I think Zorba the Greek is a book that everyone can read with enthusiasm, without exception. The unique atmosphere of the Aegean, the colourful characters, and the events that take place will enchant you in moments.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Zorba. He will make you think a lot about how you live your life, what kind of person you are. It will cause you to question many things over and over again. You will look at friendship, love, money, food, work and everything you can think of from a different perspective.
The narration in Zorba the Greek is exceptional; it flows so smoothly. It handles human nature very well, like a poem or even a painting. If you have not read until this time like me; if you are curious about the interaction between heart and brain, spirituality and religion, heaven and earth, you should definitely read Zorba the Greek. Even if you are not interested in these, you should read this exquisite work for the love of literature. There will be at least a sentence that will touch your heart.
Let me give a little information as well, without forgetting; Nikos Kazancakis lost the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957 with a vote against Albert Camus. However, Albert Camus said that Nikos Kazancakis deserved the prize hundreds of times more than himself. After reading Zorba, I’m sure you will side with Camus on this. Enjoy!
Zorba the Greek
Set before the start of the First World War, this moving fable sees a young English writer set out to Crete to claim a small inheritance. But when he arrives, he meets Alexis Zorba, a middle-aged Greek man with a zest for life. Zorba has had a family and many lovers, has fought in the Balkan wars, has lived and loved – he is a simple but deep man who lives every moment fully and without shame. As their friendship develops, the Englishman is gradually won over, transformed and inspired along with the reader.
Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis’ most popular and enduring novel, has its origins in the author’s own experiences in the Peleponnesus in the 1920s. His swashbuckling hero has legions of fans across the world and his adventures are as exhilarating now as they were on first publication in the 1950s.
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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