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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (Modern Library) Hardcover – September 19, 1995
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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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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 5 days ago by Solomon West
Not my first time reading it. I like Nietzsche because he makes you look at yourself and asks how you can improve yourself.Published 1 month ago by William
it took awhile for me to finally finish this book just because it is a very slow read. a lot of information to take in.Published 1 month ago by Kristina Roberts
Hollingdale's translation of the book reveals a remarkable world of awe. The satirical, witty writing is only part of the many reasons why I enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This one is my favorite among Nietzsche's monumental works! If you really want to probe as to how the guy really thinks (Line of Thought) as well as be familiarized with the main... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Ison
A great addition to the library of any budding Philosopher and the free price makes it a no brainer.Published 2 months ago by george
A pillar of the Nihilist school of thought.. the so called mad man made his mark in the field of modern philosophy. It's a great read.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Berneice Short