The storytelling style, where everything is revealed through one character telling another about past events or explaining after the fact in a letter, turns an interesting concept into a tedious story to read. I suppose the meaning of what happened with the creation of Mr. Hyde and his subsequent acts could be read a lot of different ways, but I was mostly struck by how
Jekyll originally created him in order to rid himself of the last vestiges of (evil? decadence? personal indulgence? uncontrolled emotional expression?) that he was unable to suppress through sheer willpower, but found so much pleasure in the unrestrained expression of those very things in the person of Mr. Hyde that he eventually ceded control of both personalities.
I started this on audio, via Audible freebie with a very good performance by Scott Brick, but finished on ebook via public library on Libby, because the verbose writing style and retrospective storytelling style just didn’t work well on audio. My attention kept wandering to the baseball game, and I didn’t even care about either team that was playing.