Review: Mythos by Stephen Fry

Title: Mythos

Author: Stephen Fry

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Blurb

Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry. Fry transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder.

This stunning book features classical artwork inspired by the myths, as well as learned notes from the author.

  • Each adventure is infused with Fry’s distinctive wit, voice, and writing style
    • Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome
    • Retellings brim with humour and emotion and offer rich cultural context

Celebrating the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, Mythos breathes life into ancient tales—from Pandora’s box to Prometheus’s fire.

The Review

I have often thought about how much fun it would be to holiday in Stephen Fry’s brain. It just seems like a pink squidgy museum of information. Couple that with my interest in Greek Mythology and you have one happy reader.

In his book, Mythos, Fry tells the stories from ancient Greece. He does this is such a classic Fry style that you cannot help but be entertained and informed. The stories are coupled with tales from his own life or little interjections of his own opinion that colour the book in a marvellously entertaining way.

One thing I will say is that if you read Mythos then I would recommend taking your time with it. Don’t plough through it or the stories will all seem to blend into one and you begin to lose the message behind them. If I was to read Mythos again I would use it more as a palette cleanser between other books.

Mythos by Stephen Fry is available now.

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