Title: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
In: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Other Strange Tales (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Fantasy
Publisher: Kingsford Editions
5th sentence, 74th page: And still the figure had no face, or one that baffled him and melted before his eyes; and thus it was that there sprang up and grew apace in the lawyer’s mind a singularly strong, almost an inordinate, curiosity to behold the features of the real Mr Hyde.
In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.
This is one of those classics that I know the rough outline for, the message and the idea. I’ve just never before had a chance to read it. And, after reading multiple mentions of it in The Girl in the Steel Corset, I decided that enough was enough and I needed to open this story. And, yes, there’s a reason that it’s a well-known classic.
Although I knew the general gist of Dr Jekyll’s affliction, the way in which the story unfolded still had me wondering what was going to happen next. The entirety of the tale is written from the outside perspective, there is fear and confusion about what is happening in Jekyll’s hidden world, but his friends are still clueless as to the extent of his affliction.
We all have a secret, dark side. One that is impulsive and not quite socially acceptable. However, most people tend to keep this aspect of themselves hidden and under control. After all, we can’t just succumb to our inner desires and whims. In the case of Dr Jekyll, his wish to find and embrace this side of himself leads to a split personality – literally.
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