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Book Review : Heroes by Stephen Fry

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Below you’ll find my review for the book Heroes by Stephen Fry, as well as my star ratting. Firstly though, here’s the description from NetGalley.

*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Description :

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.

My Review :

This was one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time.

The way that Stephen Fry teaches us about every one of these legends makes each more interesting than the last.

Greek Mythology was never this much fun when I was in school.

We get to see the full development of each of our heroes. From their (usually) unusual conceptions, and parenting lines to their stunning feats – I’m sure you’ll walk away with a new appreciation for heroes like Jason, Atalanta and Theseus.

The writing really allows full immersion into each scenario. Whether it’s fighting bulls, or picking apples – the descriptive imagery is spot on.

I’d suggest this book – the illustrations are great as well.