Tales well told: Heroes The Greek Myths Reimagined (Greek Mythology Book for Adults, Book of Greek Myths and Hero Tales) by Stephen Fry

I have known Stephen Fry as an actor, having watched an enjoyable series called Kingdom in which he starred.  He is also a man with lots of personality.  More recently, Mr. Fry has turned his hand to writing.  A prior book of his, Mythos, was well received.  Now we have this new book which re-imagines a number of Greek myths.

Eight heroes have their stories told here in a series of short chapters.  The characters are Perseus, Heracles, Bellerophon, Orpheus, Jason, Atalanta, Oedipus and Theseus. Before starting on his tales, Fry includes helpful resources such as maps and a family tree of the Olympians.   There are some helpful entries at the end of the book including a list of characters, monsters, mortals and more.

The book’s introduction sets the tone.  The style is conversational and engaging.  It is written in a present tense. Frye tells his stories well and with a sense of humor.  The text is beautifully illustrated with many paintings.

If you would like to relax and have someone tell you a story, you should enjoy this title.  I am eager to see the print copy.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Pub date:  June 2, 2020

#Heroes #NetGalley

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