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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

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'He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp... his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter'

Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt throu
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Paperback, Penguin Classics, 178 pages
Published February 27th 2003 by Penguin (first published 1886)
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D. Scott Meek
Classic story of a good man exploring his dark side. Terrific classic horror tale. Smart and well-written, and the age of the language use gives it perfect (authentic) flavor. Dr. Jekyll, as everyone knows, wishes to explore the nature of Man, and through a potion he concocts he is able to transform himself from a man who is knowledgeable and conscientious, able to consciously steer himself away from evil, into a man who personifies all the dark and deviant things that man holds locked away in h ...more
Laila A
TOO SHORT.
NEED MOAR.
SO GOOD.
NEED MOAR.
Gary Hoggatt
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of those books that, like many classics, everyone "knows" but no one's ever read. It's worth reading as it has influenced a great many stories since and has several worthwhile moments of its own, but only if you can put what you think you know about the story to the side. If you can put yourself in the place of the characters, the tale is mysterious and the fact that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one and the same is a horrible revelation. The close of t ...more
Dark Slayer
‘Good’ and ‘evil’ are chiefly found in works whose main goal is about the inner struggle and from which the reader may delineate the conflict between the two that inevitably exist in the psychological side of the same person. This Gothic device is prominently used in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde symbolize the good (the former) and evil (the latter) which permanently live within every human being. This story, hence, shows the strug ...more
Rjurik Davidson
Another tale rightfully seared into our collective consciousness, the experience of reading it can't be anything like that of its first, unsuspecting, readers. But a nicely plotted little tale of mystery, its final section, when Jekyll makes his confession, is chilling. For his tale resonates with anyone who has felt divided within themselves, and who would claim never to have felt such internal conflicts? At once a tale of an addict, a Jungian shadow, and the everyman of Victorian England, this ...more
The other John
The introduction to this book has a great quote: "...Stevenson's story is more known about than actually known..." This was certainly true for me, and ever since enjoying The League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemen*, I had a desire to change that. I finally managed to snag a copy of the tale and read it. As you probably know, it's the tale of a Doctor Henry Jekyll, who concocts a potion that transforms him into Mr. Edward Hyde, an amoral man without restraint. Or perhaps you can say that the potion r ...more
Timothy Morrow
I went into this book knowing that it shouldn't be like any of the terrible adaptions on television, I was partly wrong. Indeed, the horrible Mr. Hyde was not the giant grotesque monster I saw on tv, nor was the story very close to anything they tried in Hollywood. The similarity between the book and televisions, Jekyll/Hyde, was that I was not amused with either. The concept and the idea of the story is amazing and beautiful, a man fighting between good and evil within himself, and the idea of ...more
Traci
This year is beginning much like last year; I've promised myself to read some of the classics that I've somehow missed, depsite being a total book nut and a bona fide English Lit major. Yep, I have the B.A. from Indiana University to prove it! Anyway, I only made it through a few titles last year, then my summer sort of took over my life (more on that later), and I was lucky to read much at all.

I'm going back to the plan of last January, and thus, a review of the tormented doctor. There's not m
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John
A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable book. It wasn't particularly scary (modern, visual, visceral horror media is much better at scaring), it wasn't particularly surprising (as unless you live in an internetless, telivisionless cave somewhere on Charon you've undoubtedly seen or read some form of the Jekyll-Hyde story) but it was certainly good.

What makes this story particularly good as a horror novel though is that the fear doesn't come from external factors. I mean sure there's a gruesome mur
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Davis
"All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil." A classic for a reason, still providing insight into humanity through its Victorian lens. Much different than I was initially expecting; the story is built around Mr. Utterson and the mystery of who Mr. Hyde is. Lots of excellent Victorian sensibilities that are deconstructing and examined honestly through Jekyll's transformation, and what that means about all people in general. The destructive sides of isolation, duality ...more
Kasey Jane
I decided to finally read this because of Stephen King. In his introduction to a collection where Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was bound with Dracula and Frankenstein, King described the three stories as laying the foundation for all Western horror: self-made, man-made, and back-from-the-dead monsters. Wolfman, vampire, and other.

