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drinkyourmilk Thu 12-Nov-15 15:23:04

Can anyone please recommend a book either about or based on Greek mythology please? Fiction or none - fiction , either is fine.

CheersMedea Thu 12-Nov-15 15:39:00

Depends what you want it for and who the audience is.

For an adult, you can't go far wrong with Robert Graves classic work on the greek myths.

For a child, this is a nice book:

Salmiak Thu 12-Nov-15 16:03:36

I really loved gods behaving badly. Its fiction. Definitely for adults though, not children.

magimedi Thu 12-Nov-15 16:27:40

The Song of Achilles .

One of the best written books I've ever read.

But only 1 legend/myth - not the lot.

hackmum Thu 12-Nov-15 20:15:25

I'd second the Song of Achilles.

I've also read a couple of kids' books on the Greek myths, can't remember what they're called, though. I have the Robert Graves book but haven't read it!

I ploughed through the Iliad a couple of years ago, which is OK if you've got the time (not a ringing endorsement, I know).

tripfiction Thu 12-Nov-15 20:15:55

Books by Mary Renault?

hopelesslydevotedtoGu Thu 12-Nov-15 20:28:16

I've just borrowed the Infinities by John Banville from the library, it is a fictional story I think with Greek gods watching events on modern day earth, but I haven't started it yet.

Sadik Thu 12-Nov-15 20:48:25

I thought the Song of Achilles was OK, but not a patch on Mary Renault's novels. My two favourites are The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea.

carlajean Thu 12-Nov-15 23:06:31

Totally agree with Sadik

Footle Thu 12-Nov-15 23:19:00

Myths are mostly a bit fictional.

CoteDAzur Fri 13-Nov-15 00:13:44

Ilium by Dan Simmons

Fractiousfractions Fri 13-Nov-15 00:15:25

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drinkyourmilk Sat 14-Nov-15 18:14:01

Thanks everyone. It's for my dh who doesn't read, but loves Greek mythology, so I'm trying to encourage him.

FishWithABicycle Sat 14-Nov-15 18:23:03

Mary Renault's The Bull From The Sea and The King Must Die are wonderful re-imaginings of the story of Theseus.

Loraline Sat 14-Nov-15 18:26:30

Agree about the Mary Renault books. SO SO good on the Theseus myth. Also enjoyed Song of Achilles but not as much

Cooroo Sun 15-Nov-15 21:40:29

Try an amazing Audiobook called Metamorphoses by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden. Beautiful retelling of Ovid. And definitely Mary Renault.

cdtaylornats Mon 16-Nov-15 22:47:30

Just noticed the above list

CheersMedea Tue 17-Nov-15 15:49:04

This is a lovely book. It's about the Minotaur - who end up as a line chef in modern southern USA. Highly recommend. Very unusual and moving.

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