Fry 2017

Title Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold (Stephen Fry's Great Mythology, #1)
Author Fry, Stephen
Published 2017
ISBN 0718188721
ISBN13 9780718188726
Bookshelves [ literature-music-art , philosophy , religion , reviewed ]
Goodreads ID 35074096
Rating 4
Review A very good read, this retelling of the classical Greek myths. One fascinating aspect is the very different idea of godhood compared to the judeo-christian concept. The Greek gods are real persons (so to speak), and quite capricious and moody. They are like morally deficient variants of Hollywood superheroes; they don't really care all that much about morally good deeds. An interesting similarity is that superheroes aren't interesting unless they have a weak spot, like kryptonite for Superman. In the Greek gods' case, it is the rule that no god can revoke the divine command or curse of another god. Numerous stories revolve around this fundamental constraint.