Robert Louis Stevenson wrote with a flourished prose, while keeping a very fast narrative pace, and his short stories are very good displays of his stRobert Louis Stevenson wrote with a flourished prose, while keeping a very fast narrative pace, and his short stories are very good displays of his style. My copy of the book had 3 short stories, gothic tales, I think they may be called: "The Body Snatcher", "Olalla", and "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". These were written within a two year time frame, and while sharing stylistic aspects, they vary in theme, and seem to display an evolution of style.
"The body Snatcher", a very short story involving two medical students and a shady business of buying bodies for medical study. It is a very involving tale, that, while predictable, still manages to convey a very eerie feel.
"Olalla" is more extensive, and explores the theme of hereditary traits, through the tale of a soldier that, at the advice of his doctor, recovers his health resting in a lonely house in the mountains, shared with the three strange members of a once noble family fallen from grace. I found this story to be very contemplative, and with a fairly anti-climatic ending. The ideas are there, but none as powerful or as well presented as in...
"Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" The one I was truly eager to read is a riveting story concerning the duality of the human spirit, and the idea that the side that we choose to exercise the most will be the one that will surface more often. Famous and many times adapted, it is still a fresh and exciting read, with strong pacing and characters, and a well though out and reflective narrative structure, that provides us with the account of characters, even after they have died without ever abandoning Mr. Utterson, Dr. Jekyll's lawyer and old friend.
I was very happy that the edition I own chose to include all 3 short stories, as they show a growth of style, that culminates in a strange case I won't soon forget.