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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece (udgave 2018)

af S. Fry (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
Forfattere:S. Fry (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Random House UK (2018)
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Vurdering:*****
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Even those readers who are not enamored of Greek mythology will be captivated by Fry's recanting of beloved stories from Ovid and Homer, enhanced by his own irreverent asides and footnotes. His overview of the realms of gods, goddesses, minor deities, and their interactions with the humans who are always at a disadvantage is entertaining enough, but where he really shines is in the first ages of Titans and Giants, before the birth of Zeus. Particularly touching is the legend of Prometheus, giver of fire to humans, who defies Zeus and destroys their joyous friendship in the process. Fry points out, time and again, where the gods made mistakes and also refused opportunities to show remorse and make reparations. A truly delightful collection from a storyteller whose warm-hearted, deep dive behind the standard retellings is unique and will be savored by any aficionado of the genre. ( )
  froxgirl | Jul 31, 2021 |
Greek mythology at it's best. In the audible version, Stephen Fry is a superb narrator ( )
  Islandmum84 | Jul 28, 2021 |
I did enjoy Stephen Fry's Mythos. It's an accessible form of the Greek myths, and they're easily understandable in this book. I definitely think that Fry does a good job in retelling the Greek myths, and it definitely helps in an understanding of Greek culture at the time that these myths were told. I'm also glad I read this as an audiobook because hearing these myths helped me better connect to and understand all the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses. I feel like a lot of people only know the most popular tales or general themes in these tales - Zeus' philandering ways, Hera's rage, Hades and Persephone, and so on. However, Fry's retelling of these myths goes into more detail about why Hera would get so upset by Zeus' infidelity, a new perspective on Hades' and Persephone's tale, and so much more. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
For anyone interested in Greek mythology, this is a winner. Stephen Fry provides a very detailed history, starting with Ouranos, moving on to the Titans, and then to the gods of Olympus. His stories are well told, proceed in a logical fashion and include some funny observations tying the old or ancient to the present. The footnotes are also interesting, but hard to follow on a Kindle. I especially liked the artwork and sculptures Fry chose to add. My only quibble is there were too many characters, once you start adding demi-gods, etc. That said, this is written for adults, not the Percy Jackson crowd. I will definitely read the second book, and like others, wish this had been around when I took a college class in this subject. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I didn't find this as engaging as the follow-up, [b:Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures|41433634|Heroes Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #2)|Stephen Fry|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1536766389l/41433634._SY75_.jpg|64659226], which concentrated on a dozen or so legendary heroes of ancient Greece. This, being the first, obviously covers the beginnings of the ancient Greek mythology and the whole pantheon of Olympian gods, goddesses and other immortals. It was more scattered, as a result, with a lot of little stories that, while charming, failed to hold my interest over extended periods of time.

Fry's narration is still full of charm and enthusiasm for the subject, and I liked his humor and the little quirks of personality that he added, as well as the asides to how various words we used today came from these myths and notes relating the locales of then to the names we know them by now. ( )
  Linda_Bookworm | May 6, 2021 |
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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.

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