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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (21 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691020531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691020532
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[D]iscover a world bursting with both humor and pathos, a world in which despair and hope, doubt and belief, God and self collide in passionate encounter."--Religious Studies Review

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M456AN on 4 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
Like the first parable:

What happens to those who try to warn the present age?
It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The
clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was
just a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning, they
shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end
amid general applause from all the wits, who believe that it
is a joke.

I have to inverse the perception, so I read this as what happens if God said the theater was on fire when the world was a few minutes away from its doom.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The Snickering and Scheming Soren 11 May 2000
By A. Wakefield - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ah, Parables. There are few other ways to set the mind spinning than a good parable. It's similar to a great mystery case, and the satissfaction derived from figuring out what it means more than makes up for the mental effort.
That was Johannes Climacus speaking. Some people will find the book enjoyable purely on that level.
I like the book because it has the potential to change the way I live. Don't be decieved by the slimness of the volume and the short sections. A sensetive reader could take a year reading this book. Because of the need to enjoy, understand, evaluate, and apply each parable, I can only read a few each night before sleeping.
However, don't let that seriousness delay you: Oden has collected some of the pieces that best bring out Soren and his authors' wit and humor. Truly, an indispensable book whether you are just discovering Kierkegaard or are an old friend of his.
For beginners, I reccomend reading this with "Kierkegaard for Beginners." Some high-minded people might be shocked that I say that, but I'm not too proud to admit that I find that to be the most compelling introduction to Kierkegaard that I have read. The illustrations are appropriate and also outrageous. This book is similar, but more mystifying, which is why I reccommend the "for beginners" book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Who says SK isn't fun? 8 Jan. 2000
By J. C. Woods - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I look with horror at the whole Philosophy in 90 minutes series, if you had to do it for SK this is how you could best do it. A wonderful little book for dipping into, full of short witty aphorisms taken from SK's works. Of course everything is out of context, but then SK tended to set these witty little stories in very intimidating tomes. In any case, this book provides a nice place to start and the references allow you to find the parables in the context of the works themselves.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
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Soren was a brilliant surveyor of the human soul. Collected in this volume are what amounts to a greatest hits of parables highlighting the discoveries he made along the way that compel the reader to get off the philosophical phence when it comes to life's decisions. Don't sweat the small stuff? More like, Think, Choose, and the small stuff never surfaces. Perhaps the greatest of all his parables is "The Jewel on Thin Ice", and its inclusion here is worth the purcahse price all by itself.
If you are familiar with Kierkegaard, you know what a brilliant reference tome this will be. If you are not, this is a great way to begin your examination of a man who was justifiably the Danish Dalai Lhama. His spirituality is immersed in being present in the moment, and would lay the foundation for all existentialist (i.e., Buddhist thinkers in Western trappings) thought in the 20th Century from Husserl and Sartre to Heidegger and Neil Young.
Well done, well worth keeping by your reading lamp. It is a jewel on thin ice well worth risking one's immersion.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
oooh aaah 22 Mar. 2000
By heather williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
hmm, well i am not too into philosophy. it tends to blow my mind, but in "Parables of Kierkergaard", its only mind blowing factor is that it is so understandable and interesting. i can honestly say "ooh" and "ahhh" and "hmmm?" its a good book, and it will really make you think about life and it's irony.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An anthology of extraordinary passages 12 July 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kierkegaard's thought was a thought of paradox and complication, irony , insight and humor. Like Kafka he could take a well- known myth and remake it as his own .And always he will do this in such a way as to move the reader into a new level of question and involvement in his thought.

Kierkegaard challenges questions and delights us. He too may contradict us and our sense of things but most often in such a way as to lead us to rethink our own assumptions and ideas.

He is a thinker who helps make us think.

And this anthology of extraordinary passages from his work does just that.
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