15 December 2015

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Pages: 144
Genre: Classic, Mystery
Book Description: 
In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde

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My Opinion:
This is a classical novel about Multiple Personality Disorder in which one character is good and the other is evil. This is a psychological topic that really fascinates me so it was great to read about this!

I was actually surprised by the length and how short it is. From what I'd previously heard, it sounded like it'd be a longer book but it's actually very short, meaning I was able to whiz through it in a day!

I really enjoyed reading this. There was an interesting mystery, although slightly predictable, that's understandable due to the time period it was written. I also liked the fact that we, as an audience, knew about the event (I'm trying so hard not to say spoilers hahaha!) but the characters didn't, so it was good to watch them unravel it.

The characters were well-written and I really enjoyed the differences in their personalities. The writing in this novel is fantastic. Because it's a classical novel and written in the late 1800s, I assumed that the writing would be old-fashioned and difficult to understand but it really isn't.

I certainly recommend this to anyone interested in psychological disorders as well as those that enjoy classics, short stories and mystery novels!

Favourite Quotes:

"If he be Mr. Hyde" he had thought, "I shall be Mr. Seek"


There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul


Some day...after I am dead, you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. I cannot tell you

Rating ★ 
5 out of 5 stars 

Next book I'm going to review:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger


  1. The classics are great as reminders of how far our story telling has evolved. I have visited many of the classics as references and reading for something I am working on. There are poetic descriptions that still echo for me in such works as: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and House of The Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. All writers should be grateful to those who have gone before us and shown us the way.

    1. I completely agree! It's so interesting to see what the language was like during those times. I've become a great fan of classic novels recently and am actually reading Moby Dick at the moment! I'm really enjoying it so there will be a review soon :)

  2. I actually want to start reading more classics and since you like this one so much, im adding it to the list! Great review Jen!

    1. Thanks Mal! It's definitely a good place to start if you want to get into them because it's so short:) Let me know what you think when you get round to reading it!


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