Zorba The Perfect Novel

Originally posted on The Champagne Epicurean:
One of literary history’s most under-appreciated work of art, written by a Greek nomad who couldn’t get farther away from Greece if he had emigrated to Saturn. Nikos Kazantzakis was a Nietzschean, a Buddhist, an adventurer, writer of the beautifully profane The Last Temptation of Christ. In Zorba the…

No Longer Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

    The first book of 2017 that has shared its reality with mine, indeed made its reality a quarter of mine, is a book that is about a mooted family holiday to a lighthouse on the shores of England. I hadn’t read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf since I was a sixteen-year-old enthralled…

The List Goes On, But Where Is The Novel?

 Review of Morrissey’s debut novel List of the Lost So we go inside and we gravely read the stones/ All those people all those lives/ Where are they now?/ With the loves and hates/ And passions just like mine/ They were born/ And then they lived and then they died/ Seems so unfair/ And I…

Zorba The Perfect Novel

One of literary history’s most under-appreciated work of art, written by a Greek nomad who couldn’t get farther away from Greece if he had emigrated to Saturn. Nikos Kazantzakis was a Nietzschean, a Buddhist, an adventurer, writer of the beautifully profane The Last Temptation of Christ. In Zorba the Greek he has written an Epicurean…

Reading Ulysses

At the very bottom of the evolutionary tree of modern literature there lies one book and one book only: Ulysses, by the Irish writer, poet, alcoholic, egomaniac James Joyce. As wonderful a writer as he was a difficult person (the man who refused to fulfill his mother’s dying wish that he take communion). Ulysses is…