Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Water for Elephants - Trailer

The excitement is mounting up for the release of the motion picture Water for Elephants. I must say I am part of that excited mass. I just hope that the film remains true to the book not only in the plot but in spirit.

I read Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen several years ago, and it became one of my all-time favorite books. In the story, Mr. Jankowski, now a senior living in a senior home, narrates to his nurse how he dropped out from college, and joined the Benzini Brothers Circus as a veterinarian, and how he fell in love with Marlena and Rosie, the elephant. The book was sometimes funny and at other times dramatic, and that’s what I mean when I say that I hope the true spirit of the book doesn’t get lost in the film. Mr. Jankowski as a senior plays as big a part in the book as does his younger counterpart.

I have some misgivings about the casting of Robert Pattinson as the young Jankowski. I would have preferred Tobey Maguire or Jake Gyllenhaal, but these two are too old to play the part considering Jankoski was college aged. Don’t get me wrong, I like Robert Pattinson in the Twilight Saga, but this story is pure drama meant for a wider audience.

I just hope the film becomes a success, in the name of the fantastic book it is based on.