Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 236
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic story, with a plot that most people know already – put simply, the titular character finds himself transforming into somebody else, somebody who you wouldn’t want to mess with. It’s a great story, as is evidenced by the fact that it’s been immortalised in popular culture through various parodies and adaptations.
My copy also included a number of other stories, which were a lot of fun to read – it surprised me to find out just how short Jekyll and Hyde is. It’s not even the length of a novella – it’s a little shorter than that. In fact, this collection is essentially a collection of short stories, one of which happens to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I’d recommend reading it, but only just the once – it can be a little heavy going at times, and Stevenson’s writing style isn’t for everyone. Still, it’s part of the canon of classical literature, and every serious reader ought to check it out. Even if you don’t like it as much as I did, it’s a short book and so you don’t need to make a huge time commitment. You could even read just the one short story, although that would be harsh on the others.