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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  170,828 ratings  ·  4,746 reviews
In September of 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson, then in his mid-thirties, moved with his family to Bournemouth, a resort on the southern coast of England, where in the brief span of 23 months he revised A Child's Garden of Verses and wrote the novels Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

An intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory, Dr
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Paperback, Dover Thrift Editions, 54 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Dover Publications (first published 1886)
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Sherry Elmer I think it is more appalling than "scary." If it is scary, it is scary in a good way, in that it scares us not to act as Dr. Jekyll chose to act.…moreI think it is more appalling than "scary." If it is scary, it is scary in a good way, in that it scares us not to act as Dr. Jekyll chose to act. There is, however, a senseless, brutal murder, so if you are asking in regard to a child reading this, take that into account as you decide.(less)
Childoftheonetrueking I would recommend 12+, the book is rather intense at points. Check out my full review of this book and its content here: …moreI would recommend 12+, the book is rather intense at points. Check out my full review of this book and its content here: https://teenchristianbookblog.wordpre...(less)
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Ariel
OH BOY, OH BOY, PEOPLE I HAVE A NEW FAVOURITE!

This edition came with two stories, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "The Bottle Imp," and they were both awesome let's talk about them. I'm so excited I can't contain myself.

Jekyll:
- So. Well. Crafted. From beginning to end the story was engaging and the themes where quite straightforward, but I really love that in writing (see: George Orwell is my favourite author). I like it when authors aren't bogging their messages down in unnee
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Stephen
KUDOS, KUDOS and more KUDOS to you, Mr. Stevenson!! First, for bringing me more happy than a Slip N Slide on a scorching summer day by providing Warner Bros with the inspiration for one of my favorite cartoons, Hyde and Go Tweet:
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...I mean who didn't love giant, cat-eating Tweety Hyde.

Second, and more seriously, when I tardily returned to your classic gothic novella as an adult, you once again red-lined my joy meter with the strength and eloquence of your story craft. You story is the gift that
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Anne
Pfft.
This Stevenson guy totally ripped off Stan Lee's Hulk character!

I mean, did this dude seriously think he could get away with what basically boils down to a copy & paste job of one of the most iconic literary characters in comics?!
I. Think. Not.
Stan, my friend, you have a real chance at winning a copyright infringement lawsuit.
(view spoiler)
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Jeff
What I learned reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

By Jeff

1) Some things are better left unsaid. Really? Who knows how Hyde indulged himself? Hookers? Pirating? Running an orphan sweat shop? Booze? Opium? Ripping the “Do Not Remove under Penalty of Law” labels from mattresses?

2) Never have a nosy lawyer as a best friend. Who the hell hangs out with lawyers?

3) My evil Hyde would not be a top hat wearing, monkey-like Juggernaut. Sorry, he would be more Dean Martin-esque, a la “The Nutty Professor.

4
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Jeffrey Keeten
”It came about that Edward Hyde was so much smaller, slighter, and younger than Henry Jekyll. Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other. Evil besides (which I must still believe to be the lethal side of man) had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay. And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance rather of a leap of welcome.

This too, was myself.”


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Richard Mansfield was
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Delee
A veeeeeeeery short buddy-read with: Buddy Loooooove, Too much Buddy Love aka I want to be called The Nutty Professor, I love everybody Buddy Love, What did I do to deserve this Buddy Love?, Gimmie some Buddy Love....aaaaaand My brand new Buddy Love. Whew! Did I get everyone???

I am not a classic book reader- I fall under the category that some snobbish readers would call a fluffy reader..a reader for entertainment purposes only- Not a reader for intellectual growth. The classics were read in m
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Keely
After the overblown Frankenstein and the undercooked Dracula, it's pleasant to find that the language and pacing of the third great pillar of horror is so forceful and deliberate (especially since I was disappointed by Stevenson's other big work, Treasure Island). But then, this is a short story, and it's somewhat easier to carry off the shock, horror, and mystery over fewer pages instead of drawing it out like Shelley and Stoker into a grander moralizing tale.

But Stevenson still manages to get
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Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
It seems like I've been familiar with the "good" Dr. Jekyll and the "evil" Mr. Hyde all my life, but the thing that most struck me, once I finally got around to actually reading this classic novella, is--other than their outward appearance--how alike these two aspects of the same man actually are.

Dr. Jekyll has always been aware of the duality in his character: he admits to some apparently fairly serious youthful indiscretions, and even when he consciously puts his vices behind him for a time,
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B0nnie
It's a musical. It's a movie. It's a syndrome. It's...Miles Davis.

