A review by readclever
Galatea, by Madeline Miller

dark emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


 I wanted to like this story. Galatea, the character, had such potential. But Miller made her far too passive in some ways. I'm not sure if this is meant to be placed in ancient Greece or 1865 Britian.

The ending was sad but well done. There was a lot of emotional resonance. But the lead up felt so empty because the story was so short. There wasn't a real connection beyond her subjugation.

There were too many loose threads at the end to bump it up to 3 stars. I'm not sure how to take this story as an intro to Miller. 

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