Mythos by Stephen Fry


cover166354-mediumFrom the Publisher: Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths—stylishly retold by beloved author and actor Stephen Fry. In this first installment of a projected trilogy, he begins with the birth of the cosmos, and leads readers on a romp through the stories of the Olympians: wise Athena, imperious Hera, fleet-footed Hermes, and impulsive Zeus. Each adventure is infused with Fry’s distinctive voice, which perfectly balances genuine love for the material and a wry, modern perspective. He draws out the humor and pathos in the gods’ quarrels and love affairs, and reveals the myths’ relevance for our own time. Illustrated throughout with classical art inspired by the myths, and wrapped up with a textured and foiled case, this collector’s edition is worthy of the intense devotion fans feel about both Stephen Fry and the Greek myths.

I have found that Fry’s work is an acquired taste and his humor not always appreciated by those who like their literature unadulterated and traditional.

That, my friends, is not me.

His irreverent and saucy retelling of Greek mythology is quite possibly the most hilarious thing I’ve read this year. The irreverence, however, is a light blanket over some serious and thorough research. Fry knows his subject well enough to skewer the gods with 21st century wit and humor. I look forward to the next installment. Well done!

Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Published By: Chronicle Books
Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy