NIETZSCHE - BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
Beyond Good and Evil by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche discusses the theory of the “will to truth.” At the heart of Nietzsche’s argument is the idea that to learn the truth, a human being must question everything. Everything she or he has ever learned or observed must be reexamined.
Nothing is free from this self-interrogation, and that includes self-perception, societal teachings, and religion. Nietzsche proposes that any human being has the capability to do this, but most do not because they lack the ambition to dig through everything they have ever learned to question its validity. Nietzsche does not value those who have not the desire to delve into the deepest areas of their mind to find the truth.
JANET FITCH - WHITE OLEANDER
White Oleander is a 1999 novel by American author Janet Fitch. It is a coming-of-age story about achild (Astrid) who is separated from her mother (Ingrid) and placed in a series of foster homes. It deals with themes of motherhood.
NIETZSCHE - THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
Zarathustra, a 30-year-old sage and prophet, has retreated into the mountains. After 10 years of solitude, he emerges from his cave, wanting to descend to humanity in order to bestow his wisdom. He ventures down the mountain into a forest, where he’s surprised to encounter an old saint who doesn’t yet know that “God is dead.”
Arriving at a town, Zarathustra addresses the people who are assembled for a tight-rope walker’s performance. He tells them, “I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.” The Superman, a more mentally and spiritually evolved version of humankind, is the meaning of life; the people should believe in him instead of in heavenly hopes. However, the people just laugh at Zarathustra. Suddenly, the tight-rope walker, startled by a mocking buffoon, falls off his rope. After the tight-rope walker dies, Zarathustra carries his corpse away from the town and buries it. The next day, he realizes that his calling is not to address the people but to lure individuals away from the masses. He will find other “creators of values” and teach them about the Superman.
RAY BRADBURY - DANDELION WINE
Dandelion Wine is a meditation on mortality, memory, nostalgia, and childhood that starts on the first day of summer and ends on the last. It's a reminder of just how much living you can pack into three months if you really try—and if you have the right shoes.
JAN CREMER - I JAN CREMER
Who is Jan Cremer?Hipster, beat non-conformist par excellence. An enfant terrible who cocks a snook at society and points in his roaring, bawdy autobiography at the weaknesses and conceits of his fellow-men. This book was designed to shock and make the author a lot of money.
JAMES JOYCE - ULYSSES
Ulysses is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. Parts of it were first serialized in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and the entire work was published in Paris by Sylvia Beach on 2 February 1922, Joyce's 40th birthday. It is considered one of the most important works of modernist literature and has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement. According to Declan Kiberd, "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so foregrounded the process of thinking".
Ulysses chronicles the appointments and encounters of the itinerant Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between the poem and the novel, with structural correspondences between the characters and experiences of Bloom and Odysseus, Molly Bloom and Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus and Telemachus, in addition to events and themes of the early 20th-century context of modernism, Dublin, and Ireland's relationship to Britain. The novel is highly allusive and also imitates the styles of different periods of English literature.