Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.
Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined (Mythos, 3) by Stephen Fry
Once again, Stephen Fry, comedian and classics scholar, proves to be an amusing and enlightening guide through the final book of the Greek mythology trilogy (preceded by Mythos and Heroes).
One might think that there’s nothing left to be said about the Trojan War, but Fry’s analysis of the genesis of Homer (fictional blind poet or real person?) and his recounting of the fates of Achilles, Helen, Hector, Priam, and others reveal new and fresh insights.
Especially remarkable are his analysis of the character of Odysseus, here shown to be more treacherous than heroic. Maybe Fry will rework the Odyssey and we’ll see if the wanderer is redeemed.
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