Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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TitleThus Spoke Zarathustra
Release DateMar 30th, 1978
PublisherPenguin Books
GenrePhilosophy, Classics, Nonfiction, European Literature, German Literature

Reviews Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • Clint
    It's like Jesus, but cooler.
  • Shawn
    Horror movies never frightened me in the same way certain works of literature and film did. Reading through Zarathustra as a teenager was a singularly powerful experience; the work defies categorization or genre, time or place. I was warned that Nietzsche was dangerous for young readers (like Machiavelli) because he went insane. This I HAD to read. It was my first encounter with existential thought, a stinging critique of the very nature of value...
  • Szplug
    How you liking them apples, Jede-fucking-diah?!Thus spoke Barnaby Jones.I read this book back around 2001 or 2002. I wasn't much concerned with writing reviews back then—and how weird is that?—but, deeming Nietzsche a pretty smart guy, I scribbled down a bunch of notes and quotes. Since I've not a single review by Friedrich N. at this place, I thought, in lieu of anything more insightful or intelligent, to copy those notes out below, verbatim...
  • Luís C.
    Friedrich Nietzsche establishes in his best-known book the bridge of man with his primary nature. More than a parody of the metaphysical imagery, the book states that man has undergone to an abstract force, invisible. Zarathustra reveals to man that life is ruled by chance and that the decline of human nature comes in the expectation that there will be something or someone directing it in life.The teachings of Socrates are fought here because lif...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Verily have I overshot myself in my vanity into thinking that I was ready to attempt this book. Humbled am I now.I probably got less than one-third of what Nietzsche was fulminating on. Maybe in another two reading or so... maybe with a different translation... ?Can anyone who has read this help me out? Is the second half of the book just plain abstruse or was it just me?
  • Aubrey
    I have at all times written my writings with my whole heart and soul: I do not know what purely intellectual problems are. There is a great deal of Nietzsche that I agree with, and hoards with which I vehemently do not. I've been accumulating quotes of his for five years now, quotes whose inherent lack of context made me like him more than I do now. I still love many of his phrases as much as I did before, but if we ever met, we would not like ea...
  • Catherine
    The best way that I can describe this book is as a religious experience, which is kind of paradoxical because the main idea of the book is that “God is dead.” When Zarathustra, the ancient Persian prophet, emerges from his 10-year solitude and exclaims that God has died, he doesn’t mean that literally. Rather, he means that the concept of God as a gateway to finding meaning in life is dead and that the meaning of life should be found not in...
  • Miquixote
    Incredibly interesting ideas. For sure you will be thinking about what is said here for a long, long time. This most famous book of Nietzsche delves into the central idea: the "eternal recurrence of the same", also the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Übermensch. Nietzsche himself claims it is "the deepest book ever written". (he wasn’t one prone to humility…) A fictionalized prophet descends from his recluse to manki...
  • Ram Alsrougi
    Great, almost practical application, that it's almost possible to apply it even in today's society. Nietzsche's courage, creativity, and passion in this work make him enchant. However, while reading; I had to repeat many chapters twice because of his kind of strange and blunt language!.
  • Chris
    This is one of my top 3 favorite books of all time. It’s a story, it’s a sermon, it’s poetry, it’s philosophy. It seems heavy reading at first, but it grows progressively easier once you get used to his language and ideas. Zarathustra’s style is Biblical, almost like one of the Old Testament prophets lamenting society’s turning away from the truth, and he preaches and raves like a prophet too. His message is a bit different, enjoining...
  • Katy
    Please note: Read in 2007 from an on-line edition for personal research and edification. Reactions to it are my own.Annotated Synopsis: Described by Nietzsche himself as "the deepest ever written", the book is a dense and esoteric treatise on philosophy and morality, featuring as protagonist a fictionalized Zarathustra. A central irony of the text is that Nietzsche mimics the style of the Bible in order to present ideas which fundamentally oppose...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    I honestly don’t know what to think about thisI feel like I’m breaking most of the Ten Commandments Reading this book. Unclean, unclean
  • John Kulm
    I haven’t been able to sincerely laugh in a long, long time. This book gave me what I needed: a logical basis for accepting laughter into my life again. I didn’t expect the intuitive introvert atheistic existentialist Nietzsche to have anything to say about laughter, but laughter was one of the primary themes here. This book isn’t just a collection of a philosopher’s wisdom. Nietzsche journeyed deep inside himself for his writing – so d...
