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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  5,136 ratings  ·  247 reviews
Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate - and eliminate - human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dramatically brings to life a science-
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1886)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories turned out to be a relatively quick read. Here are my thoughts on these stories:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This was a little different than I expected. It's rather introspective, if that's an appropriate word. The emphasis is not on the action or the dirty deeds that Mr. Hyde perpetrates. Instead, the focus is on the duality of the natures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In truth, they are not separate men. They are two di
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Trevor
I can’t really tell you what I was expecting when I started this story – except, of course, that I wasn’t quite expecting what I got.

This is another of those ‘classic tales’ that I’ve long assumed I’ve known, but never have really known at all. I had images in my head of foaming test tubes or beakers and of hair spouting from the backs of hands. To be honest, I also had visions of lots of sex too. Unlike Frankenstein, this story mostly lives up to what I guess could be called its image in the po
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Jason
Nov 08, 2014 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, gothic, thriller lovers
Recommended to Jason by: It was a cheap purchase.
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Shannon
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

This is also available at my blog, 149 Novels.

There's a popular question: if you could choose a super power, would you choose flight, or invisibility? The question is deceptive, because it's not just about entering the world of comic book heroes. It's about why you want that power. People who want to fly want to get someplace quickly, want to stop paying for transportation, and want to show off. In an episode of This American Life, one man specifically says that a
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Cindy
Party of my creepy Halloween reads. boo!

Just a quick note: Jeckyll & Hyde was fairly entertaining, filled with the archaic Victorian verbal effluvia. "It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of March, with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her, and flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture." Oh those lawny textures! As usual with these old stories, the mechanisms of the story telling (from the POV of a 3rd party, the tale in retrospect, and telling instea
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Jekyll and Hyde is one of those stories that everyone 'knows' but very few people actually have read. I was well aquainted with the general idea of the story from it's various permutations, but this is the first time I read it. One of the major differences is that in almost every version I can think of, Hyde is some hulking brute, but in the story he's actually smaller, physically. I found that interesting, and odd.

Other than that, though, I wasn't entirely enthralled with the story - mostly, I
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Jaclyn
Confession - I joined a new book club. I felt like I was cheating on my California book club. I promise I was thinking about them while we discussed the duality of man - the carnal and the supernal. This concept is one those universal battles that all people face- though many do not acknowledge the battle between being their best self and indulging in life's pleasures. Dr. Jekyll is a good man with a good idea about separating our dueling selves, but of course, it does not work out the way he pl ...more
Sam
A brilliantly written collection of stories that reflect the complexities and desires of the human conditions. The classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde reflects how people yearn to be someone else or lead a double life. I found Jekyll's character more interesting than Hyde's. Hyde was clear in his wants and desires and did what he wanted, how he wanted and when he wanted while Jekyll was clearly far more restrained and controlled. The comparison between the two characters reflects on the dual and com ...more
Ari
Let me start this off by proudly stating that when it came to reading the Classics in high school, it was always the weird dark ones that I obsessed over. I was never an Austen kid - it just didn't move me like the horror of Frankenstein, for instance.

With that background, as far as Classic lit goes, these short stories certainly delivered when it came to the mildly-to-downright horrible nature of humankind (and beyond). I'm glad I read "...and Other Stories" because Jekyll and Hyde, while being
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Smita
What an exceptional read! I've read this classic in the past but truly appreciated it this time around when I read it in one sitting...just couldn't put it down.

Reminiscent of Mark Twain's quote, "Every man is a moon and has a dark side that he shows to no one," Stevenson poignantly explores the theme of man's duality, perhaps a "fragmentation of personality" that is brought upon by the modern world.

After completion of this book, I am hoping to see a theatrical production of Stevenson's novell
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Chris
As I'm going to see the play Jekyll & Hyde this weekend, I felt compelled to reread the book. The first thing I was struck by was the size of the novel. I remembered it being short, but I didn't realize just how short it is. The edition I'm reading has less than a hundred pages for Jekyll & Hyde and then takes another hundred pages to present 3 of Stevenson's short stories and a brief editorial note.

Despite its short size, the writing is dense in portions. Steeped in heavy Victorian styl
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Angela
One of the nice things about reading a lot of ebooks as of late is the sheer number of older classic works available in public domain electronic copies. Among these is the Feedbooks ebook edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and I decided it was high time I read it.

We all of course know the basics of the story, but what I didn't know was that the original story is not from Jekyll's point of view at all, but rather from that of a third party. The lawy
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Katrin Hollister
I read this as part of the school curriculum and even at 15, I really enjoyed it. The contrast between good and evil and the hypocrisy of society at the time was very well portrayed and in a subtle enough manner to make the reader realise the story isn't wholly fictitious. I warmed to Dr. Jekyll and his genuine goodwill, but considering man is "inherently evil", the ending was not unexpected. Great read.
Jerry Smith
One of my resolutions (plus the fact that I am working my way through the free Kindle section) for 2012 is to read more classic fiction and this is my first, albeit a short story.

