Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 2018
Genre Fiction
Origin US
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
ISBN-10 0316556343
ISBN-13 978-0316556347
My Copy library copy
First Read April 17, 2021


Miller does a bang-up job here of the historical novelist - not just telling a story in a particular time, but knitting together characters and events from many stories and giving them backbone, motivation, and reasons for what's happening. I like this a lot. Also, of course, great writing and justifiably best-selling.

Noted on June 11, 2021

Interesting to read Circe right after Monkey King - so many of the deities and characters in MK seemed random, inexplicable. What would a Chinese person make of Circe without a background in Greek myth? Both have a tumultuous beginning that’s full of events. Is all the stuff in MK also in other myths or legends? Is there some cultural connective tissue that's missing?

Noted on June 11, 2021

But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.

Quoted on June 11, 2021

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