I finally read my worn down ancient, second hand copy of Zorba the Greek. It took me a while to get used to the characters having philosophical conversations in all manner of spontaenity, but there are some beautiful passages here. And what a study in character creation.
This book lay on my unread shelf for a long time. Perhaps I could only read it after I visited Crete, which I did.
Life, sun, sea, food, work, sex, politics, philosophy, there is nothing Kazantzakis leaves unturned. There could be no plot, a paragraph may suffice.
Years and years pass, and we humans question the same truths.
‘I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize – sometimes with astonishment – how happy we had been. But on this Cretan coast, I was experiencing happiness and knew I was happy.’
Writing learning – A study in character creation