Biography[ edit ] Kazantzakis in When Kazantzakis was born in in Kandiye , now Heraklion, Crete had not yet joined the modern Greek state which had been established in , and was still under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Then he went to the Sorbonne in to study philosophy. There he fell under the influence of Henri Bergson. In he met Angelos Sikelianos. Together they travelled for two years in places where Greek Orthodox Christian culture flourished, largely influenced by the enthusiastic nationalism of Sikelianos. Kazantzakis married Galatea Alexiou in ; they divorced in
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View all 42 comments Andres Nic wrote: "I got to page I suggest readers try Travels with Epicurus Im glad I did as it is a pretty good read. Ill structure the review in terms of themes. A wealthy young man thirtyish , whom Zorba calls boss, hires Zorba to run his coal mine and tree harvesting business on the Greek island of Crete. Zorba not only runs the entire business and the hiring and supervision but even the financing as well as doing physical labor.
I looked at Zorba in the light of the moon and admired the jauntiness and I finally read this after it was in my TBR pile for many years. I had never seen such a friendly accord between a man and the universe. Zorba sees everything every day as if for the first time. He has a wife and children somewhere. As a former soldier, he has killed Turks in Greece and Bulgars in the Balkans. Now that he is over 60 his specialty is widows.
Anywhere he travels he will find a widow who will take him in. He is the epitome of a man with a lust for life -wine, women, song, dance, hard work. The younger man simply reads all day. He and Zorba drink lots of wine and they have a bonfire on the beach almost every night roasting chickens, suckling pigs and chestnuts. They eat figs, fruits, onions, honeyed olives. Of course Buddhism, the losing of yourself, is the exact opposite world view of Zorba who has such lust for life.
Wherever he sets his foot, water no longer flows, no grass can grow, no child be born. Women are ignorant and a product of the devil. At the start we learn of the lifelong bond the young man has with a good male friend who is in Africa. They swear love to each other and have an agreement that they will call out telepathically to each other when one dies.
The young man does have a one-night stand with a beautiful widow.
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