Robert L. Stevenson – Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
I know you were wondering and as this is my jubilean 10th book, it is only appropriate to give the audience what are they asking for. The pages you see in my cover video are from none other book than this jewel.
This disturbingly accurate description of a man’s duality problem combined with a superb writing skills and chilling story is a recipe for your good times.
There are few, mostly British, authors being able to make you literally feel the chill in your bones while you read them. Your glasses, if you have one, get fogged, your skin starts to resemble that of a goose and you inevitably end up getting a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. That’s when you know you are in the good place. 1880’s London is a good place to be, especially if you happen to be in your living room.
You should actually read this one even if you don’t like to read. It’s a short book leaving you with lots to think and talk about. It’s a good trade-off!
(Why does it have only 8.5 then? Remember, 8.5 is a lot!)
Favourite line: “I learned to recognise 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; and from an early date, even before the course of my scientific discoveries had begun to suggest the most naked possibility of such a miracle, I had learned to dwell with pleasure, as a beloved daydream, on the thought of the separation of these elements. If each, I told myself, could be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust might go his way, delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure, and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil.“