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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's original short novel, which uses a strange case of intrigue and murder in nineteenth-century London to explore the nature of man's character.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by Everymans Library (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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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
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
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
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.
Cool little collection of stories.

Growing more and more fond of R.L Stevenson. Quality. :)
Sherry Verma
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Valente
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
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.
Julie Davis
I love Robert Louis Stevenson and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is one of my favorites. We'll be discussing this on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast as our October book.
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
Molly Gawedzinski
This book is an amazing book, there is so much that goes on and so many interesting characters that you come to love. One of the things that people will end up loving about this book is the authors purpose for writing this book, the authors purpose for writing this book is hard to find at first but once you start reading a little more into the book the authors purpose for writing the book just kind of dawns on you. The authors purpose for writing this book is to show you that good feeds off of ...more
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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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