If men make Gods in their own image, then Madeline Miller's gods are flawed, awe-ful and vindictive enough to be very human. Her Circe isn't just a vengeful, possessive seductress or crafty sorceress alone, she's also the least loved ugly duckling of a very dysfunctional family, the bullied offspring of two complete narcissists who, like her siblings, finds powers that the Olympians can only dream of and fear. Power, after all, is what drives and warps this world, and Miller's version of Circe's tale is, in a large part, a psychological study of how structural asymmetries lead to very twisted manoeuvres for power by everyone within a system. Circe cannot be reduced just to a hapless, angelic victim or a wicked, vengeful monster- for even if she is slow to realise the unfair rules of her universe and the plays behind its plays, even if she is quick to retaliate and to use her powers in self-defence- what sets her apart from the other gods is her capacity for regret.
Perhaps what I like the best about Miller is her ill-disguised contempt for the much vaunted epic hero- whether it is Jason, newly wed and already resenting the much more powerful and ruthless wife without whom he'd have failed his mission, or Odysseus- calculating, manipulative, shrewd Odysseus whose dark triadic characteristics and addiction to glory are brought to the fore in this telling. Keep your heroes and give me those men and women who are willing to risk honesty and vulnerability to admit to their failings and take responsibility for them. #pipreads #instareads#bookstagram#MadelineMiller#Circe
"Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.”
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Travle dager gir lite lesetid, uansett kor hyggelig man har det! Fortsatt djupt inne i Miniers univers, og er blitt litt mørkeredd, altså 🙈
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
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Have you read our Scottish book of the month yet? It's Down to the Sea by Sue Lawrence! (psst, still a few signed copies available as well!!) --- 1890s Edinburgh. Superstitious fishwives blame young Jessie for the deaths of their menfolk in a terrible storm, and she's forced into the Newhaven Poorhouse. In those less enlightened times, life was often severe, cruel even, and Jessie is entirely at the mercy of a tyrant matron. But one inmate is not all she seems. Jessie begins to pick at the truth, uncovering the secrets and lies that pervade the poorhouse - and which will have profound and dangerous consequences in the future.
Happy Fri-yay everyone! I meant to post this last night for Slytherin Pride Day but alas! I fell asleep! 😂
But did I tell you guys that my letter from Hogwarts finally came? I can honestly say that I've been waiting for this moment my entire life! 😍
I'm on my way to the airport right now cause I'll be flying to Vienna for the weekend and I'm super excited! It's going to be my first time there and I can't wait! 😊
Do you like travelling?
"In diesem Buch erzählt Marlon Bundo von einem Tag aus seinem Leben. Marlon ist ein Kaninchen, das bei seinem Großvater Mike Pence, dem Vizepräsidenten der USA, lebt. Und Marlon war immer sehr einsam – bis zu diesem einen Tag, an dem sich sein Leben für immer verändern sollte ... Ein Buch, das die Themen Toleranz und Gerechtigkeit kindgerecht aufbereitet und sich für Vielfalt, Demokratie und die gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe einsetzt. Niedlich, witzig und liebevoll illustriert richtet es sich an jeden kleinen und großen Leser, der sich schon einmal "anders" gefühlt hat."
Gute Kinderbücher zu finden, ist gar nicht so einfach. Gute Kinderbücher zu finden, die meine Kinder dann auch tatsächlich anschauen möchten, ist nahezu unmöglich. 😂
Irgendwann entwickelt man ja ein Gefühl dafür, was gefallen könnte und in unserem Fall sind das zu 90% Bücher mit Tieren.
Tja, wer genau Marlon Bundo eigentlich ist und warum das Buch überhaupt geschrieben wurde, habe ich tatsächlich erst nach dem Kauf erfahren. #kriegtsieüberhauptwasmit
Aber für mich war neben der Thematik auch das Häschen ausschlaggebend und mein großes Kind war direkt begeistert als er es gesehen hat. 😁
Mein Sohn ist 4 Jahre alt und hatte wirklich großen Spaß an dem Buch. Die Zeichnungen haben ihm total gut gefallen und so konnten wir auch schön zusammen durch das Buch blättern.
