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being a friedrich nietzsche fan, i have to say this is a curious book. he's always got the hammer close when he's writing, but in this book all tricks of literary veneer are gone and he's fully bombastic, and without any trace of irony as he lays out chapter and verse why he is: clever, wise, a great writer, pure blooded, virtuous, etc. you could trot out a few of these gems without context, but the reader would find it hard to believe.
this book reads like a diary of self adulation. i find not a lot of "philosophy" happening here , although, of course, he's a rich writer and can pack an axiom into half a sentence - ie. "that which does not kill you, makes you stronger" - found herein.
unlike his other books, this one is vertiginously self referential. he's settleling scores with newspaper critics from 1870, and telling you why you'll care in 2010 - the balls on this guy!
Nietzsche is the 19th century philosophical bete noire, and he bashes his way through your head with more lacerating truth in a sentence than you'll find in a volume of his contemporaries. read twilight of the idols / how to philosophize with a hammer if you're new to Nietzsche. and read it again!
this book is interesting mostly as a (not flattering) window to his inner personality... interesting but bizarre.
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This book explains well the other books, which is a good start if you ever wanted to dwell into his other works. The ideas like in all his other books are all over the place. Every new sentence of his is filled with a complete new idea that I couldn't fully comprehend unless I read an analyzes from other sources, which disrupts the flow of the book. This is not an easy book to digest. It requires your full attention to details. I had to relisten certain chapters again and again till I fully grasped the idea and when you do actually grasp it - you feel devastated. His ideas are quite nihilistic to the point where it is unbearable. So if you think you are a negative prick try on this beast. Good luck keeping your 'God' after this one.
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