- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192834312
- ISBN-13: 978-0192834317
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Oxford Worlds' Classics: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Weir of Hermiston Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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WEIR OF HERMISTON is a sort of gothic romance novel, it is the book that Stevenson was working on when he died, and is considered by some to be one of "the great unfinished novels." I did enjoy reading it, but the story was just getting good when Stevenson finally succumbed to his lifelong health problems and died. WEIR OF HERMISTON is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's work, and it is a pity that Stevenson never got to finish it.
Is it great literature? I wouldn't say so, but rough drafts rarely are. I recommend against reading Stevenson's friends descriptions of the ending he had planned. Such testaments are inevitably trite, spoiling, and cannot be trusted anyway. Authors often change their minds about plot points, endings -- pretty much everything.
I give the book five stars, because of course DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is a brilliant literary work, and because I'm a Robert Louis Stevenson fan.
The rest is more familiar, made complex by innovative structure, ambiguous narration and a startling use of imagery. this is not a simple tale of man's good and evil side; in its admission of an ungraspable, shifting, multifarious existence, shown here in character, place and language, where metamorphosis is the only rule, we can see why Nabokov considers Stevenson a master. And yet the book also works as a lean, compelling thriller, even if, like everyone, you already know the twist. Emma Letley's introduction and notes are over a decade old, and need updating.