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Posted October 30, 2013
This story is typicall Miller greatness, but do not be fooled by the marketing. What's said to be 100 pages is actually 30-some-odd Nook pages, and only 16 of those are actual "Galatea" story. The rest is a preview of The Song of Achilles. Very disappointed in the marketing of this short story.
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Posted May 24, 2015
I’m not familiar with the mythology surrounding Galatea, but I am familiar with Madeline Miller’s writing. I knew from reading The Song of Achilles that Miller’s writing alone would be enough to make this story worth reading.
Because, as I said, I don’t know much about the myth that’s being re-imagined, I can’t comment too much on the liberties the author took. What I can comment on is that Miller’s writing drew me in from the beginning. It’s such a well-written and intriguing story to dive into. The narration by Galatea really made this what it is. We get information from her at just the right pace and the right time, letting the situation she’s living in unfold around us. She’s a woman carved from stone, and turned into a real woman. She’s a mother longing to see her daughter again. And a wife with a controlling and demanding husband…a husband who created her for his pleasure.
I won’t get into the plot more than that, or the different characters. I think I enjoyed going into this story not knowing that much.
Even though it was only a short story, it’s made me want to read more from Miller, the way I felt after reading The Song of Achilles last year. I’m hoping there’s more out there to discover, soon. There’s something enchanting about the reading experience.