Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The first thing a reader of thus spoke zarathustra will notice, even before He/she notices what is being said, is the manner of saying it: or rather, the excess of manner. The Book’s worst fault is excess. That this is the most forgivable of faults doesn’t change the fact That it is a fault. As it happens, excess is the one fault no one could impute to nietzsche’s Subsequent works: there concision, brevity, directness of statement are present to a degree not Even approximated by any other german philosopher (and hardly equalled by any writer of any kind). It is clear that the rhetorical-oratorical is something nietzsche was impelled to, gave way to and Thus got rid of in zarathustra: the eruption of words, metaphors, figures and word-play suggests an
Eruption of feeling. It will be our job here to try to discover why this eruption became necessary, And why just at this time (i.e. January i883), and thus to understand better what this great odd book is Really about.