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Thus Spake Zarathustra (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – January 5, 1999
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Original Language: German
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`TSZ' is very longwinded, and as the introduction states, filled with `excess', but that does not make it a bad book. Every sentence is imbued with its own iconic poetry, and, philosophy aside, the metaphors and similes alone make this book worth reading. It is clear that Nietszche, or perhaps his translator, had a mind better suited to creative expression than most philosophers, or indeed today's authors, and it is in this that lies the book's real strength. Through its use of imagery it not only makes an interesting, inspirational, conjectural read (apart from a few really boring parts that seemed written only to slow down the pace), it makes its message easy to understand and backs it up with surrealistic examples. Whereas sometimes in philosophy, the use of allegory can confuse the issue (More's `Utopia' - mockery of idealism, framework for perfect society, or rambling tale?), in `Zarathustra' the reader, no matter whether they are new to the field or not, cannot fail to discern the message that Man is not a goal but a bridge, a rope over an abyss. As philosophy, and as literature, it succeeds in conveying its point, setting up a platform for discussion or merely to digest individually. Admittedly, some refuse to read Nietszche because of his view of women (`shallow waters'), and because of how his ideas for the Superman allegedly inspired Hitler's Aryan vision for the world, but such people deprive themselves of an interesting viewpoint that defines the meaning of life in human rather than spiritual terms.
One potential problem for the newcomer to philosophy is the storyline.Read more ›
The book isn't particularly long, but Nietzsche fills it with metaphors and parables in addition to simple narrative and merriment. This is one of the challenges of the book: you're forced to figure out what is meaningful from what isn't and on top of that what each metaphor means. Nietzsche has never been in the habit of going into intricate detail or clarifying what he's saying to the same degree as some other thinkers, and although the book is a stylistic masterpiece (with narrative deliberately done in a biblical style and herein lies one of the advantages over the Common translation, namely that Common translated everything to mimic the King James version with an overabundance of "thees" "thous" and "ests") the philosophy is at times difficult to comprehend. Again, it's not difficult in the sense that the Critique of Pure Reason is difficult, or at least not nearly to the same degree, it is difficult because it is at times cryptic.
Additionally, I've seen a lot of reviews suggesting reading Nietzsche just for the pithy phrases or the beauty of the work.Read more ›
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Is this a work of genius? I can't tell. I have concluded that Nietzsche was crazy before he went crazy. I'll teach you the superman indeed. Try it if you like crazy visionaries.Published 1 day ago by grew up in the 1960s
The Thomas Common translation is horrible. Common's unnecessary use of old English makes Nietzsche's message nearly impossible to understand.Published 1 month ago by Dominic Zicari
Nietzche talks a lot of rubbish, I read it only because I wanted to gain more understanding of the evil philosophy that has corrupted western civlization.Published 2 months ago by Johnny Neutron
I mean like one of time best philosophy books of al time. If that's your interest then it's one to add to the collectionPublished 3 months ago by Rebecca
The book delineated how we killed God. This is my favorite masterpiece of the hedonistic individual as it provided a magnified analysis of his psyche and philosophy.Published 3 months ago by Solomon West