Zorba the Greek

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

This modern classic is lit by the flame of its larger-than-life hero. Zorba's adventures have an unquenchable gusto and Falstaffian flair.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684825540
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/20/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 169,239
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Crete in 1883. He studied literature and art in Germany and Italy, philosophy under Henri Bergson in Paris and received his law degree from the University of Athens. The Greek Minster of Education in 1945, Kazantzakis was also a dramatist, translator, poet, and travel writer. Among his most famous works are, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Saviors of God. He died in October 1957.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

    I loved the author's writing style. However, although I admired Zorba's 'free' lifestyle and attitude, I thought he was a scroungy, gross, lazy pervert. Won't recommend this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    A bookclub selection

    The hostess for our bookclub made this our month's selection.

    I truly looked forward to reading this selection. But I found it a little too slow for me. Although parts of the book were quite entertaining and had some laugh outloud moments...I still found myself skipping large sections of the book because I felt bored. Unfortunately, I did not finish this book.

    This is just not my type of book but I appreciate a bookclub whose members read a large variety ....fiction, literature, biography, history, romance, mystery,etc. This book is not something I would pick up on my own but I appreciate the opportunity to give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Loved it.

    Wonderful book. I saw the movie years ago but barely remembered it. I enjoyed it immensley. This book has been analysed many times. I'll just say this, if you've never read it, you should. Zorba is one of the greatest characters in all literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    THIS PLACE GETS NUKED

    BOOOMMM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Saariam

    Res 25

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Perspective from a Greek-American High School Student

    When I read this book two years in seventh grade, I did not anticipate the impact in which this novel would have on my understanding and appreciation of philosophy. Kazantzakis was a masterful author, and his thinking was revolutionary for the twentieth century. This is one of the greatest introspects into the philosophy, and is a brilliant work of journey on the part of the author. Kazantzakis, sadly, is and underappreciated author in world literature, but he left a tremendous mark with this book. It is completely original, an escape from the conventional and a trip to a world unimagined by most. As a Greek-American, it also broadened my understanding of the island of Crete, where my own grandfather was born and raised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    One of the most underrated classics ever written!

    'Zorba the Greek' is simply a great novel. Kazantzakis is brilliant in his dialogue, story-telling, and word pictures. I have read Zorba over and over again, particularly when I want to feel the vibrant life of Greek culture. Many find themselves in opposition to Kazantzakis' philosophies, but this book should be savored for its pure celebration of life, brilliantly embodied in Zorba and his intellectual boss and friend, a young British Greek. Sexist, yes. Anti-religious, yes. But a great read, nonetheless!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Zorba should be your role model

    I read the book 3 times, in the original language, and a Bulgarian and English translation over a span of 10 years... It makes me laugh and cry over the same lines still... If you have any love for humanity, you MUST read this book or your spiritual life is not going to be complete... Inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    freakin' amazing

    i found this in a used bookshop and thought to myself 'hey, i have three dollars and i've heard this title somewhere before, and nothing else here has grabbed me...why not?' i'm amazingly glad i purchased it. i...i can't endorse it highly enough. books don't get any better than this. interesting and dynamic characters, compelling storyline, and some of the most incredibly beautiful writing i've ever had the privilege to read...this book has it all. the end is amazing...but then again, so is the beginning...and all the stuff in between is really great too...dude, the whole thing's awesome. read this book. now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    Life-changing

    Not much to be said, this is among the top-five best books in the last three centuries. Kazantzakis is one of the few men that truely experienced life- life as the highest gift and power. And Zorba screams it out. A life-changing experience, every person interested in understanding why we are alive should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    Bad Book

    I just got done reading this book for my Eng. class and I must say, it is one of the worst books that I have read in a long time. Although it gave Zorba's philosphy on life in various ways, I do not think that it is at all a very interesting book to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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