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By Fiona on 16-10-16
One of the easiest Nietzsches books to understand
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.
By Welsh Mafia on 19-12-11
Watched a Turkish lad buy this from a market stall
....and thought to myself I really should give this one a go. Although it purports to be a late summary and justification for all of his earlier work, the autobiographical elements in terms of the day to day narrative of his life seem at times to take precedence.
It is not so bad for all of that, however. He is laudatory of Richard Wagner but even this giant of European art and culture seems to play a very muted second fiddle to Nietzsche’s fine opinion of himself. And that’s what principally comes through - most pointedly in the chapter titles - “Why I write such brilliant books,” “How do I manage to stop thinking about the ordinary things in life, in the face of such indifference and intolerance from my family and the local community and get on with being such a beacon of brilliant thought.” Along the way there’s “Isn’t Turin a nice place to live,” and “Aren’t the Germans a bunch of hypocrites and philistines.”
All told, it is good to get down to the original manuscripts and read the text behind the title - a good exercise, but not especially rewarding since so much of this is derivative of the earlier words and this is, in total work at an apologist stage of the cycle.