Saturday, November 7, 2009

November Novella - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Publisher: Dover Publications

Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Horror
Paperback, 54 pages
Date Published: 1991

Description (Taken from Amazon)
Everyone has a dark side. Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his deepest cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of fog-bound London as his monstrous alter-ego. It seems he is master of his fate. It seems he is in complete control. But soon he will discover that his double life comes at a hideous price ...
This is a very short read, topping out at 54 pages. It follows the story of Dr. Jekyll and his transformation into the deeper part of his own being, Mr. Hyde. The story is told through Jekyll's good friend, Mr. Utterson.

I wish that I could say that I enjoyed this novella, but I didn't. The story is well-known, so I knew what to expect, but it was much too slow of a build up. It took me 3 days to read a 54 page story because I couldn't stay focused on it for more than 5 pages at a time. It wasn't until page 20 or so that I actually began enjoying the story. Up until then it was a lot of heavily veiled mystery and descriptions of the off-putting Mr. Hyde. Once the line between Jekyll and Hyde began to blur, the pace picked up quite a bit.

The writing is solid here and even though I didn't enjoy it, it is a classic for a reason.
I didn't like it, but I can see the allure


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