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The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde And Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,110 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three day...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Barnes & Noble
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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...more
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...more
Jason
Jun 30, 2011 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...more
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...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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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!
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
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...more
Nick Smith
I feel as if my expectations for this book were to high for the lack of content it offers. With only 70 pages, I was left wanting more. In my honest opinion, the last 2 chapters (pg. 46-70) were the only real source of substance in the entire book. These chapters offered a real sense of depth that the first 45 pages didn't establish. If this book ended after chapter 8, I would have given this book 1 star. But thankfully, Stevenson wrote an ending that truly established the legend that Dr. Jekyl...more
Jeff McCormack
I grabbed this book because I felt I had read little to no real "classics" in all of my years of reading. This book became available, so I grabbed it. I found the main story of Jekyll and Hyde to be way different than I thought it would be, yet very much more enjoyable than I had envisioned it would be at the start. It bore very little resemblance to the clips and impressions I have received from movies over the years.

But not only does this particular edition include that writing, but it also i...more
Helen
The Broadway Show, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, challenged me to read this classic of old and decide for myself how much merit I should give it. Stevenson's writing caught hold me from the first page. Mr. Utterson, longtime friend of Jekyll's, tells the tale. Utterson, a lawyer, is a cool man, but "something eminently human beaconed from his eye" and tolerance for others rang from his very countenance. For this reason, he was able to observe and watch, with ever-growing horror, the presence of a Mr....more
Bev Hankins
Read only Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge (among others).

Thanks to Man of La Book's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge, I have now read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde three times in as many years. [Most of my previous thoughts on Jekyll & Hyde can found HERE and HERE.] I'm not complaining....I love this late Victorian Gothic morality play about the division of good and evil that lies in every person. It's just that I'm not...more
Meghan
Oct 09, 2009 Meghan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic writing fans
Recommended to Meghan by: RG
I read Dr Jekyll back in 2008 for RG. But I finished the rest of the stories now (2009): The Body Snatchers, Olalla, A Chapter on Dreams (abridged), and Diagnosing Jekyll.

Jekyll I gave 3 stars. It is in an interesting tale of the duality of the human psyche. Can we really split our inner demon--and if so, is it a good idea? But overall, I am just not a fan of gothic horror and found it a bit dull.

The Body Snatchers I enjoyed and would give it 4 stars. It doesn't deserve an extra star due to the...more
Chazzbot
This is my third time reading Stevenson's famous story, and there is much here for those who are only familiar with it from its many references in popular culture. Stevenson's critiques of class divisions (even represented by the way certain characters enter a new geographic location) and the use of writing as a form of identity are just two of the themes developed in this engaging novella.

This particular edition contains two other long stories, both situated in and around the islands of the So...more
Michael
This is part of my run-up to Halloween reading. I didn’t know this was a novella until I bought the book, which my version comes packaged with several other stories. I will add to this review when I finish them but given that my purpose was to read “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” I will go ahead with that. The rating applies to Jekyll/Hyde.

First off, I liked the story and the way it was told. The language and sentence constructions take some getting used to (written in 1880s) but...more
Kaitlyn
I basically bought this book just to read "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." I've heard of the story since I was little, but when it was vaguely discussed but frequently referenced in a class I took a semester or two ago, I officially added it to my "must read" list. I thought the story was brilliant. And, bearing in mind the context of the class it was referenced in (a Self & Other class), I found it rather terrifying-- I loved it.

I continued reading the other stories however. S...more
Mitzi
A timeless story about the dual natures of man, about how hard it can be to deny ourselves pleasure, even when we are sure it will ruin us. Dr. Jekyll seems to have found the perfect way to enjoy his debauchery without the problem of recognition, blame, or even guilt. Yet in the end, the consequences catch up to him, and the desperation of not being able to control himself or his fate becomes a horror story.
It is a succinct, well-told story, much shorter than I thought. I bought the Barnes and N...more
Kyle Bieniek
I really liked this book. From the way it was written to the story line. It is a very fast read that i would recommend to anyone. it is a great mystery/ monster book thats not scary but definatly gives you that halloween vibe. I like how the book doesnt give you the details about Jekyll and Hyde's realstionship till the last chaoter. The author lures you in with all th crimes and bad things Hyde does and then gives you there realationship.
The main theme of the book is the battle between good...more
Anne
I enjoyed "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which was actually only about 1/3 of the book.

I wasn't a huge fan of the next story, "A Lodging for the Night."

"The Suicide Club" feels like it's missing something. It was okay, but for the length of it (also about 1/3 of the book), I wanted a more rewarding ending. I did like the focus on Prince Florizel of Bohemia though.

"Thrawn Janet" was boring.

"The Body Snatchers" was amusing.

At first "Markheim" felt like it could be part of "The Su...more
Brittany
I adore the premise of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", but I think this is a case where the adaptations are better than the book. I do not say that often and when I do, I do not say it lightly. The adaptation of Stevenson's classic tale into the musical Jekyll & Hyde prompted me to read the actual tale and it fell flat for me. It isn't exciting, there aren't any ups-and-downs in the flow of the story or in the characters. Jekyll/Hyde is barely in the novella at all even though...more
Russell Hayes
The version I read actually contained J&H, The Body-Snatchers, Markheim, and The Bottle Imp.

J&H was a sore letdown. I cannot say I am a fan of the episodic, multi-narrator approach of the story. It is much too disjointed; I prefer a more flowing narrative. The major underlying theme is the evils of Victorian society (likely the main reason it is considered a classic). Jekyll is an outstanding citizen, but his repressed evil desires eventually overwhelm him as Hyde gains the upper hand,...more
Brendan
Enjoyable, though it did drag at some parts though I think that is just a change in writing styles from time period to time period. It feels good to know the story of Jekyll and Hyde as written, not as it has been reinterpreted over the years. The others stories interested me less so. Not to say they weren't good, but just less interesting to me personally. Of the other three (Body Snatchers, Markheim, The Bottle Imp) the last was the most appealing.
Angelie
This book had been my companion for the day and a half that the power was out.

To be honest, I haven't quite finished it yet. I skipped the introduction (because it was dragging) and Thrawn Janet (because I am having a hard time with the language. I'll get back on it in the future, I guess.)

I did enjoy everything else. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is somewhat different from what I expected it to be. It was more intriguing to read than see on any other media adaptations. My favorite...more
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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.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of...more
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