Es geht darum dass Marlon Bundo sich in einen anderen Hasenjungen verliebt. Das Buch bietet die Möglichkeit kindgerecht über das Thema Sexualität zu sprechen bzw. darüber zu wem man sich hingezogen fühlt.
Ein wirklich schön gestaltetes, süßes Buch mit einer wichtigen Botschaft, das nicht nur bei mir, sondern vor allem auch bei meinen Kindern sehr gut ankam. ❤
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“Experimental Fiction is a difficult genre in itself, but Max Porter does it expertly well. At the heart of his novel is a sensitive boy who challenges what it means to be authentically English. Another way in which experimental fiction is obviously shown in the physical book is in the wandering path of words.”
There’s #freshmilk on our website. @_oliiee discusses Max Porter’s latest contribution to experimental fiction, Lanny. ——————————————————————————
Read online at: https://milk-magazine.co.uk/toppingandcompanybooksellersmaxporterlanny/
“Now and then, in the depths of the night, I’ll think about barns burning to the ground. 밤의 어둠 속에서, 이따금 나는 불에 타 허물어지는 헛간을 생각한다.” I recently re-read this short story before watching the Korean movie, Burning 버닝. The movie expands on the short story, taking the tangerine pantomime, the mystery of the missing person, and burning parts of the short story and adding elements often found in a Murakami story — a missing cat, a character falling into a well that might not have existed, and a mix of unresolved mystery and violence. What do you think of the movie’s characters Ben and Haemi?
One of the things I love about being a passenger on a road trip is reading in the car. As a busy mother I very rarely get an opportunity to read a book, well not for longer than 5 minutes at a time anyway! .
I quite enjoyed this new book by Martina Cole, it was an easy read - just what I needed for this trip.
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Birchwood | 5 ⭐️ Birchwood is a grotesque novel which plays on the carnivalesque to portray the wrongness and performative nature of the Anglo-Irish Ascendency within the Irish Independence struggles. Within the novel, Banville plays on the traditional Irish trope of the broken mirror. He suggests that the narrative which we construct about ourselves are wholly illusionary. Indeed, Banville suggests that this illusion is necessary to survive: “They wished to be deceived, they conspired with us in our fantasies”. Without the illusion, one has to, in Banville’s opinion, face up to the nihilism of life. Or, in the case of the protagonist, family secrets.
The fractured self is only one part of the fragmentation which shadows the novel. Banville’s story is not linear. Indeed, there is a slippage of time; Banville references the telephone, the famines and the Molly Maguires. All distinct periods in Irish history. Thus, time is intangible in the novel. It appears that while Banville wants to subvert the traditional linear retelling of history and provides a more thematic approach.
Birchwood is a rich and vibrant novel. Banville expertly uses Gothic traditions to enhance the character and claustrophobia of the house. Furthermore, the novel is filled with stunning imagery and motifs. Finally he prose is outstanding: “We imagine that we remember things as they were, while in fact all we carry into the future are fragments which reconstruct a wholly illusory past. That first death we witness will always be a murmur of voices down a corridor and a clock falling silent in the darkened room, the end of love is forever two spent cigarettes in a saucer and a white door closing.”
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It's that lovely time of the week again homies! Friday = fun, food and frolic! #qotd ❓Do you like spoofs/parodies? #aotd ❗Yup! They are stupidly hilarious! Northanger Abbey (NA) was my first parody book, but among movies I love the Scary Movies and Meet the Spartans
I devoured NA (for the #austenbookclub ), which to be fair is not even 200 pages long, but still! Comin' at ya with the 📝BOOK REVIEW📝 *SPOILERS AHEAD*. Proceed to the TLDR for a quick spoiler free summary
This book was written as a parody of the gothic fic of the time, and it did not disappoint! Containing restricted passageways, an antique closet with a mystery scroll, and a possible wife torturer(!), the story is in essence a classic Jane Austen romance, interspersed with comedic relief.
