Stephen Fry. A lot can be said from this man who challenges the church, stalks through jungles trying to find endangered species and openly speaks about mental disorder. And he narrates all 7 Harry Potter books…
And so, naturally, when his new book Mythos came out I knew I needed it. I already love Greek mythology. The stories are so woven and intricate, they are openly such real gods with their unruly ways and tempers. The story of Persephone being my favorite but I think I interpret it a little differently to most.
The Greek myths are truly the greatest stories ever told in my opinion, 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 and tales. And over the years I have read many retellings and often find some of the stories woven into stories where I don’t think the author meant to or realized they were doing.
In Fry’s hands the stories of the Titans and Gods become an entertaining account of war, worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies. Far from feeling like another dry recounting of a number of our favorite Greek myths, Fry’s down-to-earth humor and storytelling have turned these gods into something more relatable.
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.
A definite must read if you’re one who like me enjoys the old stories. It’s so well written I’d say that if you homeschool you could add it to summer reading – just remember though that the old Gods were known for their debaucherous ways and dabbled in incest.