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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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Mimi
I'd forgotten how high-strung, anxious, and creepy Victorian horror writing could be. Perhaps it's creepy because it's so uptight...

This is my third time through Jekyll and Hyde and first time through the other two stories; one is about genetic vampirism and the other a pair of serial killers (inspired by the Burke and Hare murders).

All three stories are quick reads, perfect for those times when you're alone at night waiting for a bus or train that's running late.

It's always made me wonder why
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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
Charlie Raffaele
I didn't enjoy Jekyll and Hyde as much as I might have, since I was aware of the majority of the themes and the plot, long before I started it. This meant that much of the plot is predictable and lacks the sense of mystery it might have had when it was first released. It is also very dated, lacking much of the context in which it was originally released. This took away much of the impact that the book might have had. With both of these difficulties and its short length, it feels rather empty , a ...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.
J.
Nov 23, 2014 J. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror

Since there’s no much to be gained by reviewing classic novels, I’ll keep this brief. I adore Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island was one of my all time favorites as a kid. In my eyes, he can do no wrong, and certainly for the time period his tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lives up to my memory of the author. This book has rightly earned its place in the pantheon of great horror novels.
Dr. Henry Jekyll, kind hearted and well loved in the community, has a secret. His experimentation to bring
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Smiling
Nov 17, 2014 Smiling rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: j-h
J&H is not exactly for modern readers in regarding most reader's interest's and preference of literature. I found sometimes during the book the it was confusing, as the author sometimes made it unclear what is happening. I found the plot interesting but the words describing it not detailed enough or clearly for me. As for other readers I don't know. Definitely a confusing book for people who are not into reading.

I also found there was one too many foreshadowing in the book, which was kind
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Clara
Clara de Solages
6th of November
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved that book; it was absorbing and well written. Even if the beginning was really slow and dull, and that the first few chapters were very clouded with nothing dramatic happening. The last two chapters were the best of the book, they were thought provoking and captivating. They demonstrated disturbing psychological horror. All this detail created by Stevenson gives a lot of context and helps you grasp the secret unveiled at the end of th
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Max Cano
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Kangmin Jeong
After finishing reading this book, many social issues and thoughts came up in my mind. It was very impressive material and lingering story. The profound instinct of human was delicately described, I could be more aware of the double sides of human. I found it interesting to compare Dr. Jekyll’s inner conflicts. Dr. Jekyll’s conflict was intensely described so I could indirectly experience the conflict in Dr. Jekyll’s mind. Dr. Jekyll grew up like an elite, he was reputable doctor. He was intell ...more
Tal Shoshani
Take yourself back to the industrial revolution time period. In a normal looking house, lives a normal looking man with a normal looking life. In fact, this man is more that just a man, he is a respected doctor. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a fascinating book, brilliantly presenting how one man can be the complete opposite of what he seems. A man who we would expect to be the most generous man in the world, is found out to be an inhumane monster.
Although the book is generally
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Yuria Takidera
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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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Arushi Babbar

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an interesting novel written in Gothic tradition. It explores the ideas of scientific realism and manifests interestings situations arising due to double-sided personalities of the protagonist. It scrutinizes the darker or rather the evil side of Dr. Jekyll. The major themes expressed in the novel include the dual sides of human nature and the constant fight between good and evil. In addition, friendship is another essential theme of the novel and f
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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
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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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