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Zorba the Greek. Nikos Kazantzakis
Zorba the Greek. Nikos Kazantzakis | Nikos Kazantzakis
'Zorba the Greek' is Nikos Kazantzakis's classic tale of Zorba, a free thinker who lives life to the full. The character of Zorba is based on a real-life acquaintance of the author, George Zorbas, with whom Kazantkakis ran a lignite mine.
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Libby1
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It‘s my last day in Greece so time to start my new book!

Isn‘t the cover delightful?

RachelO Enjoy your day! 2mo
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JPeterson
Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis
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Litsy, it‘s been awhile. Two weeks in Greece was simply phenomenal. While I barely got any reading done, we did stop in this amazing book store in Oia. I picked up Zobra the Greek, even though the reviews are dicey, it just seemed the like the right choice (plus, I didn‘t have room for another edition of The Odyssey 😂).

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds heavenly! 🇬🇷 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😍 🇬🇷 3mo
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BarbaraBB
Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman
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Bailedbailed

I started this for #readaroundtheworld. An unnamed narrator leaves for the island of Crete to exploit a mine. He brings Zorba to manage the work in the mine. Zorba turns out to be the man he always wanted to be: he does all he does with passion, whether he is #BusyEarning money, drinking, eating or ‘making women his‘. After a 100 pages I think I have enough though, I get the point and am not enjoying it at all. On to the next. #Aprella #1001books

JenP That‘s too bad 1y
ephemeralwaltz Well done - if you feel like bailing just bail. 1y
Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure this was a play at one time .... 1y
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emilyhaldi Too many books to read a bad one 😏 1y
Simona You deserve a big 👏👏👏 just for starting this one! 1y
Mdargusch Haha! You “get the point” 😂. It‘s time to move on! 1y
BarbaraBB @ephemeralwaltz I always feel bad about it but I should, shouldn‘t I?! 1y
Reviewsbylola Bummer! At least you knew when to pull the plug. 1y
Currey I always feel bad too but it is easier to motivate others....Move On, Move On 1y
BarbaraBB @Currey So many other books calling for my attention 😀 1y
ValerieAndBooks I bailed on this one as well! But still counted it towards my #1001Books goal 🤫 1y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Of course, me too 😉! I am glad you bailed too! 1y
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Liz_M
Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman
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A month later, I finally finish another book for my #bingo card: Starts with the letter Z
#lrc2017

tpixie Awesome! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis
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Bailedbailed

That dude in the middle isn't dancing, he's running away from what should be called Zorba the Misogynist. This would have been a better book if Zorba had been otherwise; also if it was more plot and fewer long conversations between him and the book's narrator. Maybe in the movie version, Anthony Quinn makes him more likable? (Glad both copies were at used prices!)

shawnmooney I got bored and bailed on this long before reading anything that showed his misogyny. What an awful book! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @shawnmooney agree! I felt that the attitudes were just too dated (yes I know there's still people like that today but you know what I mean). I do definitely plan on watching the movie though, I think amazon prime has it available for streaming. (edited) 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Hmm, so far it seems that Zorba may be a bit of a lecher 🤔. Reading the Bien translation of Zorba the Greek for #LitsyAtoZ (author last name K, though it also works for a Z title). Occasionally I refer to the used copy I have of the earlier translation, just for the heck of it.

saresmoore Interesting! 2y
Leniverse Oscillating backside vs. Rolling buttocks! Personally I'd go with oscillating buttocks. 😂 2y
CouronneDhiver Ooo, an oscillating backside... 😂 #ThesaurusGoneWrong 2y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore @Leniverse @CouronneDhiver "oscillating backside" definitely had me looking at the older (Wildman) translation to compare ?! But overall the newer (Bien) seems better. 2y
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Marchpane
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Mehso-so

This had some interesting parts but I feel like Zorba's hedonistic life philosophy would have been more of a novelty back in the day when this was published. The plot just didn't grab me but I can see why some people love it.

