Wednesday, July 19, 2023

*Review* The Bodysnatcher and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson


Genre: Horror
Published: 1884
Pages: 32

In the Scottish canon to be placed alongside Robert Burns is high praise indeed but it’s a rightful place for one of Scotland’s finest novelists.

Born in 1850 he managed to cram much into his 44 years, travelling widely to France, The United States, Samoa and the South Seas. Of course he is widely feted for his classics Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, Treasure Island and poetry volumes such as A Child’s Garden Of Verses.

This volume centres on his short stories. They are somewhat dark bringing a chill to the air and a race to the heart.

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I received a copy of this audiobook through Audiofile Magazine's summer reading program for teens. This is my honest review. 

I listened to this audiobook while cooking dinner and doing dishes (it was fairly short even though it included several stories) and feel like I really ought to listen to it again. While I remember the list of most of the stories (I think), I feel like my attention was going in enough different directions that I don't really feel like I retained the stories as I prefer to. They largely don't feel like they landed for me. But the idea of doing that doesn't fill me with dread (although that may be partially because the audiobook is so short). 

The stories contained in this collection are very dated, but that's to be expected since the book is over 100 years old. It's possible that that separation is part of why the stories didn't really stick with me after the book was finished though. It's also possible that this is a case where I would have benefited more on a personal level from actively reading the stories rather than listening to them. 

Overall I give The Bodysnatcher and Other Stories 3.68 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis BorgesErnest HemingwayRudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon.

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