Zorba the Greek

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 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1996
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed
ISBN: 9780684825540
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wildman, Carl


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Jun 30, 2018

I really did not like this book. I felt like it dragged and it took me forever to read. I may have put it down had I not been reading it for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I just logged into Goodreads and resent all the reading people have done in the time that it took me to read this ONE book. I don't like the portrayal or women, I didn't like ZORBA the title character and frankly was misled by the cover of the version I had I thought it was going to be a light read about a zany guy and his sidekick. It did not turn out that way for me. It was not for me and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Nor can I relate to anyone who has loved this book. I'm sorry.

Jun 17, 2011

If there is one book that can change the way you view, well, nearly everything, it's Zorba the Greek. Zorba shows you a world as it really appears; he is an older man, but he views the world as a child, looking at everything as if it is for the first time.

Jul 23, 2010

standing ovation! excellent philosophical novel.

The novel portraits two contrasting approaches to life—the free-spirited vs. the introspective. The author of the book, Boss, is a stifled bookworm who has lost his ability to enjoy life because of his over-analysis of it. Zorba is a bold, experienced, confident, charming philanderer forged from the blood, sweat and tears of his many adventures.

“To live—Do you know what that means? To undo your belt and look for trouble!”

But, more than anything, it is the underlying theme of death, and Zorba’s constant awareness of it that is at the philosophical core of the novel. Zorba is determined to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment simply because he is alive - in a godless, meaningless universe. He works the mine wholeheartedly, seduces a former cabaret-singer, fights young village men.


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