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

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Despite its many adaptations, nothing compares to Stevenson#39;s original short novel, which uses a strange case of intrigue and murder in nineteenth-century London to explore the nature of man#39;s character.
Paperback, 187 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Dorset Press (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
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
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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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!
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Michelle Zapf-bélanger
We read this on a road trip, and it makes for great light reading--a nice short thriller. I'm a sucker for a good sci fi morality play, also.

To contemporary sensibilities, this book seems super gay. It can be read that way easily, because the rhetoric these days from conservatives about homosexuality sounds very Victorian: they're all about repressed urges and the hedonistic side to us all and the conscious choice we make to avoid sin, lest it overtake our souls, etc. That same Victorian preachy
Ryan Hatch
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
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
The famous title story might struggle with one of my favourite themes, but for me it never goes deep enough. Within us all are multitudes, varied selves all capable of different thoughts and actions. Stevenson simplifies these legions down to two--perhaps for greater clarity of storytelling, but it left me on the surface, never allowing me what I wanted: to swim in the deepest maelstrom of conflicted identities.

Still, the handful of scenes of Gothic horror have all the appropriate hallmarks for
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.
Mar 18, 2013 Charly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.

It's been a very long time since I've read Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" so when I walked past it at the library I decided to go ahead and read it again
I went through a phase in my early adulthood when I fell in love with The gothic romantic era-Dracula, Frankenstein, The Italian-etc and this book is no exception.

The book is definitely different than any of the movies, TV shows, or even cartoons you've seems BUT I enjoy the book for a couple of reasons: I love the my
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!
A novel with wonderful writing and sentence structure (don't ask me why, I just noticed) that really talks anout some interesting themes! Had me thinking and reflecting a lot, wich is what I love to get out of books; especially classics.
Ole Nadreas
I have read many a good book the last few months, most likely due to the fact that I stick to the classics, but this is the only litterary work that I choose to place on the very same shelf as Memoirs of a Geisha.
Няма смисъл да я оценявам.
Опитах се да дочета другите два разказа които са в книгата, но просто не издържах. The Merry Men имаше толкова неразбираем диалектен говор, а последният разказ даже няма да го започна.
Д-р Джекил и Мистър Хайд беше всичко друго, но не и това което очаквах.
Класика, да, и сигурно е била много популярна навремето, но стила и развитието на действието изобщо не подхождат на историята, според мен.
Ужасната сдържаност и префърцуненост, дори в най-"напрегнатите" моменти разваляше
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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.

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