|Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde|
Victorian/gothic, science fiction, horror, mystery
Owned and read. Published in 1886.
First read (August 2012)Edit
Kindle version. About 72 pages long.
Recommended by Ceri during our weekend in Tideswell at the end of January 2012. We were watching The Incredible Hulk on TV and I pondered aloud the similarities, she said that not only isn't Hyde (or whichever one it is) a monster, he's actually smaller and younger than Jekyll. I acquired it on my Kindle by downloading all of the author's works (it was the only free option).
I read the first few pages after finishing the second chapter of On the Origin of Species on a camping holiday with the same friends (in the Brecon Beacons) over the Easter weekend of 2012 (6th-9th April), but my Kindle broke and I didn't get around to returning to it until August 6th, after finishing A Study in Magic.
Finished it on the 10th of August at work. I realised towards the end that I hadn't once considered it from the point of view that Jekyll and Hyde's connection was unknown, and that the scene in which it is revealed was probably a Big Reveal. Strange how you can completely miss the mood of a story because it's so well known, without even realising it. I thought it was an alright book, fun to read as a quality 19th century novella, I just wish I'd read it as if I didn't know how Jekyll and Hyde were connected.
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