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Troy

(Stephen Fry's Great Mythology #3)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,048 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 29th 2020 by Michael Joseph
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Book collector This is the siege of troy. It ends with the end of the siege. The odyssey isn't included here. Hopefully he'll do a fourth book to cover that.

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Helena of Eretz ✰
I don't even have the words to describe my excitement for this!!!

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Laura ☾
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
With Stephen Fry's usual wit and humour, this is a fantastic retelling of the Siege of Troy. I have to say that the audio version of this is spot on, and Fry remains one of my favourite narrators.

Eilidh
May 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book and its cover truly is a gift worthy of a thousand ships 🙌 ...more
Gearóid
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really fascinating!
Stephen Fry really knows this subject very well and makes it so interesting to read.
Will read the other books in the series.
Denise
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-2020
A great story in the hands of a great storyteller - it's really not like anything could go wrong here. Following up his first two books of tales from Greek mythology Mythos and Heroes, Stephen Fry turns his attention to the Trojan War, most famously told in Homer's Iliad. Frankly, I could listen to this man regale me with tales from ancient myths all day long - and this particular story, having enthralled readers and listeners for millenia, makes for fascinating entertainment anyway. I really ...more
Klaas Bottelier
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent retelling of the story of the Trojan War. This book tells the whole story, bringing together many stories and plays written in different ages by different writers on the subject of Troy, Fry brings them all together neatly.

A large part of the book is spent on the causes and preparation of the war, the creation of Troy and all myths surrounding it. Which heroes were present and why, and which God and Goddess supported which side. All very interesting and it prepares the reader well for
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R.J. Southworth
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Mythos and Heroes, I had expected the third volume of Stephen Fry's Greek mythology series to cover both the Trojan War and the Odyssey - but if it takes separate volumes to do these stories justice (assuming that a fourth one is coming in the future), so be it. This is another excellent re-telling of classical mythology which does its best to flesh out the characters and get into their heads, though some parts (e.g. the abduction of Helen) are skimmed over so quickly that they're a bit ...more
Tanya
Sep 18, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition


My other reviews of Stephen Fry's Great Mythology series:

01: Mythos ★★★★
02: Heroes ★★★
03: Troy
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Dan Graser
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This third entry from Stephen Fry in his "Great Mythology" series continues every aspect of those previous two works, Mythos and Heroes, in the retelling of the tragedy of Troy. All the while he is the witty and charming guide you would expect of such a national treasure and crafts much of the more humorous and off-the-cuff dialogue in the manner of a Fry and Laurie sketch. As opposed to the dry retellings of these myths with their incalculable numbers of names, relations, asides, and minutiae; ...more
Sue
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, troy
5 STARS! Stephen Fry is our modern day Homer! I was waiting for this book ever since I finished Heroes, the second book in the series. Troy is my favourite subject to read about since it is full of great myths, stories, heroes, villains, sorrow, pain, lust and love. I knew Stephen Fry would do a great job at retelling the greatest story of all times. And he did a brilliant job! This book goes back to the beginning of Troy and takes us on a journey from there to the end, the end of Troy, the end ...more
Geertje ~ acourtofpaperdreams
Well I love everything mythology and ancient Greece so this was an easy 5 stars!

Stephen Fry did it again with an amazing retelling. He made it easy to understand for readers with no prior knowledge, but also made it interesting for readers who do.
The way Fry writes it makes you think he was there for the whole time, it was so detailed.

The only downside for me are all the footnotes, sometimes they took up the entire page. If the footnote is that big, just put it in the actual story.
Joni Janice Mielke
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Audiobook Review*

In the case of Stephen Fry's series on Greek mythology/history it's a pleasure to listen to his rendering of the audiobooks, and this is no exception. Fry's style of telling a story with that wonderful voice of his is unlike any other. Listening to this, gleaning new information, and relearning parts of a story I thought I knew from watching the movie Troy, has been a true pleasure. It's evident that a lot of work went into this, even if it is less intensive than the volumes on
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Andrea
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
I mean. It's Stephen Fry, so really. Like I could give it less stars :D

And I know it's called "the SIEGE of Troy", but really, would an epilogue have been too much to hope for? The end just came much too soon for me. But that's mostly because this is the last book in the cycle, so. I'm not ready to say goodbye. I want more!
Jason Wilson
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third in Frys Greek myths sequence sees attention turn to the Trojan war. Its a good retelling . Fry begins by giving us valuable context - behind the major players there is a mesh of prophecy, blessings , curses and divine interaction and fate. When I studied Greek Tragedy , Clytemnestra was something of a feminist darling for her revenge on her husband but Fry shows us its not that simple.

