Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ReView of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson

Why am I mentioning the use of commas and semicolons?  Well, that is one of the most prominent aspects of Stevenson's writing in this book.  I was actually really impressed and quite pleasantly captured by the use of the commas and semicolons.  It's kind of funny, now that I think about it.  I mean, how could this be the main thing I am thinking of as I look back on this fiction?  But I think it's probably because I also have tendency to use a lot of commas, and I have wondered for a long time when the time will be that I will find a great piece of fiction with an extended use of commas that could lift me out of this cloud of uneasiness over my use of commas.  And I think this is the book.  I feel much more at ease now about using commas, and in fact proud as well because I just read a piece of fiction that was well written and much of that is due to the use of commas and semicolons, in my opinion.  Anyway, I should probably get past this, there a bigger picture at stake.

What was this book about? Is there a person out there that doesn't know about 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?'  Probably not.  Nevertheless, I feel like I should state, just briefly, the main plot.  Well, the short version anyway.  Dr. Jekyll an Mr. Hyde are really the same person, only they represent the dual personalities of the main character Dr. Jekyll.  Sort of along the lines of the 'split personality' disorder.  One is good and the other is evil.  Simple right?  So, where is the core of this book?

It's supposed to be in the depiction of the 'gripping struggle of two opposing personalities-one essentially good, the other evil- for the soul of one man.'  But I didn't quite feel it.  I got it cerebrally, but I didn't really feel it.  Stevenson is a really great writer, but I don't think he was the best story teller in this fiction piece.  You can debate this, for sure.

Overall, though, I thought this is a really easy and entertaining read, but then again it all depends on your definition of 'easy' and 'entertaining.'  What I mean to say, I guess, is that it's only 50-70pages long depending on which version you get, mine is 54 pages, and it's well worth your time.  Really great writing, in my opinion, I just wasn't so enthused about the plot, but then again it is a short fictional story, how much can you really tell in 54 pages.

It was a nice read, all in one day....

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