I had read Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek first, and it profoundly influenced me like it did every reader. Kazantzakis has a unique voice, and one wants to hear more of this voice. Christ Recrucified was there to help with its drums and hum hums.
Although I liked the book, I would like to point out at the very beginning; I did not love Christ Recrucified as much as I love Zorba the Greek. Maybe if I hadn’t read it just after Zorba, I would have thought differently. But don’t listen to me; Set in a tiny village, this book tells the story of many worlds.
You will be amazed by his characters, his criticisms and the village. And when you find yourself in the middle of the events, you’ll want to be a part of them. At the same time, you will be upset and irritated. You will be disgusted with the nature of the human while admiring how Kazantzakis writes the transformation of the seasons.
When you see how power changes people, will you be surprised? I don’t think you will. After all, the world is not much different from that tiny village. Anyways. Some say that Christ Recrucified is the author’s best book because it shows the real human nature. I will only say that it is true. It is a great book. Enjoy!
The inhabitants of a Greek village, ruled by the Turks, plan to enact the life of Christ in a mystery play but are overwhelmed by their task. A group of refugees, fleeing from the ruins of their plundered homes, arrive asking for protection – and suddenly the drama of the Passion becomes reality.
Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years. Kazantzakis’ novels included Zorba the Greek, Christ Recrucified, Captain Michalis, and The Last Temptation of Christ.
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