Book club: Heroes by Stephen Fry


In 2019 I read and wrote a review on the book Mythos by Stephen Fry. In which he tells about the Greek myths, specifically about the gods.

And I have finally read the second book (currently already a trilogy), and again I wanted to give you a review.

You may have already guessed it but in Heroes, Stephen Fry retells the stories about the Heroes. The children of the gods that have experienced many adventures. The book includes the stories of Perseus, Heracles (you might now him as Hercules), Bellerophon, Orpheus, Jason, Atalanta, Oedipus and Theseus. Most of the stories you have probably heard or read about before. But probably not in such detail!

My favourite story in this book is probably that of Atalanta! A Heroin that I hadn’t heard of before. But is probably the greatest warrior or at least hunter that deserves to be more well known. Thank you Stephen fry for sharing her story!

Eventhough they are known as heroes most of the stories end tragically or have gruesome details. The stories of the heroes are probably not as glorious as you expect them to be. At least it was to me. On the back of the book it says ‘Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and at our very best’, which is a great discription of the stories and humankind except our mosters do not look like medusa from the outside.

Stephen Fry is a great storyteller. I personally prefered reading Mythos as it contained more stories of which I wasn’t aware they were Greek myths and that just blew my mind. but If you have any interest in the Greek myths, Heroes is a must read!

4 out of 5 stars 🙂

XO, Maxime

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