Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, the host of the 80+ episodes of Book Stew, a 30-minute video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, featuring authors, playwrights, voice artists, and journalists.
‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry
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 umans 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 anyone who enjoys the stories that attempt to explain the heavens, our evolution, and the natural world.
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