In this sequel to the bestselling Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.
Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly finds resonance with our own modern minds and hearts.
Illustrated throughout with classical art inspired by the myths, this gorgeous volume invites you to explore a captivating world with a brilliant storyteller as your guide.
• Each adventure is infused with Fry's distinctive voice and writing style.
• Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome.
• Retellings brim with humor and emotion.
"Mostly Chiron saw in the child, and the young man he became, boundless courage, athleticism, intelligence, and ambition. He saw too lots of words beginning with 'self,' which gave him pause. Self-belief, self-possession, self-righteousness, self-confidence, self-love. Perhaps these characteristics are as necessary to a hero as courage."
In Heroes, Fry draws out the humor and pathos in both tender love affairs and heroic battles, and reveals each myth's relevance for our own time.
• A collector's edition filled with classical art inspired by the myths and a luxe, foil-stamped jacket
• Perfect gift for mythology and history buffs, lovers of ancient Greece, art aficionados, and devoted fans of Stephen Fry
• Add it to the shelf with books like Circe by Madeline Miller, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Greek myths may be ancient, but their entertainment value is timeless, as actor and author Stephen Fry proves in his follow-up to Mythos. Fry’s delightful read focuses on the Greek heroes—semi-divine characters born from one human parent and one god parent—and he uses his sublimely irreverent wit to make the stories modern and relevant. From Heracles’ “roid rage” to Theseus’ “midlife crisis,” Fry’s conversational language gives the stories a wonderful immediacy that lets us focus on how exciting and emotionally resonant they are. He even includes a handy list of important character names in the back of the book, in case you’re too busy enjoying the antics of Zeus’ crazy brood to keep them all straight.
Who knew Greek mythology could be so intriguing and exciting? Now I’m completely hooked on the Greeks. The writing is crisp and colorful and the illustrations are magnificent.
Important reading for modern citizens.