Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
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pp. 118, free
Fiction/ Adventure/ Mystery

Reviewed by Maria Gouna

Very Highly recommended

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. He studied at Edinburgh University and he liked traveling in Europe. He died in 1894. Among his well-known books are “Treasure Island”, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, “Kidnapped” and “The Black Arrow”.

The story is about Dr. Jekyll, a physician who devotes himself to a series of experiments in his laboratory. Mr. Utterson, a lawyer and Dr. Lanyon are his friends but they begin to worry about him and what will happen to him when he writes a will where he states that if he dies or disappears all his possessions will pass into the hands of Edward Hyde. This is a condition that makes them suspicious because Mr. Hyde has a bad reputation of living an abnormal life and is also accused of the murder of Sir Carew Danvers. Is Dr. Jekyll helping him to get away with the murder and why? Things get even more complicated when he receives a letter of confession from Dr. Lanyon telling him that he doesn’t want to see nor hear from Dr. Jekyll anymore. In addition, Dr. Jekyll’s servants are worried about their master and ask Mr. Utterson for help. What will they find out in his laboratory? Who is really Dr. Jekyll, and who Mr. Hyde? Will Mr. Utterson find out the truth?

Divided into 10 chapters and being written in a simple style this novel is easy to read by everyone interested in classic literature. As the story unfolds, some questions remain unanswered and make the book more interesting and captivating. It is a well-constructed plot with unexpected turns and a lot of vivid descriptions either of places or human behavior. Lovers of mystery will not lose their interest because the story is full of clues and incidents that have to be solved. It is an absolutely amazing book.

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