Zorba the Greek

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 20, 1996 - Fiction - 311 pages
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The classic novel, international sensation, and inspiration for the film starring Anthony Quinn explores the struggle between the aesthetic and the rational, the inner life and the life of the mind.

The classic novel Zorba the Greek is the story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn’t be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator’s greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living.

Zorba has been acclaimed as one of the most remarkable figures in literature; he is a character in the great tradition of Sinbad the Sailor, Falstaff, and Sancho Panza. He responds to all that life offers him with passion, whether he’s supervising laborers at a mine, confronting mad monks in a mountain monastery, embellishing the tales of his past adventures, or making love. Zorba the Greek explores the beauty and pain of existence, inviting readers to reevaluate the most important aspects of their lives and live to the fullest.
  

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Despite the somewhat out of date viewpoints about women...this is a fantastic book that, if you really think about it, is touching upon issues many philosophers also touch upon. Except that since this ... Read full review

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Zorba the Greek is one of the great characters in literature: larger than life, and living it on his terms, to the fullest, and with intensity in everything he does. In his simplistic way he is ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Crete in 1883 and studied at the University of Athens, where he received his Doctor of Law degree. Later he studied in Paris under the philosopher Henri Bergson, and he completed his studies in literature and art during four other years in Germany and Italy. In 1945, he was the Greek Minister of Education, and he was president of the Greek Society of Men of Letters. In addition, Kazantzakis was a dramatist, translator, poet, and travel writer. He was the author of The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, The Last Temptation of Christ, Saviours of God, and many other works. He died in Freiburg, Germany, in October 1957.

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