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

Book review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Publisher: MacMay (March 26, 2009, Format: Kindle Edition, File Size: 83 KB (64 pages), ASIN: B0021AEIUU

Who is Mr. Hyde? Why is he so callous and what is his association with the upstanding Dr. Jekyll? This is the mystery that Mr Utterson and Mr. Lanyon explore to their detriment. Here is the legendary tale of the good and evil that exists within us and what can happen when we do not control the corrupt side of our nature.

Robert Louis Stevenson  wrote numerous novels, short stories and poems  including Treasure Island as well as the novella of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde which was first published in 1886. The majority of the story is told in a third person narrative from the point of view of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer who is observing his friend Dr. Jekyll and the mysterious Mr. Hyde.  The end of the story moves over into a first person narrative by Mr. Lanyon, another friend of Dr. Jekyll and finally by Dr. Jekyll himself. These final narratives are related in the form of letters that Mr. Utterson has received from each of the parties.

The story is well told in an interesting manner. It almost seemed as though we were being told some juicy gossip since the story is about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but is told through the eyes of Mr. Utterson. At times the writing was truly inspiring and I loved the word descriptions. The portrayal of Mr. Hyde is a good out-picturing of evil in human form and the examination of  Dr. Jekyll’s inner conflict is captivating.

This is a standalone story which builds up to an interesting conclusion. Although most of us are familiar with this story, I still recommend you read the book, because it is well worth the time, especially since it is a quick read.
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2 thoughts on “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson”

  1. Terrific review. I know this story, but I don’t think I have ever read it. I love that you said it feels like you are hearing a bit of gossip and that it is a fast read! I have added this to my list and I look forward to reading it!

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