Circe Book Review by Madeline Miller - Book Review by Fanana. Greek Mythology For Feminists

Circe – A Feminist Retelling of the Famous Witch in Greek Mythology

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Circe Book Review This was just the second book I read this year, but I can already tell that it’s probably my favourite of 2019. The only reason I picked this book up was because the good people at Books on Toast recommended it as one of the best books of 2018 and from their words, Circe sounded like a feminist badass. Before starting this book, I was apprehensive – I pretty much knew nothing about Greek mythology. As a kid, I played a Hercules computer game, but beyond that, I had no interest in Titans or Olympians or whatever. The movies and stories were too macho and violent for my taste. But this book changed me. I never thought I’d say this, but now I am curious about Troy, and Clash of the Titans, and Minotaur, and the Percy Jackson movies. The Story “When I was born, the name for […]

How to Read Shakespeare – When You’re Not a Student and Your Job Doesn’t Require It

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The good thing about age-old classics, is that there are a ton of resources to go along with it – analyses, plays, movie and movie adaptations – so  many takes on the same bloody thing! And if there’s something I enjoy, it is the analysis of any form of art. I’m not a big fan of classics, mainly because of the general difficulty in understanding the language. However, in the recent past, there have been too many instances where I’ve been recommended classics, that I can’t ignore it anymore. (For example, To Kill a Mockingbird) I thought I’d start with Shakespeare – someone who’s not all that unfamiliar, thanks to CBSE. A quick Google search gave me the best way to read it, and I think this needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Hence this post. Read this Quora Answer, which nicely instructs you how to […]

The Dilemma about the Nighttime Routine

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Everyday I resolve to read more, outside of social media and outside of work. Outside of what Google and Facebook have decided will interest me and make me click: algorithmically curated, bite-sized pieces of information (including the occasional ‘long form’ pieces that aren’t really that long) that are meant to make me react in some form – outrage, purchase, or binge on. I like that my books don’t have an ulterior motive. They don’t measure which page I spent the most time on, which page made me leave, which page made me read longer than usual or what exact emotions I had when I flicked through the pages (Like? Love? Wow?). They neither push notifications at me, nor do they run analytics to find out how to slowly make me dependent on them. They don’t make me feel like crap when I’ve consumed a little more than I should have. And most importantly, they slowly, magically lull […]

Breaking up with books.

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I came across this interesting piece of news today : Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable A sudden whiff of deja vu. 1.The Lord of The Rings  I was 13. There were far too many words for me to look up in the dictionary and take note of in my new-words-notebook(where is it now, btw?). I kept falling asleep. Didn’t feel it was worth it. Gaaaaaaaaaasp? Shut up. During my first year of engineering, I bought a copy of LoTR from a second-hand shop in Palayam, and started over, but I lost one half of the book somewhere. Yes I’m cheap enough to buy old dilapidated copies of classics. 2. Atlas Shrugged I will only say that I tried. Can someone motivate me enough to make me start reading this book which is supposed to be the greatest book evarr? 3. Casual Vacancy […]