Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.


Or, The Gods in the Island, an Ironic Fantasy

Cover image for


Author: Edmund Gosse
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,519 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 979
Added to site: 2009.03.08 23630
Genre: Drama

The scene of this fantasy is an island, hitherto inhabited by Lutherans, in a remote but temperate province of Northern Europe. The persons are the Gods of Ancient Greece. The time is early in the Twentieth Century.

Show Excerpt

her in a moment. [Exit.]


We hear that you have already invented a means of amusing Zeus, Hermes? Is he prepared to forget his thunderbolt?


He has mentioned it only twice this morning, and I have set Hephæstus to work to make him another, of yew-tree wood. It will be less incommodious, more fitted to this place, and in a very short time Zeus will forget the original.

KRONOS [loudly, to himself].

Zeus gave me an orb and sceptre to console me. I used to play cup and ball with them behind his throne.

RHEA [in a solicitous aside to HERMES].

Oh! it is not true. Kronos' mind now wanders so strangely. He thinks that it is Zeus who has turned him out of Olympus.

HERMES [in the same tone].

Do not distress him, Rhea, by contradiction and explanation. I will find modes of amusing him a little every day, and, for the rest, let him doze in the sunshine. His mind is worn so smooth that it fails any



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Brian Blose
Brian Blose is a software developer and army veteran who enjoys reading and writing fiction that contains flawed heroes, unreliable narrators and moral dilemmas. His book, The Participants, is no exception and had readers glued to the story until the very last page. As our author of the day, Blose chats about the Heinsenberg uncertainty principle, how TV shows from the 90s inspired this book and gives us some behind-the-scenes insights in the creation of The Participants.
Read full interview...