Title: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Series: Word Cloud Classics
In: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Short story collections
Publisher: Word Cloud Classics
5th sentence, 74th page: “I have to thank you,” said he, “for your extraordinary patience.”
A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. Full of mystery and fright, this story has remained popular for more than a century and has been adapted countless times — over 132 in film alone. An instant success and popular with students of morality, this thrilling tale is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, making it a chic and affordable addition to any library.
An amazing collection of lyrical tales of crime, psychology and the horrors of humanity. I love that Stevenson takes the modern setting of London at that time, the common, everyday livelihoods and creates a dark and twisted tale. There are so many layers within these stories that create a world in which I am constantly questioning my daily life. Even over a hundred years after these stories were published.
One of the things that I always enjoy about classics is that fact that they have multiple layers and realities which you can sink your teeth into. These tales can be read again, and again, and again and there will always be a new layer you can find. I suppose that’s why they’re classics. But this collection has certainly moved to the top of my list of favourite classics… it’s just that little bit darker, and that little bit more twisted.