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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Paperback – January 24, 2019
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The true strength of the book lay in Stevenson's analysis of the nature of good and evil in mankind and the folly of trying to extract one from the other. It's also a classic example of the dangers of careless science as well as the power of addiction. Having the big reveal eternally spoiled really hurts the story and it's the book is written in a very dry Victorian manner. If you find the book a bit lacking in punch at least be assured it's a quick read.
Compared to a modern "thriller" like Stephen King, this is pretty tame. However, Stevenson has a profound understanding of the human nature. Although an atheist, Stevenson had a clearer understanding of sin than most Christians, in the heart's natural desire for it, in the vain attempts to atone for sin through good works, and in the ultimate failure to overcome it on our own. While your typical thriller on the bookshelves these days is simply trying to scare you, Jekyll and Hyde is exploring what it means to be human. This is a worthy classic that you won't regret reading.
I have been rereading Robert Louis Stevenson's works in chronological order. I have also read a good deal of his poetry. I think what strikes me thus far is the wide range of style of his writing. I really enjoy a good deal f his poetry. I struggle with a lot of poetry. So for me, liking poetry is not the norm. I find his poetry very readable and enjoyable.
Similarly, I found "Treasure Island" to be a really fun, simple read. Then I read "Price Otto". I liked it, but it is very different stylistically than "Treasure Island". I did not like "Prince Otto" as much as "Treasure Isalnd". "Price Otto" is a more sophisticated work.
Now with this work, I am back to the genuine enjoyment of reading the work. It is very readable. It is still sophisticated. I think it is more of an adult read than "Treasure Island", but just as readable. It is subtly sophisticated as is "Prince Otto", but more readable than "Prince Otto". Also, as a novella, it is not lengthy. There have been a lot of interpretations of this work. I take it for what I think it is, a very interesting story of the dual natures within us all. Thank You...