Mythos : the Greek myths reimagined

Published April 5, 2019 by Chronicle Books.

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ISBN: 9781452178912
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4 stars (52 reviews)

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reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Review of 'Mythos' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Nice retelling of the Greek Myths. I highly appreciate the lighthearted interpretation by Stephen Fry and his brilliant reading of the audio book.
Since I'm German, I grew up with the version by Gustav Schwab, which was by far more traditional and contained much less gay love as far as I remember.
I really recommend it.

reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Review of 'Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wonderful book, Fry is a great narrator. It's never boring - on the contrary, quite funny and it is aimed at anyone. It proceeds in short chapters which make the information very digestible, and I particularly liked the linguistic/etymological excursus.

reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Review of 'Mythos' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very well written. Fry does a great job of weaving the crazy stories into something more palpable. It does take a dip about 2/3rds of the way through, but other than that it's pretty good.

reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Review of 'Mythos' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

There must be a trait, possibly genetic, that endows people with the ability to memorize (and care about) the most absurd trivia: names and relationships and who-said-what-to-whom. It's probably the same trait that makes people know and care about Prophet This and Saint That and Verse Mumble in the judeochristimuslim pantheon. Thank FSM that I didn't inherit that.

Mythos was fun, mostly, but sooooo mind-numbing. So many characters and stories and interweavings among them: Fry's most common phrase was "you may recall" or "as you'll no doubt remember" in reference to some name or another, always with helpful hints of when we had last seen them, which for the most part flew way over my head. Yeah, I vaguely remember some god getting angry/horny/confused and turning some other mortal into a pig/swan/heffalump, but by halfway through they all blur together and by the end I just wanted it over with. …

reviewed Mythos by Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)

Review of 'Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A chronological retelling (as best as anyone can) of the origins of the Greek gods and life in the Golden Age, with modern dialogue and British colloquialisms. Fry's narration is excellent.

The etymology alone was fascinating, as were the Greek stories to explain how different parts of the world were formed, how phenomenons like echoes were created, and how different animals and insects came to be.

Be aware that every story had some form of murder, adultery, rape, incest, sodomy, pedophilia, bestiality, brutal vengeance, torture, lying and thievery, eternal suffering, etc. That's how Greek myth goes, but I found it draining. The few trips to the underworld with Hades or Thanatos were actually the most wholesome, and like two characters just doing an honest day’s work.

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