What is Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and why is everyone talking about it? Science gone wrong? Drug use? Insanity? Dual personality: good vs. evil? The hypocrisy of Victorian society? Is it about the beast within? Sexual repression?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been absorbed into our culture so completely that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here then are the facts. In my own words, I summarize exactly h
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Mario
I'm so glad that I decided to re-read this book, because I enjoyed it so much more than the first time. And I have no idea why I didn't like it this much first time around. I guess I rushed through it to get to the end. And I just remember that I found some parts really boring to read. Well this time, not a single page was boring.
I also really like how creepy the story was, and how well everything was explained in the end. This is that kind of a book that will make you think after you finish it
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 07, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
The duality of man. There are both good and evil in everyone. Two-faced Janus in Roman mythology. Like Erika Kohut who passes by a sex show house on her way home from music conservatory school where she teaches in the morning in Elfiede Jelinek’s novel The Piano Teacher. This 1886 novel, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson purports the belief that even in people who the society looks up to, there are some evil, thoughts or completely their other strange side, lurking ...more
Stepheny


My favorite thing about reading a classic is that I am usually way off in my pre-reading assessment of what it is. I love being wrong….in that scenario. When I think I know what a book is about and find out it’s something completely different is a great feeling. It’s even better when what it really is is better than what I thought it was….Follow me so far?

Great! Let’s keep going!

Here’s what I thought it was (try not to laugh too hard):

I thought that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a tale of split pe
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Nathanial
Jan 18, 2008 Nathanial rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laurel & Hardy
Shelves: horror
Here's the plot, you all know it: a man, by arcane means, becomes another man. Now, here's the argument of the book: suspense comes from not knowing what questions to ask, not merely ignorance of their answers. Stevenson makes this technical argument by means of POV placement, interior monologues, and placement in time. He doesn't start the book by showing you Dr. Jekyll as he concocts his transformative substance and then becomes Mr. Hyde, as I had assumed he would. Instead, he begins with a se ...more
Shovelmonkey1
Jan 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the incredible hulk
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Every so often a book is written where the story manages to escape from the leafy pages of it's bounden prison and set up an almost independent life of it's own. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is just such a book because, despite having never read the book I was, in my cocky biblio-brain, quite certain that I already knew the story and therefore the content of the actual book would hold no real surprises.

Surprise!

Or perhaps not, but either way my cocky biblio-brain has been put to sh
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Hannah
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

After my personal literary debacle that was Frankenstein: Or The Modern Prometheus, I approached this classic with trepidation. However, it seemed like a good time of the year to try another "mankind vs. monster" kind of read, so I took the plunge.

I'm glad I did, as I really enjoyed this story of a man divided against himself. Even though Robert Louis Stevenson told the story almost entirely through a third party, and there was a limited number of pages (84 in this
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Jean
Do you know what a "Jekyll and Hyde" character is? Of course you do. It is one of the descriptions, originally in a piece of literature, which has now become accepted in our vernacular. And there are many renditions of the story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and countless references to it in all aspects of life. Quite an achievement for a slim Victorian volume written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, and published in 1886.

"Man is not truly one, but truly two."

So ass
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Mara
Thanks to Jeffrey's recent DJ&MH review series (which includes Mary Reilly and Hyde in addition to the original), I realized that I had not, in fact, ever become acquainted with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson wrote them. Actually, the closest I'd come was seeing Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde (a mid-90s movie adaptation that I cannot, in good conscience, recommend), at a friend's house in middle school — and, frankly, no case of two being one involving Sean Young cou ...more
Kirstine
Good and evil cannot be found in the natural world, they are human constructs created, I venture to guess, to keep civilization and culture afloat. To keep us from murdering each other and courting chaos we invented morals, we invented ethics. We learned control.

This book is about losing that control. It's about addiction, about giving in to your darker desires and the struggle that all people go through: wanting to do something and knowing you shouldn't.

Having just read Susan Cain's Quiet: Th
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mai ahmd
شاهدت العديد من الأفلام المستمدة من هذه الرواية الكلاسيكية الخالدة لكن قراءة الرواية شيء آخر تماما أكثر جمالا وأكثر متعة
ربما لأن أغلب الأفلام استخدمت الفكرة في أفلام رعب وبعضها بطريقة ساخرة
ربما لأنها لم تركز على المغزى الحقيقي من هذه الحكاية
الرواية جادة وصاحبها يود أن يرسل لنا رسالة هذه هي رواية الوحوش النائمة التي تسكن في البشر وتحتاج للخروج أحيانا
أليس في كل واحد منا يسكن دكتور جيكل ومستر هايد

مناخ الرواية غامض ومثير غريب وممتع


Kinda


ظن دكتور جيكل أنه باستخدامه مستر هايد سيكون له ملاذا" من المسؤولية
ومهربا" من الضوابط الأخلاقية وو سيلة لإرضاء شهواته ونزواته لتبقى صورته هو براقة بين الناس


" فلأهرب وحسب من باب المختبر, وامنحني ثانية أو ثانيتين لخلط الشراب وتجرعه... ومهما يكون ما فعله إدوارد هايد فسوف يختفي كالبقعة التي تتركها الأنفاس على سطح المرآة, وسوف تجد في مكانه رجلا" يجلس في هدوء في منزله, ويسهر الليل منكبا" على دراساته, ويملك أن يسخر من أي ريبة فيه أي هنري جيكل !"


