The last time I read STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE(the true title) was when I was very much younger. I liked it well enough, but my favorite Stevenson work was, and still is, TREASURE ISLAND. It had everything a young boy liked. Pirates, adventure, and pirates.
Not really a forgotten book, more likely an ignored book by today’s younger readers, I decided to reread this one after so long for Patti’s Forgotten Books meme this week because I covered one of the many film versions for Todd Mason's Overlooked Movies Tuesday past.
One of the most adapted works, whatever the medium, of all time, none I’ve ever seen was close to the book. You know the story. Man delves into areas best left alone and pays the ultimate price, being caught up in the evil desires of his Edward Hyde persona, a creature freed of all moral compass. Jekyll is usually portrayed as a young man with hubris that gets his comeuppance in the end. In the book, I hadn’t remembered, Jekyll is an older man. Hyde is a short fellow not really malformed. But the aura of evil he gives off make people in his presence uncomfortable.
If you haven’t read this one, recommended.
For more forgotten books, check out Patti Abbott over at Pattinase on Friday.