I read the Iliad years ago and this whets my appetite to revisit it - the slight of Achilles, his
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Josh Hedgepeth
Sep 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Every time I see a new work of Greek mythology from Fry, the urge to buy and binge all of them grows even stronger.
Bill
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My first exposure to Greek mythology happened when I was about seven-years-old. I grabbed a book about the subject from the kids section of the library and I was hooked! I probably read that book two or three times. In fact, before my mom slapped me into Catholic school at the age of 10, Id say that I read more about the Greek gods than I did about the Christian god. And thank the Greek gods for that, because, in comparison, the bible is borrr-ing! It was my first literary mythological ...more
Whisper19
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think these three books by Stephen Fry are the best prep for my reading plan next year - The Iliad the Odyssey and the Aeneid.
And again - do the audiobook version - Stephen as the narrator is a gift from the gods
Laura
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Glorious retelling of the events before and during the Seige of Troy. Fry takes tangent after tangent but somehow you end up right in the middle of the (very convoluted) action and glories in the various, complex, and frankly ridiculous, people and events that led to Troy. Greatly enjoyable and fitting addition to his 'Great Mythologies' series.
Nick
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a newbie to Greek mythology, I found this to be an absolutely fantastic continuation of what Fry explored/set-up in both Mythos and Heroes. He writes with wit, joy and complete reverence to the story of the fateful kidnapping of Helen of Sparta, and the absolute bloodbath that ensued.

Fry taps into elemental storytelling here - and we're all the better for it.
Andrea Swinsco
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad Stephen Fry chose to retell this story. I've read and listened to several 'true' translations of the story of Troy and quite frankly I just wanted to take the main characters and bang their heads together! But this interpretation not only adds depth and humanity to the characters but also includes enough of the backstory to explain the reasons for the siege.
This book only covers the Siege of Troy itself (and it's backstory). Hopefully he's now working on a retelling of the Odyssey. I
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Roland Pep M
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good book, although maybe not as thrilling and with less humour as the previous 2 books.

- The beginning is quite complex as Stephen try to bring the dynasties together.
- The second part: the gathering of Kings, commanders and soldiers, the Plot and Setting the scene is excellent.
- The third part, after death of Hector, loose its creative humoristic narrative. Even the death of Achilles lack some punch! (is he really the most famous fighter here?). I found the end of the book, less interesting.
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Lucie
Oct 19, 2020 added it
Not my favourite retelling of Troy...
Vinod
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What, yet another blockbuster of a book from Stephen Fry, you say? Color me shocked!

I am coming to a rather suspicious conclusion that Stephen is slowly metamorphosing into a certain Herodotus incarnate of our times. The poetic beauty in his writing and narrating of these mythical classics of antiquity are remarkable and awe-inspiring.

TROY comes as a third installment in his cannon (preceded by Heroes & Mythos) . Any student of classical history, historical fiction readers or fans of 2004s
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Emanuele Pezzani
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
(I copy and paste my review for Audible, so this is for the Audiobook version)
*SPOILER ALERT*
Unlike in "Mythos" and "Heroes", telling the story of the Trojan War involves presenting a host of characters that eventually end up being in the same place and in the same time. I'll have to listen again to the first part to see how effectively Fry weaves the storylines of Paris, Achilles, Helen, and the city of Troy itself; my first impression is that he (perhaps inevitably) succumbs to the
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Katy Noyes
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and still insightful complete picture of the Trojan War.

4.5 stars.
I didn't read Fry's previous two mythological tomes, but can imagine from this one the tone of authority and cosiness that he manages to skirt. He knows his stuff, Monsieur Fry, but he also knows his audience.

I loved hearing Stephen read this from Audible. He's got one of those voices, very easy on the ear, jovial but clear and oh so British, there's a sense of humour and fun but also a towering intellect that he
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Hayley
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that Stephen Fry is a masterful storyteller. His audiobooks are always a joy to listen to. In all honesty though I was a little bit let down with this one. The narration was excellent but the wit from Stephen Frys previous Greek novels Mythos and Heroes was missing. Likewise the story did not have me gripped and eager to read or listen to more. Perhaps this is my fault as I now have a stronger understanding of Greek mythology and therefore there were no real surprises? ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After nearly ten years of besieging the city of Troy, the Greek Army is in disarray after a very public row between Agamemnon and Achilles which splits the Army as Achilles withdraws his troops. However, a compromise is reached when Patroclus offers to lead the Myrmidons in Achilles' stead.

Fry's 'Troy' is rich and expressive, hitting all the major beats in the lead up to (and aftermath of) Homer's 'Iliad'. The appendices are thorough and well balanced.
Colin Thomson
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favourite story. My favourite heroes. And frankly, in Stephen Fry, my favourite storyteller.
A loving, detailed and warmly told account of Troy, the Achaeans, and the great war between them.
Fry strikes a perfect balance between exposition, fun tangents, and simply telling the tale we all want to hear.
Loved every moment of it!
Jenna
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Troy by Stephen Fry deserves more than the measley five stars I can award it. Bringing history and mythology to life in his usual captivating and witty manner, Stephen retells the events leading up to the epic war between the Greeks and the Trojans as well as the main event itself. This is history as it is meant to be told. Another highly recommended read from Stephen Fry.
Suzanne
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars.
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Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile. As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI. In addition to writing ...more

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