Monday, October 10, 2011

Book 114: Finished.

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. ”

I sat down to read this one and ended up reading it pretty much in one solid go (I feel the need to be honest and say I fell asleep during the first time I sat down, so I started over the next time and finished it shortly after). It was a gripping story from the beginning-full of suspense, mystery, and great writing.

Okay, that might be a stretch. The writing isn't superb. Some of the "scary" or suspenseful scenes even seemed a little silly. But it was entertaining and interesting, especially because I wasn't familiar with the all.

Yes, apparently I have been living under a rock for 26 years and didn't know who Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde were.

Anyway, so I don't ruin it for anyone wanting to pick this up, I should leave my lack of knowledge behind.

Basically this is the story of Dr. Jekyll, a well-to-do man who gets caught up with the mysterious and mean Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll's friends are confused by the choices he makes concerning his relationship with Mr. Hyde and attempt to step in. Shenanigans begin and soon, events spiral out of control into a kind of pseudo-tragedy.

It was wonderful. It was thrilling in that I didn't know what was going to happen next. Stevenson managed to keep a feeling of suspense until the very end, and when I finally realized what happened, I not only felt surprised, but only slightly stupid I didn't catch on sooner. :)

I'm not sure what else to say with spoiling it all over the place. Just take away that it was a wonderfully fast read, one that kept me on my toes, and didn't give me any nightmares (I cannot say the same for Matt's new video game. I slept with the lights on last night in fear of zombies coming to eat me).

“If he be Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek.”

I do think that I am going to have to read more of Stevenson's work in the future. Sadly, there were only two titles by him on my list and I have finished them both. I suppose that is something else to look forward to in the future.

Oh, are there any good film versions of this that I should watch?


  1. I think it's great that you were able to read this without knowing too much about it. It must have been a completely different experience from mine (I knew about everything going in). Awesome!

  2. I also didn't know anything about Jekyll and Hyde when I read this. I have to say that the author does a fantastic job at setting a creepy setting and mood. But I do remember feeling like Hyde wasn't all that evil - I think it's because we're so desensitized to bad stuff now, so the stuff that was shocking back when he wrote this is kind of laughable now.

  3. I'm so glad you liked this! I read it in 2006 for the first time and just adored it. I knew a little about the story but not a huge amount and that definitely made it better. I've since reread this multiple times and read a graphic novel version too. I've never seen a movie version though - but I'd love to see the old B&W one!

  4. I am glad that you like this. I have seen a few of the movie versions of this but they all butcher it. I would say just be satisfied with the book.

  5. I've been wanting to read this book for quite sometime. I guess I should have picked it up for October. :)

  6. I don't know ANYTHING about this story, but I can't wait to read it. I own a copy and only want for time. That line you quote -- awesome!

  7. I do need to reread this one. I liked it but didn't find it spectacular...

  8. This book contains one of my favorite(?!) murder scenes of all time, when the unfortunate Sir Danvers Carew unintentionally offends Mr. Hyde on the street. Totally disturbing descriptions...

  9. I enjoyed reading this one, too. It certainly left me with a lot to think about.