THE MEMOIRS OF ZEUS by Maurice Druon


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The king of Gods and god of men is awakened by ""certain disturbances among the clouds"" and writes his memoirs in this variant version of Greek mythology which, like his compatriot Giraudoux's Amphitryon 98, is full of human inconsistencies and ironic implications for the modern world. Here is the whole story of that other creation and book of genesis, from the time when his grandfather Uranus peopled the earth with all the species; of his son Cronus who devoured many of his children, but not Zeus who grew up to survive the long years of struggle and his overthrow; and of all the gods and goddesses, the submersion of Atlantis, the fates, the Hesperides (""customs officers of the future""), Aphrodite, Hecate, Demeter, Persephone, etc. etc. ending with Zeus' divine nuptials with Hera... Mr. Druon, a writer of considerable flair and finesse, invests those legendary annals with worldly asides, philosophical annotations, and occasional aphorisms (i.e., ""Liberty has never died from being imprisoned."") and they are to be read for the discretion of their humor and wisdom. They have enjoyed a tremendous vogue in France and while the success here may be less immediate, a cumulative audience is anticipated.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1964
Publisher: Scribners