I had written my views on this book ‘When Nietzsche Wept‘ in my personal blog when I completed it in 2012, sometime around May end. I thought I will post it here, just in case anyone get interested in this book. Its not much but at least it will convey how I felt about this book.
“Tip: Do not read this book if you are not interested in psychology, psychoanalysis or physiology. Also do not read it if you are looking for a fast paced action or thriller. It is a thriller, no doubt, but that solely deals with the working of the minds and the thought processes. If you do not want to read about two people talking for the length of the novel, don’t even try this.
This whole week has been just this book and my work. I haven’t cooked (except for one day when I made dosa) or even watched TV for this whole week. I started this book when I was on the train to Coimbatore. After that I couldn’t touch it until I was back in Bangalore after the weekend trip. But once I resumed it, I just couldn’t control myself. Psychology always interests me. But more that that, I like intellectual conversations. Conversations that trigger thoughts. Especially when I have to just listen and not participate. Its a nice feeling. I am not good in conversations. I have often realized that I use wrong words in wrong places and hence either, make myself look stupid or, worse, hurt others. But listening to interesting and stimulating conversations (not the preachy stuff.. but the casual ones).. that, I like a lot and when I join those conversations, I somehow always questions the other person’s motives and try to find out why they think the way they think…
If you have already read this novel, you would know why I liked it. It was like being in the analysis sessions between Nietzsche and Breuer even without them knowing my presence. That is how I visualized it, or rather this novel made me visualize it. It makes you a viewer and in sorts, a participant of the process. You might also wonder if any of those questions or conversations were applicable to you? Now that I am done reading it, my head is heavy with so many thoughts and questions. Yet this book gave me a relief in one way. It confirmed my reasoning of a thought I had been having for some time now and that I should give it up now. It was interesting and comforting too.
I always thought that these ideas that we formulate in our minds are like the seeds that float in the air (I don’t know their name. The ones that are very beautiful when they float..white in color..). I thought that any idea or a thought (good or bad) will grow only if you attach importance to it. If you talk about it and cherish it and try to reside with it consciously, it will become a part of you and that is when they slowly change you (for good or for bad). If it is a good one, that is how you have to pursue it and if it is bad one, then you should not even think of it and let it die as soon as it occurs. [ I don’t know if I conveyed what I wanted to correctly..but this is my limit of expressing it 🙂 ] I may be correct or I may be wrong but if you are already deep rooted in feelings that eat away your very soul, then psychoanalysis or the talking therapy might help just as it is done in the book.
It also shows how interesting human minds can be and how it can also be manipulated to believe or not to believe. The intricate working of the minds, the effect of the mind on the body and vice versa.. Its so so interesting. I guess I can read about it all through my life time and would still be surprised.. The first time I felt that was when I read “Crime and Punishment” and then “The Alchemist” (or in the reverse order.. I am not sure)
I guess I would have to forgo reading any book till this weekend as this book has consumed all of my energy for now and have provided more thoughts to dwell upon.”