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

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First published in 1886 as a "shilling shocker," Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 215 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Broadview Press (first published 1886)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Jeremy Kohlman
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Ms.candy

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”...more
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
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


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
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...more
Van Choojitarom
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is really a story about one person and one persona, Dr. Henry Jekyll and his bad faith. Stevenson's great insight in this story has nothing to do with a picture of a divided psychology at all, but the moral seduction of such a picture. Further, I would assert that unless we reject the account that Jekyll gives, Stevenson's story is apt to appear incoherent and has a major plot hole.

Hyde really functions as a mask for Jekyll, a “ring of Gyges” that al...more
Michael
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic horror novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is probably known to many people; it’s been adapted many times and is often a symbol of the horror genre in pop culture. We all know the story; mild-mannered Dr Jekyll by day but at night, thanks to a potion, Mr Hyde is unleashed. But do we really know this tale; the tale of good and evil, or maybe the unleashing his secret inner persona, or maybe this is a story about dissociative identity disorder?

This...more
Eric Kinney
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"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is one of the most well-known gothic novella's written by Robert Louis Stevenson who also wrote "Treasure Island", "The Black Arrow", and "Kidnapped". Taking place in 19th Century Victorian London, upscale lawyer, Gabriel John Utterson, finds himself investigating the strange relationship between his amicable, mild-mannered friend Dr. Jekyll, and his accomplice, the loathsome, dwarfish-creature Mr. Edward Hyde, and to his horror unveils an unspeakabl...more
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...more
Simona Bartolotta
L'ho prestato ad un amico e prima di separarmene ho voluto riscoprire ancora una volta l'inquietante mistero del dottor Jekyll. Questo è uno dei pochissimi libri che leggerei e rileggerei fino alla nausea; perché? Semplice: è breve e immediato, mai noioso o prolisso, e poi è intenso, toccante, deciso. Epico.
Faith-Anne
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Brenda
As lawyer Mr Utterson had his usual Sunday walk through the streets of London with his distant cousin Mr Richard Enfield, they were in discussion about varying subjects, as was the norm, but when Mr Enfield began to tell of his encounter with a strange and somewhat creepy individual in days past, they had no idea their lives and those of their dearest friends were about to change forever.

The man Mr Enfield had come across was in the midst of an act of cruelty to a child, one which fortunately h...more
Jared Logan
Okay, first, one of the problems with reading this book in this day and age is that this book is mainly a mystery that hinges on the fact that you, the reader, don't know that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same person. Well, of course, in 2011 we all know the basics of the story. Reading this book is almost a pointless errand because the big final reveal, the solution to the whole mystery, is in the final chapter where Stevenson finally tells you that Dr. Jekyll created a potion that turns him...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
Michelle
Interesting story, but short, which disappointed me a little. I would have loved it if there was a full POV of either Jekyll, or Hyde. It gives you a peek at the end, but I felt that it would have a lot more depth to the story if there had been another POV.
The suspense was there from the very first chapter, and was maintained throughout the story. It was sinister and dark, but not in a way that we cannot relate. The duality the evil and good within ourselves is a good theme, and worked out real...more
John Yelverton
A classic tale of the duality of man. However, it's very easy to get bogged down in the minutia of what the different aspects of the book are a metaphor for, and lose the beauty of the book itself.
Craig
A chilling tale which details the interplay between the forces of good and evil. A physician/scientist endeavors to segregate his personality through alchemy into a "dual-self" by isolating the good into one being and of evil into another. The consequences are tragic. At once, the narrative becomes an allegory for humankind, depicting the devilish results which occur when a human soul, through choice, gives innocent, or at least thoughtless license to darkness. Stevenson sequentially and artfull...more
Aldrin
Halfway through the first chapter of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a character named Richard Enfield says, “I took the liberty of pointing out to my gentleman that the whole business looked apocryphal, and that a man does not, in real life, walk into a cellar door at four in the morning and come out with another man’s check for close upon a hundred pounds.” He conveys this to his lawyer cousin, Mr. Gabriel Utterson, as he recounts the odd sto...more
Ben Babcock
This one of those tales that have percolated down through culture but that most of us have never actually read. I assigned it as a short reading assignment for my sixth form English class, something we could cut our teeth on while we start looking at the possibilities for texts to study this year. They were all familiar with the general idea, though I was surprised to find out that one of them was surprised that Jekyll and Hyde were the same person!

Oh, yeah, oops … spoilers.

Anyway, this is a lov...more
Tara
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Ginny
Capolavoro

Romanzo tanto famoso, quanto erroneamente interpretato, soprattutto a motivo di un approccio superficiale o addirittura inesistente alla sua lettura. La semplicistica contrapposizione tra un Dr. Jekyll bigotto e bacchettone e un Mr. Hyde gaudente e trasgressivo, con una chiara oscillazione delle simpatie verso quest’ultimo, non ha senso; infatti Hyde non è “altro” da Jakyll, né la sua versione disinibita: è Jekyll stesso, così come si trasforma in seguito all’assunzione di una pozione...more
Kim
This is a story that everyone knows. Or so they think. As with other classic works of literature like Frankenstein or I, Robot what a lot of people "know" of the story is completely different to the real one. I also fall into that group.

Sure the basic concept of a man named Dr. Jekyll who turns into an evil man named Mr. Hyde, and the setting of Victorian London all remain but the reasoning behind it, the nature of Mr. Hyde (especially his appearance and physical attributes), and how the story...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.

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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. ” 172 likes
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