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5.0 out of 5 stars miserable but thought provoking
a clever little book that repeats the essential message and really makes you re-evaluate your approach to love and life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but buy the full version
Search for "Fear and Trembling (Classics S.)". It's the same translation (by Alistair Hannay) but actually has notes + an introduction (although the introduction is a little long and over interpretive).

The Great Ideas version will probably look better on your shelf and is more portable, but it's worth spending the extra pound or so on the full version. This is...
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but buy the full version, 24 April 2006
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This review is from: Fear and Trembling (Penguin Great Ideas) (Mass Market Paperback)
Search for "Fear and Trembling (Classics S.)". It's the same translation (by Alistair Hannay) but actually has notes + an introduction (although the introduction is a little long and over interpretive).

The Great Ideas version will probably look better on your shelf and is more portable, but it's worth spending the extra pound or so on the full version. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with Kierkegaard.

It's probably also worth mentioning that the Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard has a nice (intoductory) essay on F&T
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5.0 out of 5 stars miserable but thought provoking, 4 April 2013
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a clever little book that repeats the essential message and really makes you re-evaluate your approach to love and life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only a great read, but stylish/, 26 Jun. 2013
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Okay, I'll admit, this kind of stumped me, it isn't a simple book, and requires a lot of thought while reading. I, while reading this, stopped several times, to re read and think about what was being said, a first for me, and found that by doing so, really drew something from this book. A great read for anyone interested in modern philosophy. Also the face of the book looks great, very cool cover design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Fear and Trembling (Penguin Great Ideas) (Mass Market Paperback)
Brilliant set of books with brilliantly selected content.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A challenging book to read, 21 May 2013
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This is one of those books that varies between being impenetrable and profound. I suspect that for many, (myself included), this is the sort of book to be read after some form of preamble putting what Kierkegaard was trying to do into context. It is somewhat repetitive, but that seems to be just Kierkegaard's way of hammering home his point. Reading it is not helped by a very 19th century style of extended sentences with many sub clauses - if you do not read much literature like that it may take a little while to get into. Don't expect to read this and be filled with joy, but it may make you think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you find Abraham Guilty or Not Guilty?, 13 April 2001
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Richard Saunders (Canterbury, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Kierkegaard tries to defend Abraham against the charge that he was contemplating murdering his son because he thought God told him to. Will have you either going to church every Sunday (be it because you think you now have an excuse to kill your kids or be it because you now believe God's had cardiac surgery and is no longer dead) or throwing it across the room screaming and swearing at Kiekegaard for being WRONG WRONG WRONG I TELL YOU!!! Oh, and check out The World as Will and Representation (both volumes) by Schopenhauer if you have either teenage intellectuals who like to dress in black and claim you don't understand them ,or if you just want things to quote when you're feeling down and unappreciated and really want to scare people who haven't read it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware, 1 April 2014
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This book is glued binding and is not sewn, unlike many other Everyman's Library titles. I am disappointed - this is inferior binding associated with paperbacks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I feel sorry fo Kierkegaard, 25 Nov. 2013
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Mr. R. A. Penney (Gosport Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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He goes over the story of Abraham and Isaac and can make no sense of it. he concludes that 'faith' must be a 'leap in teh dark' Take the leap he seems to say and God will catch you. Most people do no such thing. They are too sensible and do not jump anywhere unless there is a soft landing of a safety net.
Sadly he has bequeathed to the world the idea that Christianity is a religion and belief in god is not rational. Generations of Humanists, Rationalists and Materialists have taken this up as a stick with which to beat Christians and Christian belief.
If only he could have lived later on and had met Anthony Flew and had read his arguments for belief in a Creator after a lifetime of Atheism.
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