Title: The Suicide Club
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
In: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Crime
Publisher: Word Cloud Classics
5th sentence, 74th page: And they awaited the event in silence, the Doctor shaking with fear, the Colonel in an agony of sweat.
Short story trilogy involving a club for people who wish to end their lives. The “Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts,” “Story of the Physician and the Saratoga Trunk,” and “The Adventure of the Hansom Cab” chronicle the exploits of Prince Florizel of Bohemia and Colonel Geraldine through some of 19th-century London’s most dangerous haunts.
I really loved this novella. It was basically three short stories that had the common thread of the villain and the hero. The hero being the Prince and the villain the perpetrator of the Suicide Club. Written in the lyrical fashion that I’m starting to associate with Stevenson, it’s kind of a fun journey through London and Paris. With a heavy dose of mystery and crime thrown in.
There is something soothing about reading Stevenson right before bed (even if it is a tale called The Suicide Club). But, what I really liked about this tale is that it was kind of three different tales, and therefore it was a good way to finish up three days. I didn’t really wonder what was going to happen next, because each time there was a conclusion of sorts. But I also looked forward to picking up my book at the end of a long day and losing myself in Stevenson’s words.
I’m sure that there is a profound commentary on the extravagancies of daily life that I could tweeze out of The Suicide Club. And the idea just sit just outside of my awareness. But it is such an enjoyable story and was so much fun, that quite honestly, I don’t feel like thinking any further about it at all.
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