“I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. A couple of months ago I went to a local book fair, and I bought two books. Today I’m going to talk about one of them, which is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I bought this book, because the story was mentioned in one of Once Upon A Time episodes, which is my favorite show by the way, and ever since then I wanted to read the book so bad. I read the book in one sitting because it was really short, and I was too engrossed in the story and the characters to put it down. I don’t read classics that much, but this one definitely makes me want to read more in the future. Without further ado, let’s review this book!
The story is about Dr. Jekyll who is a well respected man with a good reputation. Later on, Dr. Jekyll creates a potion that transforms him into the evil version of himself, Mr. Hyde. However, Mr. Hyde has done terrible things, and while Dr. Jekyll tries to protect him, and covers up his awful doings, A lawyer named Mr. Utterson gets suspicious and starts investigating the whole thing.
To be honest, I thought this book was going to be spooky, but it wasn’t at all. It was such an intriguing read with a little bit of creepiness. I loved the attention to the little details, because I felt like I was there. I think the only character that I like is Mr. Utterson because he was so loyal to his friends. And when it comes to Dr. Jekyll, he pretends to be a good well mannered man in front of people, but the truth is that his desire to liberate his evil side grows more and more each day. And when he transforms into Mr. Hyde, he acts savagely without thinking about the consequences of his cruel actions. While, Dr. Jekyll was trying to balance out his two sides, the bad side outweighed the good side, which made his life more complicated. To wrap up my review, this book explores so many important topics, but it’s mainly about the good and bad in human nature, and how we have to live with these qualities in a balanced way. If you’re looking for a short and interesting classic book, then you’re gonna like this one.