Jekyll vs Hyde
December 14, 2011
I recently checked another book off of my "I can’t believe I’ve never read this" list. This time, it was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the classic short tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In case you were thinking too highly of me, I read the "Whole Story" kids edition with pictures and side notes about Victorian life (which were really helpful).
The story has had such an impact on our culture that everyone knows who Jekyll and Hyde are, so I was curious to see how they played out in the story. Stevenson does a first-rate job of using the characters to depict the dualities of human nature: rational or irrational, peaceful or violent, human or animal. The story moves fast and is actually quite short and enjoyable.
If you find this sort of story appealing, you might want to try another novel from about the same time: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. Or, if you have some books on your own "I can’t believe I’ve never read this" list, you might want to consider joining us for our 6-in-12 challenge.
See you in the stacks,