Genre: Fiction, Classics, Horror, Suspense
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; the words conjure up all sorts of images in my mind, mostly from the theatrical and cinematic depictions I've seen at different times in my life. I thought I knew the story well, and so I didn't expect to find myself surprised by much in the novel. How wrong I was!
The novel is interesting, because there are so many aspects of the story that are left to the imagination of the reader. Mr. Hyde's appearance, as well as his misdeeds, are never defined in black and white, but are instead only alluded to in a manner that almost makes them more horrifying. I was also intrigued with the complicated nature of the character of Dr. Jekyll, a man who desires to be seen as an upstanding individual, but is in many ways somewhat fascinated by the evil aspects of his nature.
I found this to be a great read, and far more thought provoking than I had anticipated. It is a very short read, around 100 pages, but provides plenty of "meat" for the reader to chew on. If you haven't taken the opportunity to try this book before, I would recommend it as a very enjoyable read. This has been a great start to my Classics Reading Challenge for 2008, and has left me thirsting for more!