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Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: book review


If you think you don’t need to read the book because you know the story, you’re wrong. You are so wrong. And so was I.

I decided to start tackling the huge books-you-must-read list with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as I thought it would be an easy read, I knew what was going to happen and it would put me one book closer to 1000.

It was indeed an easy read, but not what I expected.

 

Let’s start with the fact that it’s not a horror story, it’s a mystery. And a very good one at that. The book is based on the premise of shocking the reader with its completely unexpected twist: that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person. Big problem: everyone knows that already! But if you read the book with the thought that you are not supposed to know that, then you can enjoy it.

Another thing I realized, and I’m not entirely sure why my brain didn’t make the connection before, is that this Stevenson is the same Stevenson who wrote Treasure Island. Two such very different books, it’s hard to see how they both came from the same author.

 

Back to the book (this is supposed to be a review after all) I was surprised at the physical appearance of the characters, especially Hyde. I’ve grown up knowing him to be monster-like, I didn’t expect what I found in the book.

 

Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is considered a novel, but it runs more as a longish short story. I didn’t read the book, I listened to the audio book and it came a few minutes short of 3 hours. Despite being so short, the pace is good, the story doesn’t feel rushed and you don’t get bored either.

Truth be told, I enjoyed the book more as a description of the Victorian society than anything else. Most books I’ve read of the era are either romance or adventure oriented, it was a nice change to come across what would now be called a paranormal thriller. The view of the world you get is completely different.

 

All in all Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a nice little book, it won’t change your world or bore you to death. Short enough that you can read in a couple commutes or on the plane to your holidays or whenever your husband decides that golf is an exciting sport and expects you to sit through the whole open of Augusta.
If nothing, it will show you how inaccurately classics are portrayed in our society, which is always a good conversation starter for the next Come Dine With Me session your husband drags you to with his new golf mates.

 

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Resources for Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Loius Stevenson


A bit delayed due to house moving, but here it is, reading guides and questions for Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:

 

It’s very hard to find book club oriented questions. Apparently this books is not a hit with book clubs, maybe because the story is so well-known that everyone thinks there’s no point in reading it.

 

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Book pick: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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After finishing Brave New World and going through the list of 1000 novels to read, I decided that my next book would be Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I can’t believe I’ve never read this book. I haven’t even read excerpt while in school, which talks very badly of my teachers.

In any case, I am going to read it now. Or rather, listen to it. As in tomorrow we (husband and me) move houses and I’ll be busy trying to tidy things up while he is busy trying to make money, so an audiobook will keep me entertain while I unpack boxes and try to make clothes fit in the new wardrobes.

As with Brave New World, I’ll post resources for Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde later today.

 

I just noticed that the audiobook is less than 3 hours long, so this will be a very quick listen.

 

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