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on 27 January 2016
Nice cover - Magnifying glass needed to read text. This is the budget edition of the budget edition! No introduction, chapter headings in body text size appearing at bottom of page. Finger of culpability pointed at proof reader. The body text is set lower than 6pt and is almost too small to read without squinting.

I can't imagine what the 'great noontide' who assembled the artwork for this was thinking. It looks as though the entire text was output justified in narrow galleys 115 mm wide then cut up to fit the depth of 180 mm. without headings or subheads It certainly wasn't set up for print by anyone remotely connected with the printing industry.
Printed by Amazon.co.uk Ltd who I trust will commission professional designers in future publications.
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on 16 December 2017
AMAZON PUBLISHING. NO THANKS. This book is published by amazon, by a computer - there is no care for formating, as you can see in the picture; no content, no info and the whole text of the book is in three inch-wide columns on of tiny writing on every single page, the paper is also cheap-brilliant white. I love Nietzsche - this book is one of my favorite. But, this is simply amazon trying to make a tonne of money, rolling out there own publishings with no care. They should have to explicitly state this in the title of the item, because I see they are doing it with all books now. If it were £2, i'd consider to save some money. But this should be avoided; was a gift, and I felt too embarrassed handing this over, so I got another.
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on 29 April 2013
The aphoristic and mythological representation of a theory intended to provide an answer to Nietzsche's despair expressed in the misleading slogan "the death of God" (the lapse of a belief rather than the death of a being). The proposal which is Zarathustra's message to mankind consists of two parts: the first is a theory and the second is a challenge. The theory is eternal recurrence, that the universe repeats itself in every precise detail eternally. The challenge is, if offered the choice would you choose eternal recurrence (without recollecting your previous existences)...? or - the "or" is not specified but it seems we should assume nothingness (and not an afterlife.) The proposal therefore is intended as a test of whether one affirms one's entire life (good and evil.) However there is a snag - only the Ubermensch (Superman) who does not yet exist could have the courage, according to Nietzsche, affirm eternal recurrence. Even the sage Zarathustra (in his "most abysmal moment") recognises that he cannot affirm it. Man is only a bridge between animals and the Ubermensch ("a rope over an abyss.") Thus it is not clear whether we are to attempt an affirmation which as a premise of the whole theory is destined to fail (and perhaps learn something from the failure), or affirm eternal recurrence indirectly by wishing for the coming of the Ubermensch. Take it as you will. The writing is at times superb - particularly for example Zarathustra's conversation with Death personified as a femme fatale, with whom he has a strange and movingly ambivalent conversation. As philosophy it is long-winded and confused - but it is a work which has resonated. Some of the aphorisms are certainly thought-provoking. Nietzsche thought this work his ultimate legacy to mankind. In summary, it is Nietzsche at both his best and worst.
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on 28 February 2016
Full, just FULL of powerful aphorisms to quote in journal writing. Beware of sounding overblown or plain weird. There is an overarching theory to be found here and it is more inspiring and humane than some seem to think. Certainly I can see why the Nazis misunderstood and misused it, as they did when they purloined the swastika from India, a peace symbol. The ideas in this book can better be used for spiritual uplift in my opinion.
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on 20 September 2014
I read this because I wanted to read some Nietzsche. I'm glad I did, though this is not an easy book to follow. It is composed of "sermons" by Zarathustra expounding a philosophy of life built around the advancement of man to Superman. Repeated themes are "God is dead" and the consequence in Nietzsche's phrase "Thou shalt becomes I will". This translation was spoiled by being written in a quasi 17th century King James Bible style English, perhaps because its a kind of religious text. Niezsche's message would have come across just as well in contemporary English. I don't know if this is because the original German was written in antiques style.
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on 4 June 2018
We are living during the times of the last man. Atomised into narcissistic secularism we stand for nothing but our own comforts. We (western civilisation) die, as prophesied in this masterpiece.
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on 11 April 2018
We are indebted to Nietzsche for bringing Zarathustra back into the lime light, despite Nietzsche`s mental attitudes.
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on 30 December 2013
One of the best books written IMO. Not the easiest read and Some of the translations from the original german are a bit questionable but easily one of the best versions around.
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on 23 May 2013
As a great enthusiast of Nietzsche's work, this book is a wonderful alternative to his more academic works. Great translation.
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on 26 November 2017
just beautiful
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