Ummm... wow. This is a very typical Victorian story. Published as a novella in 1894, the press reacted badly, calling it "...degenerate and horrific...". It would be difficult for the modern reader unfamiliar with Victorian culture to understand how controversial this story really was. The characters often say "...you can't imagine the horror... the deeds..." Well, actually, we can. We get inundated with images 24 hours a day of horrific deeds. Things once thought of as "shocking and terrible" barely garner a second glance now. It's an interesting study, if nothing else, on the evolution (and degradation) of society, technology and morality.
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I read more than just classic novels. This is where I post about recent books I have read. Have you read the same book? Got a different opinion? Let me know! I'd love to hear about it.