Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.
Though tarnished somewhat by inappropriate adoption by the Nazi movement in the mid-20th century, Zarathustra remains an immensely important and influential work, particularly as it exhorts the individual to question standard conventions of society in order to pursue a truly ethical and spiritual path.
After 10 years in solitude in the mountains, Zarathustra decides it is time to return to the world so that people can benefit from the fruits of his pondering: 'I would like to bestow and distribute, until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and the poor happy in their riches.'
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a challenging text, but once encountered and absorbed, it cannot be forgotten for both its content and style.
Translation: Thomas Common - revised and updated.
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Yes, if you've ever wondered if the prose of this book could ever been properly and well delivered. Then this is it! Christopher Oxford gives maximum effort and does a magnificent job of really paying attention to the text and appears to fully appreciate and understand it. This culminates in a listening experience that is enjoyable and helps get across some of the nuances of the text. I don't believe this has been as well as this before. If you want to hear this book with a different perspective on delivery - then look no further and get this version without hesitation!
I grabbed this version because the more popular version had complaints regarding the narration, and I couldn't be happier.
The narrator does all the different voices from old women to donkeys. He's very expressive and doesn't hold back. Very engaging for such a massive work. I finished it in 2 days.
Bravo to Christopher Oxford!
"A Great Book and Exceptional Reading"
This is Nietzsche's greatest work appealing to the ordinary man and non-philosopher as well as one of my most favorite works for its depth and passion. A must for any lover of excellent literature. It would have been easily a five star rating overall, except for the text of an old translation (one of the first in English) by Thomas Common. Newer translations, and there are many, are more flowing and readable but the main conceptions are still intact. Most definitely a must buy for anyone interested in some of the greatest writing and philosophical concepts of our times. Highly recommended.
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