Booker 2018: Ranking the Shortlist

I’ve never been so enticed by a booker selection as I was with the 2018 shortlist, and so, I read them all (with the exception of Mars Room) and therefore, I now dare to talk about my favourites among them and who I think deserved to win. Honestly, any of these books would make a…

The Witch Who Turned Men into Pigs: A Review of Circe by Madeline Miller

The readings of Greek Mythology, notably Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, sums up Circe as a ‘’witch who turned men into pigs.’’ She is also famous as Odysseus’s lover. She briefly appears in the Minotaur story, when the pregnant Pasiphae (Circe’s sister) calls upon the exiled Circe to help with the birth of the monster, fathered…

On the Margins No More: A Review of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

In The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood gives voice to Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, and her twelve maids who remained voiceless in Homer’s Odyssey. The book alternates chapters between Penelope’s monologues and singing choruses by the twelve hanged maids (by Odysseus). Atwood replays the myths to bring the marginalised into the centre of the narrative. Odysseus…