Nessuno è capace di passione, rabbia, inganno e seduzione con tanta audacia e fantasia come le divinità dell’antica Grecia. Le loro affascinanti vicende, tramandate attraverso i millenni, sono entrate a far parte della cultura del mondo occidentale, e hanno ispirato moltissimi scrittori e artisti di tutte le epoche, da Shakespeare a Michelangelo, da James Joyce a Walt Disney. In queste pagine le storie degli dei, dalla nascita dell’Universo alla creazione del genere umano, rivivono in un racconto vivace e coinvolgente, intessuto della grandezza e della miseria divine che si rispecchiano nelle nostre. Tra nascite e morti, amori e ingiustizie, trionfi e tragedie, come in un film, assisteremo alla nascita di Atena dalla testa di Zeus, alla ricerca della figlia di Demetra nell’oscuro regno di Ade, al terribile destino di Prometeo dopo il tradimento ai danni di Zeus, all’attimo in cui Pandora prende la decisione di aprire il suo vaso…
Un racconto nuovo di storie antiche che pensavamo di conoscere, riscritte per la nostra epoca tragica, comica e fatale da Stephen Fry, un’icona vivente, definito come ‘un moderno Oscar Wilde’ per il suo tagliente umorismo e ‘un uomo rinascimentale’ per la sua incredibile poliedricità. Un libro intelligente, ma soprattutto divertente, che coglie tutta la ricchezza e la profondità dei miti e li trasforma, con sguardo lucido e ironico, in abili narratori del nostro presente e della nostra umanità.
- ISBN: 8893819368
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 480
I don't know about any of you, but this one's a winner. Far from feeling like another dry recounting of a number of our favorite Greek myths, Fry's down-to-earth humor and traditional (modern) storytelling have turned these gods into something most relatable. I've read Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch's Leggi tutto
The funny thing about Greek mythology is its absolute brutal weirdness. And Stephen Fry totally gets it; he plays on it and as he re-tells it he injects it with so many witty comments. I mean, how could you not? It's waiting to be roasted. For example, Zeus rips his father Cronos' balls off and thro Leggi tutto
This is good enough to eat! Loooooooooooooooooooove it! Gosh!!! I'll try to savour it for as long as possible! Q: What misery can be so great that it causes you to go about half drowning honest ants? (c) Q: ‘You should ask yourself what brought you here,’ said Pan. ‘If it’s love, then you must pray to A Leggi tutto
I first heard of Stephen Fry many years ago, have since watched him debate with the Church and wander through dense jungles trying to find nearly extinct animals, listened to him bring one of my favourite magical worlds to life, and learned a great deal from him on what must be one of the best quiz
4**** So lucky to have found this book in the local library. Stephen Fry does a brilliant job of recounting the Greek myths- through describing the tales of gods, goddesses and creatures alike. This was a very informational read and I was able to build my knowledge on Greek myths and uncover more tal Leggi tutto
The most fun and entertaining book I've read in a very long time. Loved it.
I'm happy to say that Fry's comforting, relaxed, and vibrant voice echoes through the entire book, even for those chapters reserved for humans, mainly. I know the author is very intelligent, and has never been accused of being a narcissist. Name dropping aside, I thought the book was far from committ Leggi tutto
Where did it all start?Stephen Fry, in his delightful voice, tells of the beginning of the world and the birth of all the Greek gods and goddesses. The original gods were the sky the sea, the ocean, the earth and many more natural spirits. Much later came the most familiar gods, who were Zeus, Athena, Leggi tutto
It is regrettable that Stephen Fry's talent to be effortlessly snobbish in a very appealing, charmingly British way, does absolutely no good to the subject of his book. The main problem with this book is that Fry's retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece is exactly what the title promises – it is t Leggi tutto
This was the perfect book to read over a very sunny and hot Bank Holiday. Covering the dawn of the Gods, through the golden and silver ages, this discusses a wide range of stories told in the usual Fry wit. It’s incredibly informative and well planned out, told in a more structured chronological ord Leggi tutto
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