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Troy by Stephen Fry

Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold

Stephen Fry

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1 review

Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 29 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780241424582
3 stars out of 5
Henry Whorwood
22 Nov 2020

"This largely faithful retelling of Trojan myth is genial enough, but has unsavoury aspects for the modern reader"

Fry’s knowledge of the world – ancient and modern – bursts through at the seams; footnotes of varying relevance abound. His telling of the story itself, though, is pretty straight. Fry’s only inventions are attempts to smooth the impossible chronology of the story of Troy to focus on the drama. His project from the outset has been to make Greek myth less impenetrable, which he does admirably. But given the misogyny and racism that abounds in these stories, is there an appetite for a retelling which does so little to make the unsavoury more palatable?