A well documented tale of course but I did enjoy the premise as well as the story telling. It's obvious I am not a classic literature reader since I hadn't appreciated how self-inflicted was Jeckyll's flirtation with his Edward Hyde character, nor how thrilling he found his rampages as that incarnation of himself. He is
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Ruthiella
There were four stories in this collection: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Tale of the Body-Snatchers, Markheim and The Bottle Imp. Of course, the twist to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been spoiled for most everyone by now. Does anyone remember that Bugs Bunny episode “Hyde and Hare”? I didn’t realize that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a mere short story, I had assumed it was a novel. The Tale of the Body-Snatchers is a fairly straight forward ghost story. Markheim reminded me a bit of The Tell Tale H ...more
Julie Davis
I am actually just listening to the main story (as read beautifully in the LibriVox version) in order to participate in the SFFaudio readalong discussion. I originally listened when Heather Ordover at CraftLit discussed the book a couple of years ago (?). Perfect listening for October and I am very much enjoying going over the story again.

A fascinating look at good and evil and a short read actually. If you have only seen a movie or know "what everyone knows" about this story, do yourself a favo
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Sarah
"There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescenation to my evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul. And yet I was not alarmed; the fall seemed natural, like a return to the old days before I had made my discovery."

(This collection of stories by Robert Louis Stevenson included the following stories: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Bottle Imp, Markheim, The Beach of Falesa, Thrawn Janet, The Isle of Voices, Will o' th
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Ryan Hatch
8/10
I should start by saying that R. L. Stevenson doesn't get the credit he deserves. I'd always thought of him as an author known more for his inventive story ideas, but he's proved to me to be much more than that. His writing is pretty incredible, both in it's description and it's character development. In Jekyll and Hyde, there's an amazing few pages where Jekyll describes himself as more of an addict than a victim, loving the ability to indulge himself, while wearing the perfect disguise. Th
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Breanna
A great piece, especially for its time. I read it as part of course material, but enjoyed it more than some of the other works of the same era. Some of the descriptions were surprisingly grotesque; I assumed they might be a bit watered down due to the era in which this was written - but this is definitely something everyone should read.
Charly
Mar 18, 2013 Charly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with short to read lists.
This was a rather dark sided volume. Not only in the Jeckyll and Hyde part but most of the other stories. Not one I would run out and grab.

I don't know that there was an outright related message in these pieces, but as a whole there was an elevation of death that wasn't at all entertaining.

Stanley Cramer
Enjoy Victorian England mysteries. There's more than Sherlock Holmes you know! Try Barker and Llewelyn by Will Thomas.
This classic was surprisingly different than what I expected. Classic writing with several parts that didn't show up in the classic movies!
Nikki
I found this interesting when I read it. I don't actually remember much of the detail now, but I was intrigued by the idea.
Jennifer
Very disappointing! If you are familiar with the basic premise of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the book is a snoozer because the first half of the book you already have the mystery solved and the second half offers, in a letter from Dr. Jekyll, a recap of why the first half was so mysterious. It would have been more engaging if it had been told from a different point of view. This story does a lot of telling and not enough showing. Instead of being told that Edward Hyde had base desires raging to be ...more
Sam
A brilliantly written collection of stories that reflect all the complexities and desires of the human conditions. The classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde reflects how people yearn to be someone else or lead a double life (which I have reviewed in more detail for another edition here The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and other stories). This collection also contains The Merry Men which tells of one man's slow descent into madness as isolation takes its toll, Will O' The Mill which tells o ...more
Laura
This classic story addresses the timeless theme of good vs. evil in a very basic, elemental way. The idea is addressed as the dichotomy between the two forces that exist in man. One man in particular, Dr. Henry Jekyll, decides he is going to separate the two forces that exist within him so that he might enjoy the pleasures of indulging his darker desires without having his main persona suffer any consequences. He devises a chemical compound that transforms him into his alter ego, Mr. Edward Hyde ...more
Bobby Luke
As there are several short stories in this collection, I will review one at at time, as I complete them:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

I love this story. It is fun to read simply as a creepy science fiction classic, but there is so much more to it than just that. When you examine the similarities between Dr. Jekyll's demise and those of individuals in our society who find themselves in the snares of addiction - the relevance and truth of this warning become clear. Those who suffer f
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Stephanie
I haven't read the other stories in my edition yet--I may or may not since I've heard they're more amateurish. However, it was fun to read the strange case again after graduating from high school.

Stevenson's wife suggested turning the story into an allegory, and I have to say she had the right idea. The second half works a lot better than the first, which is simply thriller (who is this mysterious murderer????). Until we get the story in Jekyll's own words, there's not so much emotional pull. Wh
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Kelli Klein
I have been trying to read the classics and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is now on the list of the classics I've read. I'm glad I did.

There has been a number of what is called a "classic" that I cannot figure out why they would even be considered one in the first place, but I really did like this book. I think it stands the test of time very well, and while everyone is familiar with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, I found myself very drawn into the excellent narrating and it wa
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Timothy Darling
Mar 01, 2012 Timothy Darling rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young people; adults
Like all enduring works of art, the jury is no longer out on this book. Not much can be said to recommend it to a culture in which it is a landmark. I will say that I was taken with the realization that Jekyll was not the "good guy" I thought he was supposed to be, that the story is not about the human struggle between good and evil. Instead Jekyll was a normal guy, trying to mediate between his good side and his bad, subject to pride and quite taken with the idea of an uninhibited vice-ridden s ...more
Dawson
The classic tale (clearly, I've been doing a lot of classic tale reading lately)of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has become so embedded in the psyche of the average person that we unthinking refer to these two personae as archetypal ideas, removed from their setting as characters in a story. Imagine my surprise to discover that Stevenson's writing of them is exactly the kind of thing that would impact the human mind so forcefully as to practically become part of our collective consciousness.

For many
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

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