Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by Stephen Fry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I shall judge this book purely upon whether I was entertained. And I'm happy to announce that I was. :)
Fry's wit and erudition come together nicely to make one of the most accessible accounting of a large handful of Greek Heroes I've had the pleasure to read. Perhaps better than Hamilton, definitely better than Bullfinch, but perhaps not quite as bright as Ovid, these are, however, punctuated with Fry's charmingly dry wit and panache.
And isn't that why we love Fry? Oh, and the tellings of these Heroes are quite vivid, uncomplicated, and evocative.
Is everyone accounted for? Hmmm... not quite. But the biggest and brightest names are. Want all of the trials of Hercules, or shall I say Heracles? Check. Perseus? Bellerophon? Theseus? Orpheus? Even Dedalus? Check!
It was like having a movie in my mind. :) No overcomplication. Just fun. :)
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