Mary Reilly

Mary Reilly

by Valerie Martin

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ISBN-13: 9780375725999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2001
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 413,857
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Valerie Martin is the author of ten novels, including The Ghost of the Mary CelesteThe Confessions of Edward Day, TrespassMary ReillyItalian Fever, and Property; three collections of short fiction; and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property).

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Mary Reilly 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
Stevenson's 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' has been portrayed many times through various films, but Valerie Martin's novel takes a different viewpoint- through the eyes of Mary, Dr. Jekyll's housemaid. For those who have seen the film prior to reading, be warned that the book differs significantly on several important points. Martin's novel is original, thoughtful, and ultimately just as tragic as the original story. The reader can easily identify with Mary, who can't seem to shake off her sad past. Her relationship with Dr. Jekyll is not one of romance, but of shared unhappiness and tragedy. In Mary Dr. Jekyll sees a trustworthy servant, while Mary views the doctor as a virtuous man who can have no connection to her unhappy past. Martin does an excellent job of preserving the issues of morality and psychology that the orginal novel puts forth. I highly recommend this novel- you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is much better.
SmithSJ01 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a fabulous story about one of Dr Jekyll's domestic staff - Mary Reilly. It cleverly weaves in extracts from Robert Louis Stevenson's `Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. The length may seem short but Valerie Martin packs a lot into this story. All of the characters are wonderful and with Martin's eye for detail the imagery brings the household to life. I haven't read the original story, but know of the plot and I found it entertaining and enthralling to read about it from one of the original characters. It's a bit like looking at a painting and wondering about what really when on behind the story. Even the way in which writers of the time would put lines after the initial for street names etc has been adopted by Martin, giving it a authentic feel time wise. The ending makes you reflect on what life genuinely must've been like for domestic staff at that time and I would certainly go on to read the original classic itself plus more by the author herself. Several pleasant hours whiled away with this book. It felt authentic of it's time even by the layout and chapter dividings, let alone everything else the author succeeded with
heidilove on LibraryThing 3 months ago
an interesting take, i read this when it came out back in the 90's. not my favorite work, and I wouldn't say Martin is going to reinvent gothic literature or our understanding of women in it. An interesting attempt, nonetheless.
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