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Circe, The Song of Achilles & The Real Lolita

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

One of these does not belong....

I have not published a book review in a long time, but this is not because I haven't been reading! I have just read quite a few books that didn't warrant a review from me.

I found reading The Real Lolita, by Sarah Weinman very compelling. The stories of both Sally Horner and of the Nabokovs interesting to learn about. I believe that the comparisons between the stories may still be tenuous at best, but I enjoyed the book, and the history of all of the characters. Lolita, though a classic, I still needed to read on the Kindle as to disguise my book while on the trains.

Circe, by Madeline Miller, was a delicious book. While recently traveling, I had only this book with me. I needed to savour each page so that I would not finish the book before my trip was over. Savour, indeed I did.

This take on the myth of Greek goddess, Circe was interesting to read, but it was more the seductive phrasing that the action of the book that kept me interesting. This is one of those books that you can love, but not really remember what it was all about.

I enjoyed the book so much that I picked up Miller's Orange Prize-winning debut "The Song of Achilles" and devoured it as well. I must say that I did not enjoy it as much as I did Circe, but I believe that this is because I enjoyed the characters and story subject of Circe just a little bit more than I enjoyed Achilles.

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