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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Genre

Victorian/gothic, science fiction, horror, mystery

Owned and read. Published in 1886.

First read (August 2012)Edit

FormatEdit

Kindle version. About 72 pages long[1].

JournalEdit

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.

RatingEdit

1

Reading recordEdit

Previous book: 'Vixit', A Study in Magic

Next book: Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendationsEdit

Links and referencesEdit

  1. The Project Gutenberg version is 138184 characters long, according to Notepad++.

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