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In other hands, this would have been a project in danger of dryness. Instead of comprehensive accounts of all the Myths, Fry focuses on going into detail of his favourite ones. The effect is bringing these old stories to fresh life, as he narrates their stories with passion and animation. It is the most interesting and captivating account of these ancient tales I’ve encountered. The retelling is natural and conveys the oral tradition from which these tales stem, they don’t feel written down at all.
The tales convey the heart and humour, as well as the humanity at the centre of these historical stories. The book is full of connections that explicate the originatory significance of these stories, and Fry’s linguistic and lexical background is well served as he explains the etymological connections and roots between modern-day words and these ancient ones.
The Greek myths are amongst 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. 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.
Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry’s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age – in all their rich and deeply human relevance.
©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
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- Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:02/11/2017
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd