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Galatea [Kindle Edition]

Madeline Miller
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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In Ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece – the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen – the gift of life. Now his wife, Galatea is expected to be obedience and humility personified, but it is not long before she learns to use her beauty as a form of manipulation. In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CS0X58E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read 7 July 2013
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An unusual and disturbing short story. A gifted sculptor creates a truly beautiful woman who is then brought to life by the goddesses. He wants to keep her all for himself to fulfil his wishes and needs but she then discovers she needs to be free of his control. He has her locked up in a hospital where he has convinced the doctors and nurses she is mad. I can't say any more as this is a short story and if I do you will not need to read it for yourself, which I strongly recommend you do. There is a strong analogy here to modern day control and abuse and domination over women around the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SHORT STORY 10 July 2013
By lynne
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I do not normally write reviews but feel short changed. This was a lesson to review properly before you buy as I did not realise it was a short story. As usual I read the first page thought it was interesting and bought it. It was an extremely short read and not worth 1.49.

The story itself is interesting and quirky but could have been expanded on very easily. I felt it was over before I had started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too short 3 Aug 2013
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Not as good as her last book didn't keep my attention hope she gives us a better book in the future
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something and nothing 23 July 2013
By Lin
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This was disappointing after reading Song of Achilles. It was short but not sweet - like a story you would find in a magazine really. I would not recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 7 July 2013
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Miller is a great creator of characters with problematic identities. Like Achilles in her previous story, Galatea is not entirely human but her thoghts and actions are human enough to make her a believable and memorable character. Like the last time, Miller's interpretation of an old myth gives it a new layer of feelings and highlights many issues of today's world. Her skillful intertexutality proves that ancient stories are universal even thousands years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative short story 29 Dec 2013
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Galatea is the statue brought to life in the story of Pygmalion - as can probably be guessed from Miller's use of that title rather than the better known name, this short story views the myth from the statue's point of view. A lyrical, evocative look at sexual fantasy and obsession, it's slight - I read it in less than 10 minutes, if that - but Miller's gorgeous prose makes it worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it but too short 16 Dec 2013
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I really like the way this author writes and brings humanity to the Greek myths. But I didn't want it to end so suddenly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but not sweet 6 Dec 2013
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Intriguing story. I hadn't realised it was a short story when I bought it (kindle) but as a short story it really delivers. Worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't think of a good title
I enjoyed this. I have no idea how the original myth goes but this was well written in simple clear modern English but the setting was I guess still ancient Greece as it felt... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite an engaging story
Not seen something based on this legend before. Engaging and entertaining without being too taxing . Ideal for a short ferry crossing.
Published 6 months ago by Book worm UK
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Ancient History you will like this
This short novella is, of course, based on an ancient Greek tale and I enjoyed reading this take on this exciting story. Loved it as a teenager, still love it now.
Published 7 months ago by N. L. Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
From the beginning, this short story was captivating and I really engaged with the characters. Miller really tells the story in a way that is almost believable, and makes you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more!
A short piece, not as convincing as the 'Song of Achilles', because not developed so convincingly... but still a clever idea, and well-written.
Published 8 months ago by Fred Everett
2.0 out of 5 stars somehow I wanted it to be as good as Song of Achilles
Disappoints after the wonderful writing style of Song of Achilles. Not nearly in same league. Recommend the Achilles book instead!
Published 8 months ago by anon
4.0 out of 5 stars a masterful short story
although a short story(but not so short), it was every bit as good as her book the song of Achilles, both are magical and in a very distinctive, immediate and readable style which... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Georgia Sands
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
I have to confess that when I ordered this for my Kindle I had no idea that it was a short story and not a full novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nicky
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, and disappointing
After reading the Song of Achilles, I was looking forward to another fabulous read, only to find Galatea both disturbing and disappointing at the same time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chrissie
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