The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.
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.
You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.
I love Stephen Fry. He’s such an interesting human being. So well-spoken. I probably watched all of the QI episodes with him as the moderator at least ten times. Another quite important fact, he’s funny. As in, he makes me laugh out loud. Even when I’m reading his words.
This book gives a pretty general overview of Greek Mythology. I’m not complaining here. I could use the revision of the basics. Because everyone knows Zeus but how he rose to power? How his childeren were born? How much he actually slept around… no wait, that’s also pretty commonly known.
There’s honestly not a lot to explain about this book. It’s very funny. The subject matter lends itself perfectly to Fry’s humor. I laughed, giggled and even snorted a couple of times while I was reading. So it’s safe to say I had a really great time.
If you’re at all interested in Mythology, recommending this book to you is a no-brainer. It’s also a perfect way to dip into myths if you’re not familiar with them at all. If you’ve read Circe or The Song of Achilles and you want to learn more, you should definitely pick this one up.
I can’t wait to read “Heroes“, the next book in this series because no matter how high and mighty the gods were, I’m a mere mortal myself and we looooove defying the higher powers and proving we’re worth remembering.