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A Timely Meditation,
This review is from: Mr. Strong (Mr. Men Classic Library) (Paperback)
What a triumph it is, this Nietzschean parable of the Superman. Mr Strong's very being brims with the Will To Power, for which his physical strength is not a delicate metaphor. He hammers a nail into walls with his finger, he ties a knot in an iron bar.
Furthermore, he manifests this sheer force and charisma often quite despite himself. He tears a door off its hinges totally by accident, and barely notices as a bus is written off in collision with him. The symbolism of both of these events is important. The incident with the door makes explicit that it is the world around Mr Strong that must change - not he - however violent this birth of the new. It is equally significant that Mr Strong's own inattentiveness to road safety causes the crash - he cannot help but exist above the social rules that govern the majority, beyond Good and Evil.
This is not to say that Mr Strong ever uses his innate superiority to do wrong - he is every bit as good an egg as those which form his principal diet. One feels he would be just as horrified as Nietzsche himself was by the anti-Semitism of Wagner.
Whatever the case, destiny calls the Superman. And with a fire in a field he yanks a barn from its foundations (a clever metaphor for the dramatic social change brought about by iconoclasts such as he). He fills it with water, empties it upon the chaotic inferno, dousing its flames with his might. Without so much as a second thought, he seizes his moment in history.
Thus sprach Zarathustra.
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Posted on 2 Dec 2011 13:38:24 GMT
Ms. G. Howard says:
Just brilliant, and what a joy to read at work!
Posted on 25 Apr 2012 17:19:06 BDT
I think I'd be happy to eschew the Mr Men series and focus on Mr Richardson's reviews. Mr Richardson, do you write elsewhere?
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 13:01:32 GMT
M. H. Ayres says:
Chris: you obviously are missing the whole freaking point. He's hilarious. Everyone else loves these reviews.
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 22:18:57 GMT
Matthew R Harvey says:
Reading these reviews has made me want to buy the books :)
Posted on 22 Mar 2013 00:43:28 GMT
Fe Coombs says:
Wonderful stuff! More please, sir :)
Posted on 6 Apr 2013 16:47:29 BDT
Mr Richardson, you are a marvel!
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 12:01:36 GMT
Garden Bird says:
Brilliant. Will you marry me? Or, at least, plant a few spuds or something...