This alternative version of Robert Louis Stevenson's THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is seen through the eyes of Dr. Jekyll's maid, Mary Reilly, in her journal entries. Abused as a child, grateful for the position as maid in the doctor's house, and attracted by his gentle and respectful ways, Mary Reilly witnesses Jekyll's tragic ...
This alternative version of Robert Louis Stevenson's THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is seen through the eyes of Dr. Jekyll's maid, Mary Reilly, in her journal entries. Abused as a child, grateful for the position as maid in the doctor's house, and attracted by his gentle and respectful ways, Mary Reilly witnesses Jekyll's tragic transformation and ultimately comes to know his secret. The parallels between the abused Mary and her ravaged employer lend the novel an extra magnitude of psychological insight, but MARY REILLY can also be read simply as a harrowing thriller. The book was made into a 1996 movie, starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich.
Grade: C. Catalog: Fiction Historical Synopsis: 244 pages. Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary is a sur...
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-08 Mary Reilly, housemaid and devoted friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll, senses pk that something is dreadfully wrong with the weary and laboratory-obsessed scientist, who has hired Edward Hyde as his assistant. ``Spare and atmospheric, this story is a dark, absorbing symphony; Mary Reilly is an unforgettable character,'' PW said. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1989-12-08 From its startling first scene to the final, provocative paragraph, this highly original view of the Jekyll and Hyde story is a feat of narrative engineering. Mary Reilly is a housemaid in the Victorian London home of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a thoughtful, silver-haired scientist who, in the eyes of his servants, often overexerts himself in his nearby laboratory; nor are these worries assuaged when ``Master'' announces he has hired Edward Hyde as an assistant. Mary's remarkable self-possession and intelligence are matched by a commitment to the duties of her station and her devotion to Master, whose weariness seems to worsen. Drawn to her wit and forthrightness, Jekyll establishes a more personal relationship with Mary. Her growing attachment to Master, her ever-so-slowly dawning realization that something is dreadfully wrong and her determined belief in her own good judgment propel the plot with unobtrusive forcefulness. Spare and atmospheric, this story is a dark, absorbing symphony; Mary Reilly is an unforgettable character. Martin's ( The Consolation of Nature ; A Recent Martyr ) striking imagination grows more powerful with each of her accomplished novels. BOMC featured alternate; QPB selection; film rights to Guber-Peter/Warner Bros. (Feb.)
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