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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (January 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571204937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571204939
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in 1883 in Herakleion on the island of Crete. During the Cretan revolt of 1897 his family was sent to the island of Naxos, where he attended the French School of the Holy Cross. From 1902 to 1906 he studied law at Athens University. He worked first as a journalist and throughout a long career wrote several plays, travel journals and translations. His remarkable travels began in 1907 and there were few countries in Europe or Asia that he didn't visit. He studied Buddhism in Vienna and later belonged to a group of radical intellectuals in Berlin, where he began his great epic The Odyssey, which he completed in 1938. He didn't start writing novels until he was almost 60 and completed his most famous work, Zorba the Greek, in 1946. Other novels include Freedom and Death (1953) and The Last Temptation (1954), which the Vatican placed on the Index. Return to Greco, an autobiographical novel, was published in 1961.Nikos Kazantzakis finally settled in Antibes with his second wife, and died there from leukaemia in October 1957. He is buried at Herakleion, where the epitaph on his tomb reads: 'I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free'.

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A book to read, several times, and to keep on your bookshelf for future reference and a pleasurable read.
E. English
A flawless masterpiece about the devotion of a true devotee.....that is the story of God's Pauper written by Nikos Kazantzakis.
Ms Fiza Pathan
A fictionalized account of the life of St. Francis, this novel allows the reader to know the saint almost personally.
All One

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By All One on September 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading Kazantzakis' St. Francis is a consistently joyful, frequently ecstatic experience. A fictionalized account of the life of St. Francis, this novel allows the reader to know the saint almost personally. Told through the eyes of his loyal companion, the story not only chronicals the historic events in the life of St. Francis, but also captures the tumultuous essence of a life lived in longing for ever more service to God. This is one of the best books about St. Francis in existence.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms Fiza Pathan on December 15, 2012
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A flawless masterpiece about the devotion of a true devotee.....that is the story of God's Pauper written by Nikos Kazantzakis. The epic story of the life of one of the greatest Saints in the world is narrated in a very lucid & yet heart wrenching fashion that makes the reader one with the pain & passion of the man behind the Saint.

Being a very passionate believer & student of the Franciscan way of life, I find this book quite in keeping with not only history but also with the current ideas religious personalities have about the pain behind the total annihilation of the ego (flesh in the case of Saint Francs Of Assisi). Kazantzakis in a very simple way reveals to the reader not only the life of Saint Francis. The writer does us a favour infact which I shall be ever grateful to him as a reader.....he makes the life of this pauper very REAL ! We generally find the lives of most of the Christian saints highly above our normal dealings & therefore most of the time ignore their life histories as well as their writings which seem rather dogmatic....not in keeping with our practical mindset. Kazantzakis is aware of this failing & therefore, brings out the true side of Saint Francis Of Assisi.....the struggling man to become one with his creator. It is not the lofty saint that we encounter in this classic work but, the lowly man trapped by his love for God & the desires of his flesh which he wishes to overcome. The person that we witness in this narrative is the human being that signifies ALL of us with all our faults, yet wishing to love God in perfection sans faults & sinful ways.
This is not merely a religious document, but a mirror into the heart & mind of one of the greatest mystics of the Medieval Age in Europe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Lewandowski on August 27, 2010
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This is a book about St. Francis of Assisi. The author admits right up front that this book is a reflection on the life of St. Francis which mixes facts about his life and some "creative" fill in material that is the thought of the author. It's like the apocraphal works of the gospels - the authors take the statements in the gospels and then "fill in the blanks" to kind of like complete the stories of Jesus' "hidden" years.
The book is interesting and captivating. It does inspire the author and reader to have an appreciation and greater respect for St. Francis if you didn't have that already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Santas on March 14, 2013
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I read this book in my youth while I still living in Greece in the original Greek. No translation can do justice to this masterpiece of literature (indeed none of the other works of Kazantzakis in translation can). I can only say it changed my life. The simplicity of language is amazing, for it brings to life the life of a man obsessed by his own sins, knowing himself and God after the struggle to get rid of life's luxuries and finding his final renunciation when, in the most stunning scene of the book, he finds a leper (in the middle ages an abhorrent sight) and kisses him in the mouth. This is his final love of man, and his love for God. I find, however, that reading of the work in English, while a compromise of the poetry of language, is not by any means a waste of time. I am prompted to say this, for the recent election of Pope Francis inspired me, for perhaps this spirit in the memory of Saint Francis may be bringing an inspiration for humanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By All Over the Owrld on July 4, 2014
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Yo. Nikos. What up?
Nice.
St. Francis may be the coolest dude to ever wear the cap and gound.
Any one who can chill with birds and squirrels is mad cool in my book.
As a youngin taught about Saints, he might have been the coolest because he was so tired of people talking that he talked to animals.
I hear that.
That's the kind of story that speaks to me.
Shut the eff up yall.

So Nikos. When you tell a story, don't forget that people sometimes are reading your work.
Good start.
Then you just went on an internal journey of boringness, and I couldn't follow you bro.
For your next book, ya gotta re-think your approach.

We want more taking to animals.
Talking animals = good No talking animals = WTF
Who wants to read a book about St. Francis without animal communication.

If I wanna watch people communicate, I can see that at home.
I can get human communication at home.

I don't read books about things that I can get at home.

Take me away Nikos.

Take me away.

I challenge you to rewrite this book.

Scene One:

A bird lands on St. Francis' shoulder.

I picked your book up for mad animals.
It may be in the book, but I couldn't make it through your over worded boringness with people talking.

If you need suggestions, don't be afraid to contact me.
I'm just trying to make the world a better place.
As I think you were with this book.
And that's cool dude.

We can work this out.

Call me.
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