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Following the bestselling retellings of the Greek myths in Mythos and Heroes, Stephen Fry's bewitching third volume Troy - concerning love and war, passion and power - is now ready for ordering.
The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.
It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers the war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and, naturally, nature takes its course.
It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies. The Greek's most fearsome warrior, Achilles, argues with King Agamemnon, his commander, over another woman, the Trojan slave Briseis. The consequences lead to terrible tragedies.
In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.
It is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves and which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life.
Praise for Heroes and Mythos:
'Ebullient and funny' The Times
'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph
'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of literary legacy' Guardian
'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail
'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' The Times
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The third volume in Stephen Fry’s exploration of The Greek Myths fulfils his Herculean task with a flourish. He delivers a brilliant retelling of the epic story of Troy—the kidnapping of Helen and the following Greek siege of the city details heroism, revenge, love and loss. Fry injects back-breaking passion into each of the characters for a thrilling listen that crucially requires no expert knowledge of earlier instalments, Mythos and Heroes. Excelling in understanding that most listeners have an awareness of the stories through big-budget screen adaptations, Troy truly excels when an unhampered Fry is able to drill down into spellbinding detail and compelling etymologies. A rich and comprehensive triumph.
A balanced and sensitive treatment
This review applies to both the textual and audio versions of the book. Stephen Fry weaves an authentic retelling of Homer’s Iliad ,while taking great care to place it in its mythological and archeological context in a most accessible yet accurate way. I am very grateful for his work.