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text 2019-10-14 03:07
Reading progress update: I've read 292 out of 464 pages.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Greek mythology with Stephen Fry style in language. 


So Zeus do a lot of sex and got a lot of goddess and women pregnant. 


Dialogue is funny as talked like they are drunk. 


A lot of incest and stories of jealous gods. As expected. 


It also reflected on how the Greek culture, the important of hospitality and manner of the guest. 


Enjoyable but slow read. As it is not a continuous story but many many stories thrown together.  


Zeus and Ganymede- well, Zeus did kidnapped him. But then Zeus give him immorality and a role as a cup bearer. 


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100+ pages to the finish and my first bingo. 


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text 2019-10-11 09:38
Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 464 pages.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Zeus is a corny god that Hera is a jealous goddess.


Men created stories, gods are like humans that kill, eat and mate. 


Some gods are beautiful, some are beautiful and smart. 


So far so good in the retelling of old tales. A story of where gods come from. All gods are from the imagination of humans. 


Like Harry Potters, stories provide a guide for values. The good are going to win because they are good. The bad are powerful, cruel and wicked but would still lost in the end because they are bad. 


Reading this for Free Square. 

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text 2019-10-08 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 464 pages.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry retold of Greek myths. Fun read so far. It is a lot of incest and violence, which is the core of the myths when the gods have sex a lot. 


Just started reading this for the free square. Last book for the first bingo. 




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review 2019-09-30 13:27
Beware Of Greeks Bearing Gifts.

The Siege of Troy: A novel

Theodor Kallifatides

Translated from the Swedish edition by Marlaine Delargy

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Other Press (September 10, 2019)  

ISBN-10: 159051971X

ISBN-13: 978-1590519714



Reviewed by Dr. Wesley Britton


It's been decades since I read Homer's The Iliad,  so my memory of it is extremely dim. I remember many of the stories, the abduction of Helen, the famous Greek warriors who besieged the city of Troy for 10 years, the use of poetic devices like the opening "Invocation to the Muse," the long descriptions of soldier's armor, etc.


Now, Swedish author Theodor Kallifatides has re-imagined the Iliad for modern readers and I suspect most non-scholars of Greek literature are going to prefer the new version. For one matter, all the poetic devices are stripped away and replaced by a much simpler prose narrative. For another, Kallifatides created a framework for his retelling that has a Greek schoolteacher recounting the story of The Iliad day-by-day to one of her classes during World War II when airstrikes repeatedly forced the class to run to nearby caves for protection.

The 1940s set part of the novel includes an ongoing love triangle as well as interactions between the German occupiers and local citizens. I'll confess, I was drawn into this story as much as the retelling of events in ancient Troy. It's a fresh approach even if the two storylines don't really parallel each other.


In regards to the old, old stories, I had forgotten just how bloody the war was. I was often surprised by the number of combatants. That many warriors, on both sides, dying in droves and droves? Seems historically doubtful, but I could be wrong.


I had also forgotten just how Achilles was a stubborn, selfish, and petulant figure. I didn't know his death by way of an arrow in his heel is not a story in the Iliad and thus not in The Siege of Troy either. The same is true of the Trojan Horse episode which wasn't told until Virgil's Aeneid. I didn't know that either until I did some homework to see why things in Homer's poem weren't in the Kallifatides reworking. Well, Kallifatides turns out to be a very faithful adapter of the ancient stories although he left many things out, mostly descriptions of the various armies and the quarrels between the gods which appear much less frequently in The Siege of Troy.

Author Theodor Kallifatides is actually Greek but immigrated to Sweden where his works are first published in Swedish. The Siege of Troy is his second work Translated by Marlaine Delargy, the first being the 2018 Another  Life. Sounds like a book I would like to explore as The Siege of Troy was one of my favorite readings of 2019. Hopefully, for you too.



This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Sept. 25, 2019:




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review 2019-01-01 07:05
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths - Ingri d'Aulaire,Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

I read bits and pieces of this book as a kid, but never read it all the way through. I think reading it either way works. Reading the book all the way through really helped me understand the different characters in the stories, particularly the minor gods and the heroes because chronologically you can see how they all fit together.

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