Although I was familiar with the story, I was not consciously aware that it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson until last night. I think of Stevenson as an adventure writ
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Beth
God, what a horrible, insufferable slog of a book. (This review refers solely to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, not the other "tales of terror.")

My editions (GR doesn't list it) is 88 pages long. 88 pages has never felt longer or nastier or...yes, the crtiicism of the uneducated and impatient and blah blah blah, so BORING. It took me six days to read. For an 88 page book!

I'll admit it: I'm judging Jekyll and Hyde solely on the book I expected to get, rather than the book I got. Yes
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Brittany
I really liked the concept of the book. The split between good and evil in everyone, and how Jekyll devolved into basically pure evil in the end. I almost pitied him as he realized he would/could no longer exist, even though he didn't feel too remorseful about the things he did (aside from the killing of Carew). Also, the idea that Hyde may not have been purely evil, trying to change himself back to Jekyll before realizing it was useless and killing himself. I'm not sure if he was just killed hi ...more
Laura
A very thought provoking story. If we could distill the evil parts of our nature and separate it from the rest of ourselves, would the remains be truly good? It did not work that way for Jekyll. Hyde was pure evil, yet Jekyll remained a composite of both good and evil. Thus in the end, Hyde won.

I suppose I did not like how Hyde was referred to as looking deformed, however I suppose that since he was not equal to half of a complete Jekyll, perhaps that makes sense. And then perhaps when Jekyll w
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Stephanie
Robert Louis Stevenson does an excellent job in this tale of a man seeking to better himself and society. The way the author examined the psycology of this piece and the amount of details added really intrigued me. I felt that I could relate to the characters in the story and felt the suspense as the reader was slowly becoming aware of just what was going on throughout the story. This story had a very heightened climax at the end in the laboratory where the reader gets to really see the full hap ...more
Mohammed Mokhallalati
A duality of good and evil. A split personality that is torn between social acknowledgement and dark urges. When the dark side took control, it heralded the end of the human entity and the born of a mutant.
midnightfaerie
A lesson in the duality of human nature is on every level of this book, with examples on every page. From the architecture, to the emotions that flit across a servants face, to the weather, everything is an exercise in duality to emphasize the theme of good verses evil in human nature. Stevenson does an excellent job of portraying his idea throughout the book. A simple idea but not as simple to demonstrate, this novel shows easily how we not only divide our personality traits into simple black a ...more
Vena Clark
To be completely honest Jekyll and Hyde didn't reach my expectations. I love the concept and the storyline. However, I found that the way it was portrayed wasn't that good for me. It seemed quite long winded. A good book to analyse in an english lesson but not one I enjoyed reading just for pleasure. I'll probably give it another go in a few months and read it with more depth.

In terms of the other stories a few were good and a few I found quite boring.
The Merry Men - I'd rate as 3/5. I quite en
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Majo
-El club de los suicidas.
-La botella del diablo.
-Olalla.
-El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde.
Me gustaron mucho todos estos relatos. Para empezar, la narrativa de Stevenson hace que se despierte en interés del lector desde el primer párrafo, incluso desde el título.
Su estilo combina el suspenso, el terror y personajes intrigantes. Dos aspectos que me encantaron:
-Stevenson recrea sus historias en lugares de atmósfera casi mágica; a aveces exuberante, como en La botella del diablo, y otras s
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Rachel
I picked up this audiobook because I had just finished Jessica Verday’s advanced reader’s copy "Of Monsters and Madness" which borrowed heavily from the text, so I figured it was about time I read "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". I had seen movie and musical versions before reading Verday’s book. I will say one thing about Stevenson. He is fun to read as his vocabulary is so rich and descriptive. The basic story is that Dr. Jekyll, a good man and well-respected older doctor decides ...more
Moises Salazar
The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Moises Salazar
In this novel, by Robert Louis Stevenson, we learn the story of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer, and his client, Mr. Jekyll. In this thrilling novel a deeper and modern theme lies. Not only those this book dwells on the idea of good and evil but on the idea of escaping Identity.
The story begins with Utterson, a lawyer, and his client, and close, friend Dr. Jekyll. Throughout the city
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Rachel
The message of this amazing story is different than most modern people (usually those who don't actually READ the book) believe. This is a great tale showing why "wickedness never is happiness" that everyone should read. The story contains a great warning about embracing evil in ourselves. Highly recommended!
Violet the Vanisher
The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Review January 2.2014

