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Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a foundational work of Western literature and is widely considered to be Friedrich Nietzsche’s masterpiece. It includes the German philosopher’s famous discussion of the phrase ‘God is dead’ as well as his concept of the Superman. Nietzsche delineates his Will to Power theory and devotes pages to critiquing Christian thinking, in particular Christ ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published March 30th 1978 by Penguin Books (first published 1883)
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Simo have you ever read the bible or the Quran ?
if yes ! I think this way cooler than bouth of them.
if not! this is the best thing Nietzsche had ever writt…more
have you ever read the bible or the Quran ?
if yes ! I think this way cooler than bouth of them.
if not! this is the best thing Nietzsche had ever written. (less)
Jester It is a book of ideas that does not fit neatly into the categories of novel or non-fiction. As a philosophical work, it is not the traditional essay. …moreIt is a book of ideas that does not fit neatly into the categories of novel or non-fiction. As a philosophical work, it is not the traditional essay. It is full of symbolism, so subsequent readings are beneficial, though the first time is special. Nietzsche does not want to persuade anyone into any system of belief. This work is an action, something to be witnessed. He wants his work of art to dance. (less)

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Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
It's like Jesus, but cooler.
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Horror movies never frightened me in the same way certain works of literature and film did. Reading through Zarathustra as a teenager was a singularly powerful experience; the work defies categorization or genre, time or place. I was warned that Nietzsche was dangerous for young readers (like Machiavelli) because he went insane. This I HAD to read. It was my first encounter with existential thought, a stinging critique of the very nature of values and belief. The events in the book are more like ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen, Friedrich Nietzsche

The book consists of four parts. The first part appeared in 1883, the second and third in 1884, the fourth in 1885 as a private print.

In 1886 Nietzsche published the first three parts as “So Zarathustra spoke. A book for everyone and no one. In three parts.” In contrast to Nietzsche's early works, the Zarathustra is not a non-fiction book. In hymn prose, a personal narrator reports on the work of a fictional thinker who b
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How you liking them apples, Jede-fucking-diah?!

Thus spoke Barnaby Jones.

I read this book back around 2001 or 2002. I wasn't much concerned with writing reviews back then—and how weird is that?—but, deeming Nietzsche a pretty smart guy, I scribbled down a bunch of notes and quotes. Since I've not a single review by Friedrich N. at this place, I thought, in lieu of anything more insightful or intelligent, to copy those notes out below, verbatim. And after having done so, I'm not quite sure what I
Riku Sayuj
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Verily have I overshot myself in my vanity into thinking that I was ready to attempt this book. Humbled am I now.

I probably got less than one-third of what Nietzsche was fulminating on. Maybe in another two reading or so... maybe with a different translation... ?

Can anyone who has read this help me out? Is the second half of the book just plain abstruse or was it just me?
Sean Barrs
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is so many things at once: it is wise and intelligent; it is funny and perceptive; it is creative and playful, but it is also nonsensical and impenetrable.

Simply put, I am not quite sure if I am ready for this book. I consider myself relatively well-read, but I do not feel well-read enough to take this one on. There are parts that I do not understand or cannot interpret. I became lost in much of the writing as the allusions went over my head and meant extraordinarily little to me.

This is
I have at all times written my writings with my whole heart and soul: I do not know what purely intellectual problems are.
There is a great deal of Nietzsche that I agree with, and hoards with which I vehemently do not. I've been accumulating quotes of his for five years now, quotes whose inherent lack of context made me like him more than I do now. I still love many of his phrases as much as I did before, but if we ever met, we would not like each other at all.

Despite that muddle, I am grate
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, classics
The best way that I can describe this book is as a religious experience, which is kind of paradoxical because the main idea of the book is that “God is dead.” When Zarathustra, the ancient Persian prophet, emerges from his 10-year solitude and exclaims that God has died, he doesn’t mean that literally. Rather, he means that the concept of God as a gateway to finding meaning in life is dead and that the meaning of life should be found not in religious worship but within the self as an exemplar of ...more
Incredibly interesting ideas. For sure you will be thinking about what is said here for a long, long time.

This most famous book of Nietzsche delves into the central idea: the "eternal recurrence of the same", also the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Übermensch. Nietzsche himself claims it is "the deepest book ever written". (he wasn’t one prone to humility…)

A fictionalized prophet descends from his recluse to mankind, Zarathustra, and turns traditional morality on its
Ram Alsrougi
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, almost practical application, that it's almost possible to apply it even in today's society. Nietzsche's courage, creativity, and passion in this work make him enchant. However, while reading; I had to repeat many chapters twice because of his kind of strange and blunt language!.
Ross Blocher
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a messy, self-serious heap of obscure references and ungracious philosophy wrapped in a mountain of bad allegory. And yet, there are moments of brilliance hidden in the midden pile of Nietzsche's impenetrable poetry and prose that almost make it worth the effort. This may be the longest short book I've ever read. Granted, the original was in German, and I read an English translation. Apparently it was already arcane and replete with wordplay and personal references in i ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please note: Read in 2007 from an on-line edition for personal research and edification. Reactions to it are my own.

Annotated Synopsis: Described by Nietzsche himself as "the deepest ever written", the book is a dense and esoteric treatise on philosophy and morality, featuring as protagonist a fictionalized Zarathustra. A central irony of the text is that Nietzsche mimics the style of the Bible in order to present ideas which fundamentally oppose Christian and Jewish morality and tradition.

