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Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
"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..." Read more of this review »
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