative of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn", Circe asks all the big questions of existence while framing them in the life story of the famous goddess who had the magic of transformations. A veritable Who's Who of the gods of Olympus and the heroes of ancient Greece, Circe knows them all and we see them through her perceptive eyes. This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant. Stunning, touching, and unique." (Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero)

    "Author Madeline Miller and narrator Perdita Weeks transform the ancient Greek drama of Circe, witch of Aeaea and daughter of Helios, into a fresh and vibrant tale for contemporary listeners.... Weeks's cool British intonations and attuned performance capture Circe's evolution from youthful uncertainty amid scorn from richly characterized fellow deities to a confidence earned from centuries of island exile. Her first-person perspective creates intimacy as she engages fabled figures, such as Odysseus and Athena, and grapples with the pleasures and dangers of everyday life." (AudioFile)

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    Très jolie interprétation du mythe de Circé

    Ce récit centré autour du personnage de Circé nous offre une réécriture du mythe mais nous fait aussi passer par de très nombreux épisodes des mythes antiques dont j'étais passionnée à l'adolescence. Mais nul besoin de les connaître pour en profiter et au pire il y a un pdf des personnages fourni. On rencontre non seulement Circé mais Ulysse (Odysseus sur la version anglaise), Hermès, Zeus, Prométhéus et encore une palanquée d'autres.

    N'mporte quelle femme saine d'esprit bondira à chaque insulte qui est faite à ce personnage du fait de son sexe, c'est insupportable mais bon ces histoires datent un peu. Par contre l'auteure prend clairement le parti de son personnage et elle est tellement riche, détaillée, nuancée, franchement c'est vraiment un plaisir.

    On découvre vraiment un personnage intéressant toujours dépictée sous une forme négative et cette fois présentée sous un jour plus subtil. Eh bien ça vaut le détour. Peut-être pas au point d'être aussi enthousiaste que comme sur Booktube mais c'était pas mal tout de même et la narratrice américaine était excellente, on avait l'impression d'entendre Circé s'indigner.

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    Sadly the poor editing is jarring

    Yes, you really can see the join! It's like the book was recorded in different rooms on different days, and edited together to form a rather disconcerting patchwork, paragraph by paragraph. A great pity because the actual words are intriguing. Ms Weeks is not a very compelling story-teller, exhibiting very little light and shade. She seems like a bit of an amateur, like she's just reading to herself. I was tempted to keep the book for bedtime, however, instead of counting sheep.

    Now contemplating buying the print version so I can create my own soundstage.

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    Such a beautiful story, enchantingly narrated!

    Greek mythology takes us back to the roots of our roots. Though a goddess, Circe is so very human. Much food for thought.

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    Excellent!

    The story is as magical as the narrator’s voice. A perfect mix and a perfect story. Best to read after A Song of Achilles.

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    Filling out the myths beautifully

    This telling draws on the Greek myths you probably know some of and fleshes them out from the point of view of Helios’ daughter. Quite beautifully told with a gentle ladies voice it captivated me as the listener

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    loved it, both the story and the reader's voice

    I loved both the story and the reader's voice I was completely addicted to it

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    An amazing journey

    Wow every aspect of this audiobook is excellent! Narration, writing, sound design…
    Ate it up in a day! Seriously excellent. Thank you to all those involved!

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    A wonderful interpretation

    My prior knowledge of the story of Circe was (as I’m sure is the case of many) limited to her portrayal in The Odyssey. She is often maligned, deemed to be evil and ruthless. She is treated as having contempt for men and as a sexual predator, is regularly treated as their downfall.

    While some aspects of this history are included in this telling, I much prefer this version as imagined by Miller. As with “The Song of Achilles” there is reason and depth to the understanding of relationships. There is a more profound understanding of the reasons as to why Circe sought to defend herself and she is a much more sympathetic character. In much the way that previous histories of Circe were written by men who instantly blame female defence as capriciousness, who trade understanding women for writing them off as evil or mad, Miller’s tale is more nuanced and gives greater effort to understand the character of Circe and how and why she was maligned.

    I truly loved this story and would highly recommend it. Miller’s storytelling is so warm and enjoyable, and the history is spun in a far more believable and acceptable way. I look forward to seeing what subject Miller’s learnedness broaches next.

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    Disappointing!

    An author’s second novel is unfailingly compared to the first. Clearly, Madeline Miller accepts to face this risk. Her commencement novel deals with the Iliad, more specifically with Achilles’ story. This second novel touches on the Odyssey, with the title character welcoming Odysseus to her island on his way home from Troy.

    The framework is the same for both novels, with first person narration and plenty of details that generate vividness, the product no doubt of much diligent research.

    Sadly, the approach does not quite work as well in “Circe” as in “Achilles’ Song”:

    • In the latter, the narrator is not Achilles himself but Patroclus, what provides a certain distance and leaves some mystery about him; here, Circe herself tells the story and floods the reader with her own thoughts and feelings;
    • Mortals’ involvement with deities is seamless in the first novel as they just appear for a scene and then dissolve; here, Circe is herself a deity and she finds it awkward to associate with humans; of course, it is difficult for readers to relate to that; indeed, many may start wondering about the strangeness of the divine world where goddesses have children who grow up to be adults but at one point stop aging; also, since they have been around for thousands of years, why are there not dozens and dozens of generations of gods?
    • Most of the novel is set on the island where Circe has been exiled and where, frankly, not all that much goes on, say compared to the Trojan war;
    • In the first novel, the author transposes the Iliad’s plot to English prose and to novel form but does not add to it; in the second novel, she daringly, some may say foolhardily, opts to supplement to the Odyssey’s story, choosing and synthesizing from other sources.

    Overall, it appears better to abstain from “Circe” and retain one’s excellent opinion of the author’s talent as may be drawn from “Achilles’ Song”.

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    A favourite of mine

    A beautiful book that gives life to Greek myths and gods and gives them more depth.

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