The strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde broadview literary texts by robert louis stevenson you think you knowDocument Transcript
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Broadview Literary Texts) by Robert Louis Stevenson Pure Evil Beats Mostly GoodThe young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares ofliving a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor andby night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In threedays of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence.His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. Inanother three days, he wrote it again. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll andMr. Hyde was published as a shilling shocker in 1886, and became aninstant classic. In the first six months, 40,000 copies were sold. QueenVictoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. WhenStevenson and his family visited America a year later, they were mobbedby reporters at the dock in New York City. Compulsively readable from itsopening pages, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is still one of the best tales everwritten about the divided self. This University of Nebraska Press editionis a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based onthe original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitalson the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable fontthat is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword inwhich she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a mythopoetic figure likeFrankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and comparesStevensons creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde,and Dickens. This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings byrenowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreteras well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains theprocess by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings,is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, I went so far as tohave my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as beinginappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and,like Stevenson, not show Hydes face. (Also recommended: the edition ofFrankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster
Alright, so Ive never read this book before (terrible I know). My SecretSanta bought me this book, along with a bunch of others, as my presentand I finally had time to read it.The plot is straightforward, starting off with a problem before graduallygrowing into heightened suspense that pulls and leaves hints all over theplace towards the climax. Of course since this is a classic, much of the plottwists are already known to the well read, so it wasnt much of a shock, butit was interesting nonetheless. The metaphor/symbolism doesnt reallyshow itself until the very end where it blazes loud and clear with the writerssubtle metaphors, or maybe not so subtle. Its written in 3rd omniescent,before the end where it switches over to 1st.I actually like how the story revolved around two people investigating theactual main character of the book (or rather the person the story is about)versus it just being about the person and his descent into the clutches ofevil. It was refreshing and gave every character their equal time in thespotlight. The themes of this book are very skillfully p layed throughsuccinct prose. It wasnt overstated, nor written in a dense, complex waythat makes the reader pause and think a bit more harder than needed. Thewriting was simple, direct, and to the point without being bogged down byexcess descriptions or philosophical/political musings.Another plus was that the chapters were very short, so this book is a superfast read, not to mention that its only 54 pages long. I mean, if you cant sitdown and read that, I dont know what else to say. Okay, sure p erhaps thefont is a wee bit too small, and there is a lot more semicolons in hissentences than any other story Ive seen, but that shouldnt detract you.The only real section that tends to drag was the final chapter, which wasfrom the perspective of Henry Jekyll. My mind started to wander a lot and Ifound myself skimming a lot of the passages. (Okay, so maybe I was tiredand reading this around 1:30 in the morning) Its probably because therewas such a great buildup to the climax and when we get to his chapterwere stuck reading about how he grew up and blah blah blah that wasntdirectly attached with the ending. I mean, we want to know what happens,not how he was raised! By the middle of the chapter is when the real meatof the story comes to its conclusion and I had my eyes glued to everyword, even though I had contemplated sleeping a few minutes earlier.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes toread, and if you wanted to try some classics out, this would probably bethe easiest of them to do. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Broadview Literary Texts) by Robert Louis Stevenson - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!