The o
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my top 3 favorite books of all time. It’s a story, it’s a sermon, it’s poetry, it’s philosophy. It seems heavy reading at first, but it grows progressively easier once you get used to his language and ideas. Zarathustra’s style is Biblical, almost like one of the Old Testament prophets lamenting society’s turning away from the truth, and he preaches and raves like a prophet too. His message is a bit different, enjoining his listeners to turn away from a traditional notion of God a ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
I honestly don’t know what to think about this

I feel like I’m breaking most of the Ten Commandments Reading this book. Unclean, unclean
John Kulm
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I haven’t been able to sincerely laugh in a long, long time. This book gave me what I needed: a logical basis for accepting laughter into my life again.

I didn’t expect the intuitive introvert atheistic existentialist Nietzsche to have anything to say about laughter, but laughter was one of the primary themes here. This book isn’t just a collection of a philosopher’s wisdom. Nietzsche journeyed deep inside himself for his writing – so deep that he lost his own sanity and ultimately couldn’t agai
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nietzsche, like many great thinkers, contradicts himself enormously. He writes that the mob is "innocently crooked, it always lies" and that "nothing is more valuable and rare today than honesty." But we are told earlier on by a murmuring dwarf that "everything straight lies...all truth is crooked, time itself is a circle." These notions may not be mutually exclusive, but if one reads each character in this novel as an expression of his beliefs, it is easy to spot many incongruities. Perhaps he ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: +18
it is impossible to "experience" this book and preserve your identity.
Kyle Wright
Nov 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Zarathustra, the character through which Nietzsche vicariously spews forth his world-view, is a pompous, narcissistic, ego maniac that is so obsessed with how right he is, he can't see just how terribly wrong he ends up being. Nietzsche constantly contradicts himself, uses poor logic and reasoning, and pushes for a social order that benefits only the elite. I'm appalled of Nietzsche's idea that the great men of the world should walk all over the little, regular people to achieve their greatness. ...more
Jul 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
I read this when I was in my late teens; therefore, I have never read it, it is to be read by me now that I more capable of reading and thinking...
Sidharth Vardhan
Get a life, Nietzsche
David Sarkies
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosophers of Modernism
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: philosophy
The Evolution of Humanity
5 March 2014

It is from this book that one comes across the ideas that Fredrick Nietzsche is particularly famous for, that being the concept of the ubermensch and will to power as well as the idea that when one gazes into the abyss the abyss gazes into you (though that quote actually comes from 'Beyond Good and Evil' though there are references in this book about gazing into the abyss). This is probably the book that many of us who have heard of Nietzsche (which I suspec
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains one of the most powerful and cryptic tomes in the history western thought. Is this a work of philosophy or poetry? Due to the immense power of Nietzsche's writing, it remains highly readable, even for those who are not usually comfortable reading philosophy. In the prologue, Nietzsche describes Zarathustra's isolation in the mountains and his intention to descend so that he can teach mankind. Zarathustra proclaims that God is dead and the overman, the s ...more
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche tends to be one of those philosophers that readers either really like (the literary crowd who reads the occasional philosopher) or really don't like (the philosophy crowd who reads the occasional novelist). I suppose I am one of the latter. While I enjoy reading some of Nietzsche's works, I enjoy them most when he centers them around his "ideal man" concept. "Thus Spoke" doesn't seem to be one of those. Simply put, the sections are short situational stories concerning Zarathustra and d ...more
Absolutely fucking based.

Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It would be presumptuous to suggest I had the capacity to evaluate or even say anything new about Nietszche, who along with Karl Marx was one of the two most influential thinkers of the past two centuries. Like most people I've absorbed many of his ideas by osmosis through various forms and had a familiarity with them even before the first time I read one of his essays. Reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra for the first time however, there was something that struck me: the extent to which this is writ ...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
It had to happen. There had to come a moment in my life where I would sit down and start reading, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".

And I am glad I did, because I can now confidently state that this book is garbage. I don't care how uncool and unintelligent this makes me seem, but I have no doubt about it. "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None" is an unnecessarily complicated book spouting a few philosophical ideas written by a megalomaniac, vain, angry, bitter man.

Here is what he wrote about
Vincent Flock
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I doubt that I could read the German version as easily as I once could, I still much prefer it to the translations. If you must read a translation, make it the Walter Kaufmann version, which is, in any case, easiest to find beyond being the best that I have seen. Side note: Kaufmann's translation of Goethe's Faust is also one of the best you will find for that work.

As for the work itself, what can I possibly say that has not already been written in praise of this epic? The criticism one m
Apr 08, 2011 added it
After years of hearing about Nietzsche's contributions to western philosophical culture, and after reading countless texts that referenced, examined or quoted him, I finally decided to tackle one of his books in full. But now, having done so the only honest reaction that I can offer is "what the !@#$ did I just read." Call me a philistine, but I got nothing out of this book and it seems to me that the whirlwinds of hype surrounding Nietzsche could be a case of literary "emperors new clothes." Th ...more
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People That Have Already Read A Substantial Amount Of Nietzsche's Other Work
"Have you ever said Yes to a single joy? O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe. All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if ever you wanted one thing twice, if ever you said, "You please me, happiness! Abide moment!" then you wanted all back. All anew, all eternally, all entangled, ensnared, enamored--oh then you loved the world. Eternal ones, love it eternally and evermore; and to woe too, you say: go, but return! For all joy wants--eternity."

Someday I'm going to go through m
Rakhi Dalal
I didn't have the heart to go through it. I apologize, Nietzsche, but you don't interest me anymore.
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