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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold (Stephen Fry’s Greek Myths, 1) Paperback – 26 July 2018
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STEP INTO ANOTHER WORLD - OF MAGIC, MAYHEM, MONSTERS AND MANIACAL GODS - IN STEPHEN FRY'S MOMENTOUS SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, MYTHOS
'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times
No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.
In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling, we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.
Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.
NOW THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MYTHOS SUITE, STEPHEN FRY AND DEBBIE WISEMAN'S MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF FRY'S THRILLING RETELLINGS
'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian
'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard
'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail
'A rollicking good read' Independent
SHORTLISTED FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
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From the Publisher
No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so - their actions and adventures scrawled across the heavens above.
From the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind, Stephen Fry - who fell in love with these stories as a child - retells these myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeus's great head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments.
The Greek gods are the best and worst of us, and in Stephen Fry's hands they tell us who we are. Mythos - smart, funny, and above all great fun - is the retelling we deserve by a man who has been entertaining the nation for over four decades.
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Wit and erudition are impressively evident . . . Read by Fry with his accustomed ebullient showmanship [he] gives the legends modern resonance by telling them with a contemporary colloquial twist' -- AUDIOBOOK of the WEEK ― The Times
Mythos is the best thing he's written since his superb first novel . . . it is entertaining and edifying - one cannot really ask for more than that ― The Telegraph
Fry's lively writing certainly conveys his lifelong passion for Greek myths . . . It's a rollicking good read ― The Independent
Fry reimagines the Greek myths with wit, warmth and humanity, bringing them into the modern age. A welcome addition to any bookshelf ― Book Bag
Mythos is Stephen's vivid retelling of the Greek myths. Bringing to life the Gods, monsters and mortals of Ancient Greece, he reimagines their astonishing stories for the modern world. ― Express and Star
Perfect for the 21st Century. Ebullient, funny, Fry retells the Greek myths with elegance ― The Times
A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought weknew. Page to page, Mythos is brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling -- Richard North Patterson ― -
[Fry] exhibits prodigious learning, a great facility with words, and enormous erudition and enthusiasm ― Mail on Sunday
Lively, humorous and intimate, this retelling has real charm ― The Guardian
Fry takes us from Zeus to Athena with humour. The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy ― Guardian
Fresh revivals of the myths of ancient Greece. In his own imitable style, Fry takes an erudite look at the doings of gods, goddesses, kings, queens and ordinary mortals ― The Bay
I quite like Mythos, Stephen Fry's book on the Greek myths - he makes them amusing. I like people that illuminate the past with humour -- Jools Holland
Mythos has the gripping nature that one would hope for from a modern blockbuster. Filled with a sharp and delightful sense of humour, Stephen Fry's many witticisms making it an even more enjoyable read. I would recommend it for so many reasons ― The National
Brilliant . . . Stephen Fry's writing style makes it appealing to all. There's something for everyone ― The Herald
Reimagines the lives of ancient Greek gods and goddesses through a humorous lens, using casual language and making valuable comparisons to modern characters or events. It's also just really, really funny ― American Express Essentials
From the Back Cover
They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (26 July 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405934131
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405934138
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2019
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Fry does use some complicated words (although he'd probably recommend I use a dictionary) but I still found this to be, on the whole, easily understandable, a great read and it ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for. Fry's writing style is (as I'd imagine the man himself to be) charming, intelligent and informative with a sense of wit and of course there are plenty of footnotes as he adds extra bits of information as he tells the stories. Also, he does add a sources section at the end of the book for those who wish to delve further which I think is an excellent idea.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest about ancient Greek mythology (although not sure if it's ideal for children), especially if you want to learn about the Greek Gods, the Titans and the many myths and stories associated with them but rather than using this as a definitive guide it should be seen as an entry point to a fascinating subject.
An INDEX of characters
A more extensive diagram of how the hundreds of characters are related to eachother
I also thought that the last few chapters are slightly disorganised.
There are a few typo's and duplications as well, giving the impression it was thrown together at the last minute.
I hope the author and publisher take this into consideration for future editions.
Its interesting and enjoyable and does a good jobs of put as much as possible together in a single book without ever making you feel this it is study material for an exam.
I'd definitely recommend
By Cj81 on 8 February 2019