The odd little story that is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was the brain child of Robert Louis Stevenson. This gothic, Victorian novel is a short but engaging novel which explores the consequences of separating one’s good side from one’s evil.
Following Mr Utterson, a London lawyer and friend of Mr Jekyll, the reader is thrown into a mystery of the changes in Dr Jekyll. Mr Hyde, a man with a repugnant reputation for heinous acts and character, seems to be accepted and even cared for by Jekyll, much to Mr Utterson’s confusion and disgust. Jekyll’s life and character change throughout the course of the book and Mr Hyde’s nature and capabilities are built upon as this decline takes place.
As the story progresses the true nature of Jekyll and Hyde’s relationship becomes clear. In the Victorian era, I can imagine this book was actually quite frightening and thrilling. However, in today’s world where a violent and bloody nature defines the horror genre, it is only an instinctual and moral horror that is felt as the plot reaches its finale.
I did enjoy reading this short little novel. Although my copy barely reached a hundred pages, it was an engaging but difficult read. I found the style of the writing difficult to absorb at times and this made this book quite challenging for me. However, I would recommend this book, especially to people who enjoy Victorian gothic and horror such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.