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

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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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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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Eilonwy
Dec 15, 2015 Eilonwy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the first four or five stories in this, but they were all interesting, if a bit products of their times.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a weird read for me, since the story really needs ignorance to work well, I think. So sadly, I don't think I appreciated it the way someone might if they came upon it without prior knowledge of the twist. It was clearly good, but I was more bored than enthralled, unfortunately.

The other stories I read were much more enjoyable because I had no idea what
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Trevor
Nov 17, 2008 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, mystery
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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Ashleigh
Dec 29, 2015 Ashleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Review originally posted on my book blog: https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpre...

This review will be done a little differently, as I will be giving a short review for each short story, then an overall rating for the book.

1. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
I went into this story knowing only the tiniest of details, so I was very intrigued to see how I liked it. At first it was difficult to get into, because I had to get used to the writing and the time frame seems to jump around a
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Jason
Nov 08, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, gothic, thriller lovers
Recommended to Jason by: It was a cheap purchase.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Shannon
Aug 03, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

This is also available at my blog, 149 Novels.

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Vienna
I loved all of his other stories as well! The writing style is so beautifully and in every story he's straight on point with what he wanted to say to us. I highly recommend his other stories as well!
Cindy
Oct 17, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it
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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Jaclyn
Nov 07, 2009 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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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Justin Kung
Dec 13, 2015 Justin Kung rated it really liked it
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book that I would recommend to readers who enjoy a good, suspenseful, enigma. This book has a mixture of horror and mystery. The setting of this story is set near the late nineteenth century so the use of language might be a bit difficult to understand at first, but becomes easier to understand later on in the story. The author does a good job on sending out his message to the readers throughout the whole story. This book is about a scientist call ...more
Sam
Jan 19, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror
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
Bill
Dec 23, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An indulgent re-read.
Midnight Blue
I liked this but I didn't love it. I'm glad that it was written because so many great film adaptations were based on it--but it's kind of the same way I feel about Dracula--the movies and the whole archetype based on the work far outstrip the work itself.
Luke Reynolds
Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I only read the title story from this collection for my English class. The book started out alright but eventually grew more interesting as it continued. While I did find Mr. Utterson's perspective interesting and some parts intense, the Victorian English was incredibly flowery and it would have been more interesting to see the events from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's perspectives. But that would have given the secret away, (view spoiler)
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Kathryn
Cool little collection of stories.

Growing more and more fond of R.L Stevenson. Quality. :)
Sherry Verma
Jul 20, 2015 Sherry Verma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition consisted of RLS's most famous novel, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, three short stories and two essays.
Firstly, I am thankful I read RLS's literature for it taught me how important the journey from the beginning to the end of a story/passage really is.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an intelligently weaved tale which tells a lot about people in general. Quoting RLS,"a man is not truly one, but truly two."
Moving on, of all the short stories, The Body Snatcher, Markheim and O
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Leew49
May 26, 2015 Leew49 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, gothic
Stevenson's well-known and much referenced horror classic did not disappoint this reader; in fact, there was a great deal to appreciate in this short novel that I did not anticipate. The language of 19th century writers, though it would sound stilted and artificial if used by a modern author, can be elegant and beautiful in the hands of someone as gifted and disciplined as Stevenson. And the theme of the novel raises more questions than it answers, even for our time. Was it about the duality of ...more
Ari
Jan 27, 2016 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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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Bobby Luke
Apr 18, 2013 Bobby Luke rated it it was amazing
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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Smita
Aug 05, 2011 Smita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jennifer
Dec 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Everyone knows the story, or at least they think they do. But as is the case with much classic literature that enters into popular consciousness, much gets lost or forgotten or shockingly misremembered (I'm looking at you, Wuthering Heights, and your freakish misinterpretation as a love story!) Stevenson's tale is both more and less than you probably recall it being, far more reliant on frames within frames in a way that makes you wonder if he wasn't a long-lost Bronte sister and with much less ...more
Chris
Oct 21, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it, i-own
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
Jan 20, 2010 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, classics
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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Paul Valente
Oct 07, 2015 Paul Valente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title story is a famous but far from run of the mill horror story. It is in fact a really well written and atmospheric tale of man's inner demons. The other 2 stories were worth a read; the ebb tide especially felt like a cross between Heart of Darkness and Treasure Island, detailing the desperate nature of down on their luck colonial ex pats and their desire to improve their lot by any means necessary. A great read.
Katrin Hollister
Jul 08, 2014 Katrin Hollister rated it really liked it
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.
Rupert Dreyfus
As controversial as this opinion might be, I read this ages ago when I was reading a lot of great Gothic fiction. I found it to be extremely dull and I hurled the book at the wall when I finished reading it.

However, I am going to reread this in the future because it's got to be better than that, surely?
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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Naimah
May 28, 2015 Naimah added it
Reading it in school kinda killed the book for me but reading the rest at home was quite cool - the ending was just unexpected: we got to really see just how bad the effects of the potion were upon Jekyll - we got to see things from his perspective.
Victoria Tsonos
I've only read The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde but it was pretty good. I expected a little bit more of it as I found the writing style to be very clinical and anti climactic while the story was actually pretty surprising and creepy.
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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 Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

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