Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson | Book Review


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson 


"Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil." The mysterious association between respectable Dr Henry Jekyll and despicable lowlife Edward Hyde is a puzzle to Dr Jekyll's friends, including his lawyer Gabriel Utterson. Where Jekyll is sociable, hardworking and pious, Hyde is a violent criminal, a wild hedonist. When Hyde beats a member of Parliament to death, Utterson is determined to discover the ties that bind the two men together.

. . Robert Louis Stevenson's account of man's capacity for evil is as powerful today as it was on first publication in 1886.


I remember as a student at secondary school being forced to read classics, for some reason, back then, i really didn't enjoy them. Now though, after many years reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction I've come to appreciate many classics including this one. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I don't recall if i read this when i was a student or not, it was many years ago but if i did i don't remember. 

I actually really enjoyed reading this classic, it was a quick read for me and given that I've seen film and TV series adaptions of it i had an idea in my head of what to expect. I also knew the term as one people use to reference peoples personalities so i had a grasp of what it was i was going to read. 

I don't know if this was why i was able to focus in more on appreciating the writing style, the details and the characterization, because i knew the story outline so in my mind i was focusing more on details? Maybe, i don't know. Whatever it was i really enjoyed reading this and I'm annoyed at myself for not having read it sooner. 

I've been doing my best to fit in reading more classics this year between the new fiction and non-fiction i have on my 'to read' list. The great thing now about working in the art & books shop is i can read at work without people thinking i'm odd! The perks of running a bookshop! 

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