Zorba the Greek is a novel written by the Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in The narrator, a young Greek intellectual, resolves to set aside his books for a few months after being stung by the parting words of a friend. Zorba the Greek Paperback – December 23, Nikos Kazantzakis (Author), Peter Bien (Translator) A stunning new translation of the classic book—and basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film—brings the clarity and beauty of Kazantzakis’s language and story alive. Editorial Reviews. Review. "A stimulating excursion into the sunnier areas of the human spirit. . Zorba lives on after the book is finished, shaming hesitant half steps, as he strides through the mind. Read more. 4 people found this helpful.

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    I'd heard of Zorba the Greek, in the way that the classics of modern literature totter into the subconscious even without being read or studied. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis - A stunning new translation of the classic book—and basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film—brings the clarity and. A review by Michelle from Book to the Future Reading Nikos Kazantzakis' classic Zorba the Greek for the first time was like stumbling upon a.

    The year is most likely The narrator, a young Greek intellectual, resolves to set aside his books for a few months after being stung by the parting words of a friend, Stavridakis, who has left for the Russian Caucasus to help some Pontic Greeks in that region often referred to as Caucasus Greeks who are being persecuted. He sets off for Crete to re-open a disused lignite mine and immerse himself in the world of peasants and working-class people. He is about to begin reading his copy of Dante 's Divine Comedy when he feels he is being watched; he turns around and sees a man of around sixty peering at him through the glass door. The man enters and immediately approaches him to ask for work. He claims expertise as a chef, a miner, and player of the santuri, or cimbalom , and introduces himself as Alexis Zorba, a Greek born in Romania. The narrator is fascinated by Zorba's lascivious opinions and expressive manner and decides to employ him as a foreman. On their way to Crete, they talk on a great number of subjects, and Zorba's soliloquies set the tone for a large part of the book. They are forced by circumstances to share a bathing-hut. The narrator spends Sunday roaming the island, the landscape of which reminds him of "good prose, carefully ordered, sober… powerful and restrained" and reads Dante. On returning to the hotel for dinner, the pair invite Madame Hortense to their table and get her to talk about her past as a courtesan. Zorba gives her the pet-name "Bouboulina" likely inspired by the Greek heroine while he takes the pet-name "Canavaro" after real-life Admiral Canevaro , a past lover claimed by Hortense.

    But what's the result? I watch your arms, feet, chest while you talk, and they all remain silent, say nothing, as though they're bloodless. So, you do understand, but with what? The head? Throughout, Zorba's insistence on trying to live life: There are several violent deaths and some natural ones, too , a decent amount of womanizing, and some sharp portraits of the locals, from the decadent monks of the nearby monastery to a variety of the villagers.

    There are also the business-ventures: Along the way, Zorba also recounts bits and pieces from his very colorful life.

    Larger-than-life Zorba can seem too good to be true, but -- despite the original Greek title of the novel being The Saint's Life of Alexis Zorba -- Kazantzakis' portrayal isn't simply adoringly simplistic. While much about Zorba seems exaggerated, Kazantzakis adeptly humanizes the portrait with a dose of self-doubt and the occasional uncertainty. Wisely, the book also only goes so far with Zorba, limiting the extent to which he can dominate the life of the narrator and reader , as the narrator and Zorba eventually part ways, the narrator understanding that he can not follow in Zorba's footsteps, and that he can't abandon his own bookish ways but rather must follow these through -- though perhaps pushing them and himself to Zorba-like limits.

    Zorba is, indeed, a very memorable character, and Zorba the Greek an entertaining, lively romp that also has considerable depth. Theory and practice, and life and art are tossed against each other, over and over, but Kazantzakis doesn't let his story bog down in the clash es.

    Admirable though Zorba is, he also represents an extreme -- as does, if generally slightly less obviously, the chronicler -- and if their examples are hard to follow, they nevertheless encourage and allow the reader to at least consider broader and different horizons. Orthofer , 15 March Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Zorba the Greek - US.

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    The man, Alexis Zorba has worked in a mine, as a cook among other things. The boss hires Zorba to be his cook and to work in his lignite mine in Crete. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis contrasts, the boss, who is bookish, with Zorba, who is unschooled and uncouth. The book is about the friendship of these two men who have contrasting personalities. The book is very philosophical and Zorba asks the tough questions such as why do people die, where do they come from, and is there a God, all questions that we have asked at some point during our lives.

    The boss needs to get a life. By the end of the book, the boss has a deep reverence for Zorba, which I think is misplaced.

    Guest Blogger: Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. A review by Michelle from Book to the Future

    In Zorba the Greek, the character, Zorba relates an incident where he beats up a former employer for no real reason. He cuts off a part of his index finger on his left hand because he believed it was getting in the way while making pottery.

    Zorba has these intense lows and highs and as a reader I think he is manic depressive — he is mentally challenged. Zorba the Greek Not very long ago, I gave myself permission to be able to not like a book, even if it is on a list of the greatest books of all time.

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    I had a hard time with the language used to describe women — brazen bitch, brood mare, slut, whore, hussy, wench, and that women have no brains. The book is a tribute to George Zorba. When the story starts, the boss, who is 35 years old, is going through an identity crisis.

    Stavridakis was on his way to Caucasus to help to liberate some people of Greek descent. The man, Alexis Zorba has worked in a mine, as a cook among other things. The boss hires Zorba to be his cook and to work in his lignite mine in Crete.

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