Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆
These days the origin of the universe is explained by proposing a Big Bang, a single event that instantly brought into being all the matter from which everything and everyone are made.
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.
When I was a child, I devoured every book I could get on Greek mythology. I still love them, these great stories about gods and heroes so I was really excited for Mythos.
This book does not disappoint. The writing is lively and funny and the myths are grouped in ways that make sense. This book leaves out all stories about the Greek heroes, so don’t expect to find any Herakles or Achilles here (there will be a second book about them).
His heart lifted to a state approaching something like happiness, however, when he heard, unexpectedly, the sound of Rhea’s low sweet voice humming gently to herself as she came up the slope towards the mountaintop. Loveliest sister and dearest wife! It was quite natural that she had been a little upset by his consumption of their six children, but she surely understood that he had had no choice. She was a Titan, she knew about duty and destiny.
So, what do you get with this book? You get all the glory of Greek mythology. The creation of the universe, crazy Kronos and his appetite for his own children, Zeus and his inability to keep it in his pants, wise Athena and golden Apollo and all the rest of them.
Great retelling of the Greek myths.