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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales o... by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Sep 10, 2011

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Read from September 07 to 10, 2011

Nothing like settling down with an old classic and being brilliantly surprised. Jekyll and Hyde is one of those stories where you think you know it all after the countless interpretations rolled out year after year. The story starts as a mystery. We are told of peoples' strange interactions with a new resident of London. The dwarfish and creepy Edward Hyde. As a lawyer known as Mr Uterrson investigates he discovers there is a strong link between this Mr Hyde and the well respected Dr Jekyll. When Mr Hyde is implicated in a murder it becomes necessary to find this strange man. At the halfway point it switches to Dr Jekyll's versions of events and I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that Hyde and Jekyll are one and the same. What's great is that Jekyll's motive is to isolate all the evil and malevolence inside every human being, but as we soon see, this anger and aggression is part of human nature and is almost healthy in a way. Hyde represents the horror of bottling it all up. It soon becomes an addiction and Jekyll becomes the alter ego and becomes almost a distant memory. It does build up the suspense and works splendidly in its execution. It's no wonder that this is known by all, as it has an important message hidden in a fun and simple story.
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