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Saint Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis
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Nov 05, 09

Read in September, 2009

This is a wonderful book. Although Kazantzakis was a well know and beloved writer in the sixties. It is pretty hard to get his books these days.

Kazantzakis pulls off the difficult trick of getting us to understand and appreciate a consciousness that is very different than ours. He does this through the intermediary of Francis's profoundly ugly friend the everyman Brother Leo. I loved Brother Leo identifying with his surrcombing to having a dinner in a warm cave while Francis fasts in the snow. It may be impossible to understand a saint without being one but Kazantzakis's portrait of Brother Leo helped me to understand what it is like to love one.

This approach of presenting Francis through an intermediary gives us the best possible view of the Saint.
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