This is going to be a very short review, not just because it is a short novel (approximately 70 pages depending on version) but because it has already been reviewed and dissected to death.
I LOVE THIS STORY!
It is a wonderful, complex yet easy to read thriller. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t know the basic premise of human duality that embodies The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The basic plot concerns a well-respected doctor who struggles and sometimes gives in to his baser urges. Those urges are never specified which makes this story so compelling. Every reader can relate to the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We all have vices (I hope) of which we are not always proud. But how we deal with them is what makes us the interesting, complex creatures that we are. With regards to Dr. Jekyll, he tries to physically separate his “angel” from his “fiend”; the result being a caricature of a man who is physically deformed and reviled by society, yet revels in his singular pursuit of pleasure.
The struggle of good versus bad seems to be an age-old story, but Robert Louis Stevenson brings it to a personal level that anyone can understand and relate to. Like Hyde, I revel in many of my vices; I make no apologies for them, nor do I intend to give them up anytime soon.
Even if you know this story from other genres, please take an afternoon to read the original The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You won’t regret it.