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Kazantzakis infuses this tale with a fervent vision that is uniquely his own, highlighting the saint’s heroic single-mindedness in the face of extreme physical and spiritual suffering. He portrays the saint as a great lover and inspiring leader, who embraced radical poverty in the face of many obstacles and temptations.
The Francis of Assisi in these pages is a man of struggle and suffering, a man God-possessed.”—Saturday Review
“The writing . . . is direct and vigorous.”—Commonweal
“The novel is strong, deep, and moving. . . . a penetration into the mystery and wonder of life.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The protean Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis retells the story of the most beloved of saints—Francis of Assisi, who permanently changed the way people think about following God. Drawing on the traditional stories of the saint’s life, Kazantzakis infuses the tale with a fervent vision that is uniquely his own, highlighting the saint’s heroic
single-mindedness in the face of extreme physical and spiritual suffering. He portrays the saint as a great lover and inspiring leader who embraced radical poverty in the face of many obstacles and temptations while achieving a way of life marked by epic generosity.
Just magnificent -- Kazantzakis is always great!! The opening chapters are full of great good quotes --- plus the story!!!!Published 2 months ago by Mart G Pool
This book is an inspirational classic. I was sad when it went out of print and extremely grateful to find copies available at Amazon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jane
Great book for anyone who is about to embark on a spiritual journey. The transformation of the central character in this novel as portrayed by the author is simply fascinating.Published 9 months ago by Vinit Shrawagi
A wonderful tale of St. Francis told through his best friend, Leo. Nikos Kazantzakis' writing is always full of life, quite human and down to earth.Published 11 months ago by Loras Michel
I love this novel, very happy now to finally have it in hardbound edition.Published 14 months ago by DouglasMatley