Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek

by Nikos Kazantzakis

First published in 1946, Zorba the Greek, is, on one hand, the story of a Greek working man named Zorba, a passionate lover of life, the unnamed narrator who he accompanies to Crete to work in a lignite mine, and the men and women of the town where they settle. On the other hand it is the story of the struggle of men to find their souls and purpose in life.

This is one of my favorite books and I truly enjoyed every page of it. Even as the book was coming to an end, I found myself sad at the idea that this world I had been engulfed in for the last two weeks was about to end.

You'll learn very quickly that Zorba the Greek is full of philosophy. The story it self is fantastic, but the life lessons hidden inside every chapter are priceless.

BK Takeaways

  • “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”

  • “This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”

  • “You can knock on a deaf man's door forever.”

  • “I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been.”

  • “Look, one day I had gone to a little village. An old grandfather of ninety was busy planting an almond tree. ‘What, grandfather!’ I exclaimed. ‘Planting an almond tree?’ And he, bent as he was, turned around and said: ‘My son, I carry on as if I should never die.’ I replied: ‘And I carry on as if I was going to die any minute.’

Which of us was right?”

  • “You have everything but one thing: madness. A man needs a little madness or else - he never dares cut the rope and be free.”

Life is meant to be lived. Live it!

Today is going to be a good day, I have a feeling...


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