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Plot. A kind of spiritual biography or, as Kazantzakis himself terms it, a “report” in the military sense of the word, regarding his goals and endeavours. The author. REPORT TO GRECO. Nikos Kazantzakis New York: Simon and Schuster, Translated from the Greek by P.A. Bien pages. Comments by Bob Corbett. Kazantzakis’s autobiographical novel Report to Greco was one of the last things he wrote before he died. It paints a vivid picture of his childhood in Crete, still.

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When I was a young man obsessed with becoming a writer, I read Zorba the Greek more than once. It was a germinal book for me. I identified with the withdrawn, cautious, timid writer who had to be lured out of his shell by the robust, tempestuous Zorba. I wanted to step out and live life so I could write about it, but it took a lot of effort to get me started. Maybe it was because I was already so fed up with the church at that point. In other words, kind of but not really. In fact, Henry Miller immediately came to mind as I began to read.

Both Miller and Kazantzakis write from the gut and from the emotions. Both use extremely flamboyant and flowery language. Both are blunt in their honesty, and both suddenly go off on intellectual tangents, describing dreams, visions, and other emotional intricacies without warning.

Miller reacts to poverty and hard times with joy, dancing, and sexual liberality. Kazantzakis reacts with angst, despair, and celibacy.

His main concern is his spiritual odyssey, though, not the countries he is visiting. He goes on and on, page after page, describing his feelings and sensations upon abandoning Christ and taking up Kazantzaois.

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To be honest, this got extremely boring after awhile. I kept reading because I wanted to find out if he would eventually describe his beginnings as a writer. And he does, sort of, at the very end of the book when he recounts meeting the character who inspired Zorba. In Vienna, he leaps from Nietzsche to Buddha.


In Berlin, he leaps from Buddha to Lenin. In the end, after numerous yreco, he returns to Crete, holes up alone in a cottage by the sea, and writes. At one point, Kazantzakis is telling anecdotes of his encounters with common people that are so touching they move me to tears.

At other points, he goes off into philosophical rants that are irrelevant and annoying.

When I took up the book, I supposed that Kazantzakis was like Zorba, full of life and zest and kazantzaiis, but as I read I realized that he was actually like the writer who meets Zorba: He writes a lot about fear, especially when he describes himself as a youth, but also on into adulthood. The translation, by the way, is a good one as far as I can tell. In the end, it is what it is, and all I can say is that parts are sublime and parts are very slow.

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