We follow our young heroine Catherine Morland as she leaves her countryside home for Bath, in search of adventure with her guardians. After a few days without any acquaintance, she meets with the charming Isabella Thorpe, and they become fast friends. Things took off from there as per usual, with lots of drama, and I found myself feeling indignant and agitated on the characters' behalves!
🐴I wanted to smack John with the heaviest hardback I own!
😏Isabella was the slyest creature around, and such a skank! Dios Mio!
👧🏼Our dearest heroine Catherine! While her heart was in the right place, naive is an understatement to describe the girl! She had me facepalming throughout!
😍The only grown up among the gang of young gnats was Henry Tilney! He had a literary and artistic orientation, highly respected women, and was a grammar nazi!
A difference from the usual Austen novels was that while there was romance, it wasn't as explicit as it usually is. For instance there were no declarations of love! The ending thus felt a little rushed, but I believe that was the right move in the interest of maintaing the book as a parody
TLDR; Different from Jane Austen's usual works, NA has become one of her best for me, right up there with P&P, but for different reasons, it kept me engaged throughout. I highly recommend this classic, albeit not as your first as the writing might need a little getting used to.
Z jaką książką zaczynacie weekend?
Jestem w połowie "Cieni Nowego Orleanu" Macieja Lewandowskiego i jakoś nie ma chemii między nami póki co, ale ciągle liczę na to, że jednak jakąś znajdę 😉
Okultystyczny kryminał z elementami mitologii wudu i horror w duchu twórczości Lovecrafta!
John Raymond Legrasse, doświadczony nowoorleański policjant, podczas policyjnego nalotu na przemytników trafia do dziupli handlarzy żywym towarem. Znajduje tam makabrycznie okaleczone zwłoki młodej kobiety. Tropy prowadzą do niewyjaśnionej sprawy z przeszłości, rytualnego mordu dokonanego przez tajemniczą sektę. Zamordowanej dziewczynie wyryto na skórze tajemnicze znaki oraz zdarto płat skóry z pleców. Odsunięty od sprawy Legrasse prowadzi własne śledztwo. Podążając śladem handlarzy żywym towarem, dociera do zakładu fotograficznego, w którym znajduje nagrania brutalnych gwałtów i tortur czarnoskórych kobiet. Kolejny ślad prowadzi do Kaznodziei, przywódcy sekty przywołującej demony…
Does this even need a review? 🙃 You all told me it starts getting good from the third book on. Naturally everyone was right 😂 — I totally forgot how good Prisoner of Azkaban is. It’s so interesting to be rereading the series several years later and to now notice the evolution of J. K. Rowling’s writing — it improves with every book! I’m currently 200 pages into Goblet of Fire, which was always one of my favorites. I’m curious to see if that’ll still hold true once I finish it, but so far Prisoner of Azbakan is my top favorite!
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Human, please, I AM TRYING TO ENJOY THIS EXQUISITE PIECE OF LITERATURE 📖
Thank you @penguinbooks & @vikingbooks for sending these my way! Is it just me or are this year’s new releases insanely good?? I’m super intrigued by all 3 of these: THE NEW by Halle Butler, THE STUDY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES by Lindsay Stern, and THE ALTRUISTS by Andrew Ridker. Butler’s book has been on my TBR for a while, so I’m thinking I’ll start with that one first and then work my way through the rest of this bundle (also their cover game is #goals ). I’ll have a synopsis of each of these posted to my stories if you guys are interested in learning more about them! ☺️🤗
Had a lovely day today 🍂 Managed to read 84 pages of this book and I think I’m going to read more tonight, I’m loving it so far 🙈 How many pages have you read today? Has it been a good reading day for you? 📖
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Which book or series do you wish you could experience again for the first time?
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A soft, quiet evening tonight ✨ Featuring Chinese food, a Netflix documentary with my boyfriend, and an hour of reading ☁️ Pictured is a stack of books I’m either currently reading or hoping to read soon. I’m so obsessed with each of them 🙈 what books are you reading/looking forward to starting? 🍂