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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

8 Ratings: 2.6
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Confusing read

  • Jul 1, 2010

I'm probably going to get lambasted by philosophers for this review but I picked this book up, not knowing anything about philosophy, because I was curious about philosophical works and knew Nietzsche is a famous author. I've read it twice now and I'm still not sure I understand it.

From what I can gather, Nietzsche is using this book to tell men how to live a life of purpose after the revelation that God is dead. He does this through the character of Zarathustra who is portrayed as a Jesus-like figure of sorts dressed in robes and living in the forest, only occasionally venturing into town to spread his wisdom. That's about all I could get out of it really. I read a translated edition since the original is in German - I have a rudimentary understanding of German but this is written in such a convoluted fashion with such unusual vocabulary that it was difficult enough to make sense of what was written in English. This combined with some quite complex ideas that Nietzsche was trying to convey and I just struggle to extract much meaning from this book - let alone the complicated analyses put forward by philosophers. 

This is apparently a very deep book and one of Nietzsche's better ones but it doesn't make for light reading - make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before you dive in.


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