Book Review: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Rating: 3.5/5

I don’t really know what I expected from this book. I bought the book a few years ago, for $5 and expected the 300+ page novel to be entirely devoted to the Dr. Jekyll story.

When I first read it a few months ago, I was a little disappointed that the story was maybe a third of the bok, and the rest was filled with other short stories written by Stevenson.

I did enjoy Dr. Jekyll, but I think the lack of surprise ruined it for me. I think most people know that Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde. If that isn’t something you knew then maybe the book would be a better experience for you.

I think that most books written before 2000 are still a surpirise for the most part, at least for me. Some of the classical books, Tom Sawyer, Dr. Jekyll, Moby Dick, are so well known thugh, that they inspire other creative works throughout time and most people know the general premise and the surprise is already ruined if they ever read the books.

There are a lot of books that are very well written, and have an interesting premise that are written in the 1800s and early 1900s, that a lot of people don’t know about because they didnt receive the celebrity status.

The reason I rated Dr. Jekyll a 3.5 was because I knew the mystery already. When I finished, I imagined people sitting in their chair, reading this by candlelight and being amazed at the realization that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one and the same. I mostly read it on a smelly bus crowded with people, and knew the entire time who Mr. Hyde was.

From what I remember, I first found out about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde after watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which ruined the surprise for many mythical characters in novels for me.

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Overall it was a good book, but the lack of surprise and length brought the score down for me.

What are some of your favourite classics? Let me know in the comments. I think my favourite has to be the Adventure of Huckleberry Finn.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book about some not so good inventions throughout history.

 

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