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Mary Reilly (1990)

por Valerie Martin

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From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid.Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary Reilly is a survivor -- scarred but still strong -- familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she'll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.… (mais)
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I really enjoyed this. It's been a while since I read Jekyll and Hyde but I recalled enough that I recognised the flow of the tale. I'm often ambivalent about retellings of a story (way too may times where it feels as though an author is taking the mickey) but this one did work.

I can't deny that it's a short enough story (around 250 pages) but that made it perfect for a light read. ( )
  Damiella | Aug 18, 2020 |
Loved this! 4.5 ( )
  Layla.Natasha | Nov 10, 2019 |
This is a wonderful illumination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, told from the perspective of the housemaid. Valerie Martin somehow inhabits the original at the same time she makes it new, and the result is a fresh gothic tale that's steeped in the original horror. Martin is an incredibly sure-handed writer, and her prose sings. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
Take-off on Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, from the point of view of the servant girl who tended fires and was abused by her father, himself a monster. Interesting twist on morality and evil, and how evil is only the potential of redemption, though never forgiveness from its victims. ( )
  sungene | Jul 12, 2016 |
Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary Reilly is a survivor -- scarred but still strong -- familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she'll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible. Summary HPL

I love it when an author reimagines a well-known story--here THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE--from a disenfranchised character's point of view--here a servant girl employed in Dr. Jekyll's household. Ms Martin's tale adheres respectfully to the tone and pace of Stevenson's, almost a companion volume to the original. No sooner had I finished the last page than I rushed to get a copy of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, eager to prolong my visit to that era of invention and philosophical debate. Sadly, I was hard put to finish it, even in the audiobook version. Although published in 1886, the attitudes--perhaps intentionally--portrayed by the author might have belonged to a time 50 years earlier. Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, published in 1818, another gothic novel of scientific experiments, seems more modern!

In MARY REILLY, Ms Martin has, dare I say it, improved upon Stevenson's original with fresh insight and deeper psychology. Entertaining and well composed!

7.5 out of 10 Highly recommended to readers of Robert Louis Stevenson' fiction and Victorian fiction. ( )
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From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid.Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary Reilly is a survivor -- scarred but still strong -- familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she'll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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