Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Week Reading Part Two



Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson.  I finally got around to reading this 1886 novella, and I was a little disappointed. The idea was brilliant, but Stevenson's choice to have everything filtered through Jekyll's lawyer, Utterson, gives the story a stogy, constricted, airless feel. The story gets back on track and finishes strong in the last part, but meanwhile, what a slog.

Rather than the text, I wish I had picked up the Classics Illustrated version pictured above, or taken in the 1930s Fredric March movie.

 Next October, I think I'll read Valerie Martin's 1990 novel, Mary Reilly which tells the famous tale  from the viewpoint of a female servant in Henry Jekyll's house.

3 comments:

Jeane said...

Hm. I've heard so much about this one, always wanted to get around to reading it. I didn't know that about the viewpoint. It will certainly color my expectations.

Sam Sattler said...

I love those old Classics Illustrated and had a ton of them when I was a kid. I've been acquiring a few nice copies again as an adult, but they are getting harder to find and more expensive all the time. If you have a collection of them, hold on to them.

Care said...

I think read Mary Reilly and THEN read the 'original'. I can't recall my feelings on it other than being glad to knock a classic off the list.