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.
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.
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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