Thanks again to Sarah @ The Bibliophagist who tagged me for this wonderful 3-day book tag which I started yesterday. Here comes today’s follow up:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day
In my first post I put up a memorable, pithy one-liner from one of my favourite YA protagonists of all time, Nyx Triskelion of Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. Today I’m back with another quote from a fantasy novel, this time the much darker Circe by the brilliant Madeline Miller. I would quote this whole book if I could, but as it is, here’s one of my favourite bits.
He does not mean that it does not hurt. He does not mean that we are not frightened. Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what is means to be alive.
Couched in its lush writing and gruesome Greek mythology, Circe is ultimately the stunning portrait of its protagonist discovering who she really is. This quote shows some of the truths that she eventually discovers–even without knowing who the “he” is (if you haven’t read the novel, it’s someone from canon who you probably haven’t heard of), it’s a glimpse at Circe’s fascinating journey and Madeline Miller’s gorgeous writing.
Two down, one to go!