Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Blurb from Goodreads
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.
Why I Want To Read It
It is the first Monday of the eleventh month of the year. It only means that 2020 is slowly drawing to a close. But before it finally closes, I hope everyone gets rewarded for the hard work they’ve poured into their crafts. I hope that everyone’s prayers get answered, that they get what their hearts yearn for.
As it the first day of the week, it also means that it is time for another Goodreads Monday update. For this Goodreads Monday update, I am featuring Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis of The Last Temptation of Christ fame. However, I am not featuring The Last Temptation of Christ, rather, I am dedicating this post to Kazantzakis’ other popular work, Zorba the Greek.
Zorba the Greek is a book that I kept encountering in many a must-read lists but I never got the chance to purchase a copy of the book until recently when an online bookseller sold a copy of the book. Even though I had no iota on what the book was about, I typed “Mine.” Well, the only thing I knew about the book is about it is about the titular Zorba (obviously). I actually thought that it was a nonfiction book so I was reluctant to buy a copy of the book at first.
Zorba, it seems, is one of the foremost figures in literature, a name that is nearly synonymous to Don Quixote. The blurb from Goodreads says that the book is about the “importance of living life to the fullest”. This certainly caught my attention and is one of the reasons why I am looking forward to the book. The book does sound a very positive and humorous one, although I can feel that there are some darker shades to it.
How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!