Finally Report to greco book two more sentences which sparked considerable time of reflection in me: The Cretan sage responded: The more, too, it is that his fictional account, in an odd and ironic sense, is more real than a non-fictionalized account of his life would be.
Rather, what moves Kazantzakis is the fanatical commitment of each man to his respective goal, not the goal itself. It is the odd number which conforms to the rhythm of my heart.
To the following even number, in order to halt for an instant, catch its breath, and work up fresh momentum. I skipped Buddha and resided in the less Zorba-like Marx rather than Lenin, and later on I took refuge in Zorba himself as a version of my superman figure.
The majority carry it on their shoulders until they die; there is no one to crucify them. Yet in the long-run it is Frederich Nietzsche who claims the primary role of mentor to Kazantzakis. Both Miller and Kazantzakis write from the gut and from the emotions.
But once one accepts this and reads the book as more an historical philosophical journey, the more valuable and believable the book is. Earth is not the center of the universe. Somehow Nietzsche seems to Report to greco book the string which binds the quintet together.
In fact, Henry Miller immediately came to mind as I began to read. The translation, by the way, is a good one as far as I can tell. I identified with the withdrawn, cautious, timid writer who had to be lured out of his shell by the robust, tempestuous Zorba. Nothing had changed but the names.
I kept reading because I wanted to find out if he would eventually describe his beginnings as a writer. Their lives are too comfortably arranged, they stand on their feet much too solidly and have not the slightest desire to change location. Men are descended from the monkey, not privileged creation.
Then questions arise, limits develop and a new thinker or movement appears to change temporarily his reality.
As I roamed her various republics and villages, I shuddered from sacred awe. Reading this book was a deeply personalized dialectic for me. Each man bears his cross; so does each people. The odd number does not like this world the way it finds it, but wishes to change it, add to it, push it further.
Never had I seen such struggle, such agony upon the cross, never so many hopes. In Berlin, he leaps from Buddha to Lenin.
At other points, he goes off into philosophical rants that are irrelevant and annoying.
This is the law [the dialectic]; only in this way can life renew itself and advance. It will judge, because human dignity, purity and valor fill even God with terror As I pore over this ancient diary now in my old age and see our quixotic campaigns of that time -- the ramshackle lance, worm-eaten shield, tin helmet, the mind filled with nobility and wind -- I am unable to smile.
But let us stop at human boundaries; only inside them can we work and do our duty. I especially like his account of asking an elder how he might seek a life of value and success.
He repeatedly denounces the hope and fear which he sees dominating the people of Earth and which drives them to the fanaticism which cripples them into looking for an ideal heaven or equally despicable, being saved from hell rather than embracing the world as it is.
The people approached the new world they desired to create with the passion of a Nietzschean superman. This conscience will be able to stand before the Lord as the Last Judgment and not be judged.
He is much less concerned to give us facts of the this and that of his everyday life than he is to give us a picture of his intellectual and moral growth, his vision of the meaning and meaninglessness of human existence.
Let us not advance beyond them to the brink, because the abyss yawns at the brink, and our blood might run cold. When I was a young man obsessed with becoming a writer, I read Zorba the Greek more than once. Two more lines that provided me some serious thinking time-outs were: When I took up the book, I supposed that Kazantzakis was like Zorba, full of life and zest and enthusiasm, but as I read I realized that he was actually like the writer who meets Zorba: Although all these had once been spirit urging him to ascend, they had turned to leaden matter in the course of time and had collapsed halfway along in the journey.
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