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108 years old and still brilliant!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Like most people I knew the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and for this reason Stevenson's book was never top of my to read list. However, by taking this attitude I was making a big mistake. Even though I knew the ultimate conclusion I still couldn't put this book down. The atmosphere of chilling intrigue and dread that runs throughout the novella kept me on edge constantly. The narration is by the characters, including Dr. Jekyll himself, this adds a desperate anxiety to the narrative and as the plot unfolds this mode of narration creates in the reader a strange mixture of empathy and a hungry desire for the horrific details to be revealed.
After reading the book I was left with a feeling of unease, which I put down to the fact that what Stevenson was essentially writing about, false respectability, the paradox between what one needs/wants to do and what society demands and our unwillingness to address these factors, are not simply bygone symptoms of a repressive Victorian society, these are issues that are as endemic today as they were then.