  • Ross Blocher
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a messy, self-serious heap of obscure references and ungracious philosophy wrapped in a mountain of bad allegory. And yet, there are moments of brilliance hidden in the midden pile of Nietzsche's impenetrable poetry and prose that almost make it worth the effort. This may be the longest short book I've ever read. Granted, the original was in German, and I read an English translation. Apparently it was already arcane and ...
  • Giorgi
    it is impossible to "experience" this book and preserve your identity.
  • Veronica
    Nietzsche, like many great thinkers, contradicts himself enormously. He writes that the mob is "innocently crooked, it always lies" and that "nothing is more valuable and rare today than honesty." But we are told earlier on by a murmuring dwarf that "everything straight lies...all truth is crooked, time itself is a circle." These notions may not be mutually exclusive, but if one reads each character in this novel as an expression of his beliefs, ...
  • David Sarkies
    The Evolution of Humanity5 March 2014 It is from this book that one comes across the ideas that Fredrick Nietzsche is particularly famous for, that being the concept of the ubermensch and will to power as well as the idea that when one gazes into the abyss the abyss gazes into you (though that quote actually comes from 'Beyond Good and Evil' though there are references in this book about gazing into the abyss). This is probably the book that many...
  • Mr.
    Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains one of the most powerful and cryptic tomes in the history western thought. Is this a work of philosophy or poetry? Due to the immense power of Nietzsche's writing, it remains highly readable, even for those who are not usually comfortable reading philosophy. In the prologue, Nietzsche describes Zarathustra's isolation in the mountains and his intention to descend so that he can teach mankind. Zarathustra...
  • Kyle Wright
    Zarathustra, the character through which Nietzsche vicariously spews forth his world-view, is a pompous, narcissistic, ego maniac that is so obsessed with how right he is, he can't see just how terribly wrong he ends up being. Nietzsche constantly contradicts himself, uses poor logic and reasoning, and pushes for a social order that benefits only the elite. I'm appalled of Nietzsche's idea that the great men of the world should walk all over the ...
  • Mark
    Nietzsche tends to be one of those philosophers that readers either really like (the literary crowd who reads the occasional philosopher) or really don't like (the philosophy crowd who reads the occasional novelist). I suppose I am one of the latter. While I enjoy reading some of Nietzsche's works, I enjoy them most when he centers them around his "ideal man" concept. "Thus Spoke" doesn't seem to be one of those. Simply put, the sections are shor...
  • Vincent Flock
    Though I doubt that I could read the German version as easily as I once could, I still much prefer it to the translations. If you must read a translation, make it the Walter Kaufmann version, which is, in any case, easiest to find beyond being the best that I have seen. Side note: Kaufmann's translation of Goethe's Faust is also one of the best you will find for that work.As for the work itself, what can I possibly say that has not already been w...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    "Have you ever said Yes to a single joy? O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe. All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if ever you wanted one thing twice, if ever you said, "You please me, happiness! Abide moment!" then you wanted all back. All anew, all eternally, all entangled, ensnared, enamored--oh then you loved the world. Eternal ones, love it eternally and evermore; and to woe too, you say: go, but return! For all joy ...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Get a life, Nietzsche
  • Adam
    Absolutely fucking based.
  • Michael
    250118 later later addition: rereading a book comparing nietzsche and buddhism 221016 / 301112 which suggests he begins, follows, similar conception of general culture (of nihilist attitudes) that are prejudiced in favour of being (concept/illusion) over becoming (as evident reality/not illusion), a reflection of weakness, impotence, exhaustion, but nz and bd come to somewhat opposed resolutions: nz decryi...
  • Mεδ Rεδħα
    Back cover - Thus spoke Zarathustra is a masterful philosophical work. It has upset the thinking of the West. "Nietzsche demolishes, he undermines," said Gide. He definitely puts the man in question. Poet-prophet, Zarathustra retires into the mountain and returns among the men to talk to them. His essential lesson: "Want to liberate. His leitmotif: reject what is not wanted, conquered as such, all that is undergone. This is the meaning of the fam...
  • Morgan
    First off, Nietzsche is not a Nazi. He doesn't share Nazi ideas and most likely would have hated the Nazis. There is a Nazi connection to this book, but it has nothing to do with Nietzsche or his writing. His horrible sister, who was a Nazi, rewrote a few of his text to make it look like her brother supported her goals. The Nazi's read this book for moral reason, but at the same time they misread his ideas. There are several articles and books th...