ولكن مستر هايد الذي يتجرع المتعة بظمأ وحشي و يرخي قبضة ضم
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aljouharah altheeyb

الكل بالطبع يعلم عن “ دكتور جيكل ومستر هايد” .. حتى دون قراءه الروايه فإن هذه الجملة ترسل إليك مُباشرة فكره إزدواجية البشر وانقسام رغباتهم بين الخير والشر ..

في الحقيقة كُنت أظن أن الرواية عبارة عن قصة مريض بإنفصام الشخصية، حيث أنني أجد كثيراً من المراجعات والإستدلالات لهذه الروايه في بعض المقالات التي أقرأها. وفي لحظة شجاعة قررت أن أبحث عن الرواية وأقرأها ^^”

جيده، جميله .. لكنها ليست بذلك الذهول رغم غرابة فكرتها وتفردها .. : عقار خيالي يفصل شخصيتك لتتحول إلي شخص آخر، بشري مختلف تماماً عن “أنت”
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Meli
Me encanta el estilo de Stevenson, no es complicado pero sí muy rico y estético. Me encantan sus miles de referencias.

La puntuación va solo por el Doctor Jekyll y Mr. Hyde, mi edición incluye más relatos, pero tenía ganas de releer puntualmente ESTA historia, no las demás (aunque releí también la que más me había gustado la primera vez que lo leí :P)

Probablemente sea trampa calificar un libro entero por un relato (ok, dos), peroooooooo no voy a leer todos los demás para darles el gusto (?).
Jeremy Kohlman
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Benjamin Duffy
One of the problems with reading classic books for the first time is that, through film adaptations, parodies, tributes, or pure cultural saturation, you usually know 50-90% of the plot already. In essence, the book is spoiled for you before you even start. Stripped of suspense, shock value, and the simple propulsion of not knowing what happens next, the books are forced to stand on the quality of the story and the craft with which they were written.

As I've spent most of 2011 catching up on Vict
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Evan
This is quite different from the film versions out there. The story is minimalist by comparison, but flavored pleasingly by Stevenson's Victorian prose. Unlike the films, the book has no initial pedantry of Jekyll railing to the philistines about the timidity of the conventional scientific establishment or the dual nature of good and evil in man (this latter concern is saved for the very end of the book); there is no virtuous love interest or meddling father-in-law or whore named Ivy to bring ou ...more
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I finally got to read a tale so well-known around the world. It wasn't a disappointment, although the Hyde in this 18th century piece of literature is less violent than later adaptions, likely due to the age of the times. The rigid Victorian background setting, as well as the Dr. being at the height of social esteem for his profession, drives home the point that a person would love to let go and unwind against the oppressing constraints. Always having to be polite, proper, careful, and courtly h ...more
Werner
Oct 17, 2009 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th century fiction, and "horror" fiction fans
Stevenson's only foray into the science fiction genre, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reflects his characteristic moral orientation and Romantic style --it's very much in the tradition of Romantic SF, with its scientist as alienated loner using science and reason to pursue dark and dangerous ends. Like Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Rappaccini before him, Henry Jekyll isn't a poster boy for the benevolent visions of science as doorway to Utopia that appealed to many 19th-century thinkers; ...more
Vane
I don't know if this is your case but everytime someone changes his personality abruptly, I instantly think about Jekyll and Hyde. This tale is so popular it has inspired many things in our culture. For example, this man:



Who doesn't know him?

He's my brother's favorite superhero. I admit I don't like him. I mean, he's just a green angry man. I don't see anything amazing in him. THe thing is, he's based in this tale--Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Other example that comes to my mind is the movie Irene, M
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Kenny
The book tells us about the need, people have, to disguise their true inner self, their true nature, in order to be accepted by a society with a different moral/value scale. It is about the fear of showing what we really are, because we are afraid to be rejected. It is also the fear to lose what we have, and incur the disappointment of what others expect from us. It is about the need to change and the fear to do it, to abandon our comfort zone, take risks and face the consequences. To openly liv ...more
David Sarkies
Like me, many of you out there in the Twittersphere probably have never read this story and only know it through images like this:



This is not surprising since many of the stories that we have grown up with have been so butchered by Hollywood that we actually don't know the real story that is behind it. For me all I could tell you was that this story is about a good man named Dr Jeckyl who creates a potion that turns him into a monster, and that is basically about it. Okay, there are scenes wher
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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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“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. ” 229 likes
“If he be Mr. Hyde" he had thought, "I shall be Mr. Seek.” 188 likes
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