Art Gallery Book Club
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Art Gallery Book Club meets every second month at the Gallery to discuss books, enjoy great art, and share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
For July, our book will be Circe by Madeline Miller, a powerful story of the mythological witch, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. The vivid elements of Circe’s legend have inspired artists through the ages, including sculptor Bertram Mackennal, whose exquisite statuette can be seen in the Gallery’s collection.
Join us in the study room for a friendly and open discussion exploring this captivating novel.
About the book
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Circe is available from the Gallery Shop. Buy your copy online.