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Saint Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis
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Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Recommended for: persons interested in St. Francis in literature
Read in June, 1974 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I was introduced to Nikos Kazantzakis by Jim Gottreich, my sophomore-year high school world history instructor. He and his wife, Anastasia, a Greek, were quite hospitable to myself and several others who had regarded him as their favorite teacher at Maine Twp. H.S. South. After our academic relations had ended we made it a regular practice to visit them at their home in Skokie, continuing this practice until the late seventies when the Gottreich family moved elsewhere. On one such occasion he pulled out a copy of Kazantzakis' Odyssey, something he was reading then, and told us about the book and its author. Like most such recommendations from this esteemed source, I took it seriously and soon thereafter, further spurred by a close friend, read Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ. This novelization of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, read later on, was a disappointment after The Last Temptation.

Both novels, incidentally, have been made into Hollywood movies, Saint Francis being played by, of all people, Mickey Rourke.

Recently, discussing high school with the fellow who recommended the Jesus book, another Gottreich fan, I tried looking Jim up and succeeded, finding him and his wife to be currently living elsewhere in the Chicago suburbs. Telephoning, we made an appointment and got together at a local cafe. Jim, I was very relieved to discover, hadn't changed much.
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message 1: by Sally (new)

Sally Duros Mickey Rourke.

LOL


Erik Graff Thanks!
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