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The Odyssey from Circe’s point of view

This arresting novel needs more sex

By Edith Hall   May 2018

Circe by Wright Barker

In The Song of Achilles, her debut novel, Madeline Miller rewrote the Iliad for a 21st-century audience, bringing to erotic life the love story between Achilles and Patroclus never made explicitly sexual in the original epic. It was the surprise winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012. Critics were divided between admirers of her sumptuous style, poignant dialogue and ability to conjure up mysterious worlds faraway and long ago in a few deft images; others saw it as a childish…

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