This was my #StartsWithZ book for #litsyreadingchallenge and my 1946 book for #192019challenge.

shawnmooney I couldn't get into it at all - found Zorba to be completely annoying and the writing—translation?—uninspiring. 2y
Marchpane @shawnmooney maybe it's better in Greek? I read the new translation for whatever it's worth. 2y
shawnmooney Yeah I read (10% of) the new translation too. 2y
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iarina
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Can't wait to read all these books 😊📖📕

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ValerieAndBooks
Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis
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I have a few #samebookdifferentcover books. Still TBR are Doctor Zhivago and Zorba the Greek; when I get to those I'll probably read the newer translations (in the bottom row). I don't like reading from mass markets any more but have hung onto the older Burr and Cat's Cradle anyway. I found the hardback Tortilla Curtain later and thought it was cool-looking but it doesn't really go with my other TC Boyle books which are mostly Penguin PBs.

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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

What can I say? It was all Greek to me. Bailed 10% in. The story wasn't at all interesting and I hated the prose.

Suet624 😂😂😂 3y
LeahBergen I liked it! Mind you, it was a book club pick so I had to keep plowing through it. 😀 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Ha - you're more community minded than me: I bailed on the book I was supposed to read for my tiny little book club in December; one of the other two members was so upset that I bailed that the book club is no more... lol 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney So ... you're the book club equivalent of a "home wrecker"? ? 3y
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jdtchicago
Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis

Two equally steep and bold paths may lead to the same peak.

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ValerieAndBooks
Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman
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#booknerdproblems is when you look through a copy of a book you bought used and realize that nearly every page has already been underlined 😑. Now you have to decide whether to keep it or find a better copy

vivastory @ValerieAndBooks Ditch and get the new version translated by Peter Bien. It's supposed to be the best one yet. 3y
OrangeMooseReads Ditch it and get a new one/different one 3y
ValerieAndBooks Aww man @vivastory there's another/newer translation?! Now that brings up another #booknerdproblems-- wanting to compare different translations (even w/o knowing the original language) 😨! @OrangeMooseReads I probably will but also see above. I don't mind a few highlights/underlines here or there but in the entire book is just crazy. 3y
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8little_paws Oohh yeah that would drive me batty. 3y
OrangeMooseReads A few or a bit of highlighting and marks are ok, but that is just ridiculous 3y
LeahBergen Gah!!! Ditch it. That would drive me crazy. 3y
RealLifeReading Ugh. I can't even stand it when it's just a bit of underlining. 3y
Cinfhen Wait, that actually is a real problem! It would drive me nuts!!! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @8little_paws @OrangeMooseReads @LeahBergen @RealLifeReading @cinfhen I know right?! I have no idea how I missed this. I'm pretty picky about the condition of used books. Oh well! 3y
Zelma Heck no. I don't care if people write in their books, but I certainly don't want to see it in mine. I find it distracting. Plus, that is an excessive amount of underlining! 🙄 3y
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jdtchicago

Luck is blind, they say. It can‘t see where it‘s going and keeps running into people…and the people it knocks into we call lucky! Well, to hell with luck if it's like that, I say!

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jdtchicago
Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman

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.

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A good book & a long afternoon on a peaceful beach, the scent of dried thyme in the breeze... Just as happy as can be 😌🐬

Kirstin That looks so nice! Pretty chilly where I am this morning! 3y
CoffeeAndABook @Kirstin Thx 😊 Yeah, I'm staving off autumn just a little longer... But once I return home from this trip it'll be knit wear & hot cocoa all around 😉 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have this book in my actual TBR and really want to get to it so that I can then watch the movie with Anthony Quinn 😉. Looks like such a nice location you're at 🌊 3y
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CoffeeAndABook @ValerieAndBooks Yes! It's worth reading the book & then watching the great movie 😊 I'm on the isle of Crete so the book is really a smack on perfect read 🐚 3y
UwannaPublishme Beach reading is the best! 👍🏻🏖 3y
CoffeeAndABook @UwannaPublishme Oh and it is!!! I just wish I lived closer to the coast... Any coast.... 😌 At least I live next to a big river - there's something about large bodies of water, they have a calming, strengthening effect, don't you think? 3y
UwannaPublishme Oh yes! You live in such a beautiful area. I'm about 10 minutes from the beach in California and I'm there a couple times a week. Great location for reading and sanity. 😊👌🏻 3y
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SealedWithInk
Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis
Mehso-so

I didn't really know what to expect from this to be honest. I also found the title character, Zorba, an odd character indeed.

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SealedWithInk
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So this read is pretty much inspired by my boyfriend due to him sharing the name and the ethnicity 😛

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