“This book and story was almost perfect! It is a great read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Parents with teenage children should encourage thier child to read this type of literature.
I assume, we all know the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde. I myself had forgotten the perspective that it was told from and going back to this tome was a refreshing read. The language used was exquisite but I feel (and this is where one star is lost)that the sign of the times are catching up to this book and the younger generation will have lost something in the meanings and descriptions of characters and events that they can not relate to. Otherwise, I consider this story timeless.
The story of the battle between good and evil is as old as the concept of good and evil itself. Robert Louis Sevenson (RLS) was one of the earliest pioneers to take the battle within oneself, hence the question, do each of us have a Mr. Edward Hyde within? The prose is elegant and the story takes place in a more innocent time than that which we have today. This, I felt, made reading this book refreshing. I had forgotten the age of gentlemen and proper protocol. It felt good to step back through time.
As I had stated previously, it was good to get back to the original. Many stories of modern day are variations of this tale. The dual nature of the modern day super hero Batman (one of my favorites) can be derived from this classic tale. All in the search to define good, and its antithesis, "evil". Although, I felt that RLS was only scratching the surface of good and evil. We all have a self concept of what pure good would be. This is reflected in the spiritual way we conduct ourselves and the different denominations of worship there are worldwide, yet we do not (in my opinion) have a clearly defined notion of what pure "evil" is. It seems that mankind is not ready to accept the concept of this balance. Yet, please realize that it is "evil" that we are drawn to in the story to see what happens next. Yet here, in RLS' attempt to achieve pure evil in the characterization of Edward Hyde, the author has his character flawed. Edward Hyde makes mistakes and ultimately does not reason, which brings about the demise of both himself and Dr. Jekyll.
Again, this was a very entertaining read. I had forgotten that the perspective told was not of that of Dr. Jekyll or even Mr. Hyde but that of their lawyer, Mr. Utterson. The way all the pieces started fitting together is so simplistic, again, it was refreshing. RLS did not have to go into elaborate description to set up the plot of the book to move the story along.”