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5.0 out of 5 stars "I am not a man, I am dynamite.", 6 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: The Portable Nietzsche (Viking Portable Library) (Paperback)
In Ecce Homo, Nietzsche writes: "...It seems to me that to take a book of mine into his hands is one of the rarest distinctions anyone can confer upon himself - I even assume he removes his shoes when he does so."
The words in the review summary, and also immediately above, demonstrate both the impact Nietzsche believed his writings would come to have, and the wonderfully sarcastic tone evident in much of his work.
Walter Kaufmann included some inspiring sections from Ecce Homo, as indeed he has done with many of Nietzsche's most valuable published works and unpublished notes and letters etc. This is, of course, in addition to the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche's four major works.
Kaufmann's introduction provides much welcome biographical information on Nietzsche; in addition, a preface to each of the major chapters is included. I felt that Kaufmann's contribution substantially added to my experience of the book. He seemed always to be close to hand when difficult terminology was encountered. As a result of this positive experience, I have gone on to buy a further two books edited by Walter Kaufmann.
If you buy this book, I am convinced you will agree that almost every page exposes the reader to challenging, inspirational and (at least upon first encountering it) harrowing material. If one should happen upon a page of relative calm, why not linger awhile and enjoy the poetic brilliance of Nietzsche's rhapsodic writing, his cutting humour and that wonderful, wonderful sarcasm!...
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