Top positive review
A profound and duly challenging read
Reviewed in Australia on 21 July 2019
Unlike many other philosophers considered belonging to the 'western canon', Nietzsche takes great pleasure in shrouding his ideas in so much irony so as to make his true philosophical leanings almost indiscernible to the casual reader (unless, of course, you are willing to sit and labour over each aphorism for an hour). The penguin classics edition of this text muddies the water of Nietzsche's meaning even further by providing one of the most verbose and wordy translations of an already assuredly verbose author; be warned, casual reader! 'Beyond Good & Evil' is not an easy book to read, and it's an even less simple one to truly comprehend the exhaustive meaning of -- but it still functions as by far the most accessible of Nietzsche's writings, for the uninitiated. As for his ideas, I'm not a huge fan myself (he has a habit of relying all too heavily on ad hominem to get his 'points' across) but still, as one of the world's greatest thinkers (and an insatiable wit to match), Nietzsche's writing is, and always will be, undeniably worth reading -- even if just for Nietzsche's devilishly cynical sense of humour.