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on 13 February 2014
For the modest sum of four pounds this treasure of a book for all those who are passionate about thought can be downloaded on one's kindle in what is a fine, elegant translation of a fine, elegant statement of a very high-ranking thinker.

The book is delightful on many levels, the poetry and songs particularly appealed to me and one has to go far back in time, to the superior literature of the ancient world, to find anything that matches the quality of the writing achieved in The Gay Science.

It is an aristocratic book in the genuine sense of the word, i.e. belongs to the very best, and should provide plenty of motivation and act as a test to budding thinkers in the united kingdom and, indeed, the world, who want to prove their salt and worth in a time too 'busy' to think.

A book for the few no doubt but which gives reason enough to feel grateful to be one of those few!

Five stars

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A passage from Gay Science was used in the philosophical cartoon, Waking Life. Its on You Tube titled 'fear or laziness'.... Ironically, the producers dug up the clichés surrounding Nietzsche. What Nietzsche writes in this book, I find is different from the imagining of 'philosophy' graduates. Nietzsche was physically very ill when he wrote this passage and, in many passages, well he's talking about himself. But people can easily misread his personal wounds as absolute statements on existence. So when he talks about those who suffer from a lack of life, I personally reckon he was writing about his pain. This is how one must read Nietzsche to really understand the Gay Science.
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on 29 April 2014
I must admit that I am very much a fan of Nietzsche's writings, he is probably my favourite philosopher to read. With that said, I very much enjoyed this book. As per the norm for Nietzsche, it is very much an assorted collection of aphorisms. I feel there is less continuity between the aphorisms here, and, for example, in Beyond Good and Evil, but the ones contained here are generally less pithy, and more expressive. All in all, worth it, if you enjoy Nietzsche, though possibly better to begin with another book if you have not read him before.
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on 11 June 2018
While generally the Dover Thrift series does an adequate job of translating Nietzsche, this was not their best.
An example is the literal translation of Gymnasium to mean gym whereas it is a reference to the German School system. Rookie error!
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on 13 March 2018
A good book.
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on 8 November 2017
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on 17 March 2017
This is possibly Nietzsche's most accessible and elucidatory work - it's a must have for those interested in his ideas. Always go for the Kaufman translation, it's simply the best.
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on 11 May 2017
Good quality quick delivery
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on 4 October 2015
Kaufmann certainly makes it easier to read than other translators. The poetry is brilliant too.
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on 24 June 2015
very good
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