I know that I been procrastinating with this book for a really long time.
But I did finish this book actually before the new year I just need time to figure out how to put this book into the right words and for other’s to understand it. But I did finish the book and watched the movie (the one with Spencer Tracey 1941)

Even though the movie was far off in a way your still able to get and understand the point of
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Gemma
I remember a day from when I was young. Somewhere between the ages of four and seven.

Mom was out for an afternoon of shopping and Dad was babysitting, which meant that we were allowed to watch whatever we wanted on TV. Well, not really. If we'd tried to watch some sex comedy or horror movie, Dad would have intervened and cut us off. But practically anything; anything that a seven-year-old would actually want to watch. Like the Cartoon Network.

We turned on Looney Tunes. I liked it; I thought it w
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Andrew Breslin
You could read this story in a few hours, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you should. You'll never get those hours back, and, unless you are actually a 19th century reader who borrowed H.G Wells' time machine to steal a peek at the miraculous "interwebs" of the 21st century, wherein any idiot in the realm can cast aspersions on the great works of your contemporaries, then you probably could find something more entertaining to read.

It can not even qualify as a novel. My copy stretches to f
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Kerstin Olcott
My biggest regret about this book is knowing the main points of the story ahead of time. I would have really loved to read it without knowing the ending. The plot is timeless and Stevenson is a master storyteller. I was surprised that the story is actually told mostly from the point of view of one of Jeckyll's friends. Only the end is written from Jeckyll's point of view.

The story is a classic tale of good and evil and inner struggle. The most fascinating part was that when Jeckyll transforms in
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abcdefg
I have to say I read this book cover to cover and enjoyed it. Not only including the case of Jekyll and Hyde, this book also had Stevenson's short Christmas shilling shockers "The Body Snatcher" and "Olalla".

I can only imagine what it must have been like to read this the year it was published without any pop cultural references that we have today around this tale. It must have been a real shocker. It's modern day equivalent might be Palahniuk's "Fight Club". It was a dark tale and the testimoni
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Rachael Quinn
This was the final book in the Signet classics horror collection I purchased. Out of the three, I would say that I liked it much more than Frankenstein but not nearly as much as Dracula. Interesting fact, this book actually ran the closest to my ideas about it. Any play or television show or movie that I have seen that was supposed to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was pretty close to this book.

Mr. Utterson, a lawyer, walks every Sunday with his cousin, Enfield. On one of their walks, they stop to l
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Erica
Who doesn't know the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Errrr, most people, probably. We're all familiar with its derivatives, but I for one had never gotten around to reading the original. So I finally did. Overall, I liked it--but I can really see why people who have adapted Stevenson's story have beefed it up with murder and prostitution and a more interesting ending. I really couldn't help but compare it to my preconceived idea of the story: the "Gothic Musical Thriller" Jekyll and Hyde, whic ...more
Luke Baldock
Nothing like settling down with an old classic and being brilliantly surprised. Jekyll and Hyde is one of those stories where you think you know it all after the countless interpretations rolled out year after year. The story starts as a mystery. We are told of peoples' strange interactions with a new resident of London. The dwarfish and creepy Edward Hyde. As a lawyer known as Mr Uterrson investigates he discovers there is a strong link between this Mr Hyde and the well respected Dr Jekyll. Whe ...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
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“He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn’t specify the point. He’s an extraordinary-looking man, and yet I really can name nothing out of the way. No sir; I can make no hand of it; I can’t describe him. And it’s not want of memory; for I declare I can see him this moment.” 14 likes
“but that in case of Dr. Jekyll's "disappearance or unexplained absence for any period exceeding three calendar months," the said Edward Hyde should step into the said Henry Jekyll's shoes without further delay and free from any burthen or obligation beyond the payment of a few small sums to the members of the doctor's household” 2 likes
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