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ISBN: 1593080549

Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate—and eliminate—human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dramatically brings to lif
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Paperback, 269 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1886)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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Eilonwy
Oct 21, 2015 Eilonwy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the first four or five stories in this, but they were all interesting, if a bit products of their times.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a weird read for me, since the story really needs ignorance to work well, I think. So sadly, I don't think I appreciated it the way someone might if they came upon it without prior knowledge of the twist. It was clearly good, but I was more bored than enthralled, unfortunately.

The other stories I read were much more enjoyable because I had no idea what
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Trevor
Nov 17, 2008 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, mystery
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
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Quirkyreader
Mar 22, 2017 Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story. It also had some very horrific parts. Reading it has made me appreciate Stevnson's work on even more.
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Review originally posted on my book blog: https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpre...

This review will be done a little differently, as I will be giving a short review for each short story, then an overall rating for the book.

1. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
I went into this story knowing only the tiniest of details, so I was very intrigued to see how I liked it. At first it was difficult to get into, because I had to get used to the writing and the time frame seems to jump around a
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Jason
Jun 29, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, gothic, thriller lovers
Recommended to Jason by: It was a cheap purchase.
Shelves: classics, horror, 2011
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Shannon
Aug 03, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

This is also available at my blog, 149 Novels.

There's a popular question: if you could choose a super power, would you choose flight, or invisibility? The question is deceptive, because it's not just about entering the world of comic book heroes. It's about why you want that power. People who want to fly want to get someplace quickly, want to stop paying for transportation, and want to show off. In an episode of This American Life, one man specifically says that a
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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Cindy
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
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Jaclyn
Nov 07, 2009 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Drucilla
Feb 05, 2012 Drucilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s
This collection includes Stevenson's better known works and the lesser ones. In my opinion, these lesser known short stories are just as good as Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and maybe even better just because they haven't been as widespread. His stories have a little bit of everything: Sci-Fi, detectives, princes, mysteries and they're not too long if you just want a short read.
Justin Kung
Dec 09, 2015 Justin Kung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book that I would recommend to readers who enjoy a good, suspenseful, enigma. This book has a mixture of horror and mystery. The setting of this story is set near the late nineteenth century so the use of language might be a bit difficult to understand at first, but becomes easier to understand later on in the story. The author does a good job on sending out his message to the readers throughout the whole story. This book is about a scientist call ...more
Nadine
Mar 22, 2017 Nadine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university-reads
This book was boring. And short.

I already kind of knew what was going to happen (thanks Once Upon a Time) and that might have ruined the tension a bit for me. But then, not much was happening, so the tension probably would never have been there, even if I didn't already know what was going to happen. So I guess I should be thankful that it was so short.

This book just didn't do it for me.
Karen Book-Vixen
I enjoy the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and found the other tales enjoyable the most interesting read for me came at the end of the tales and was of papers that were published around the time of the stories.

These were on Mental health and how the Victorians try to explain the changes that too place in a person at different times of their lives.
lauren kellie
"You start a question, and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others; and presently, some bland old bird . . . is knocked on the head in his own back garden and the family have to change their name. No sir, I make it a rule of mine: the more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask."


I really, really enjoyed Jekyll and Hyde. Stevenson has performed the miracle of crafting a masterful, engaging plot into a very short book. The my
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Nathalia
May 19, 2016 Nathalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comencemos por el principio. Leí este libro en numerosas ocasiones; primero por gusto personal (estaba en la biblioteca de mi abuelo), luego para el colegio y también para la academia de inglés. Y la semana pasada lo leí nuevamente para el Serendipia Club (club de lectura de la Comunidad Blogger Argentina).
Algunos detalles no los recordaba, otros me resultaban claros como si lo hubiese hace unos días.
Admito que la experiencia lectora no es la misma cuando uno ya conoce la resolución del misteri
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Sam
Jan 09, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror
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
lindsay
Apr 23, 2008 lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't find the exact publication that I read, which was "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other Short Stories". The 'other short stories' were The Suicide Club, Markheim, the Body Snatcher, and one other story I can't recall but which was written like Scottish brogue and awfully difficult to read. For the most part they're about the struggle between good and evil. I enjoyed them all, although the endings weren't terribly imaginative. I think the Suicide Club was my favorite.
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.
Nostalgia Reader
Rating is currently for "Jekyll and Hyde" only. I'd like to read the shorts, but not right now.

This is immensely more enjoyable than when I first read it back in high school. It lends itself to so much academic analysis, you could teach a whole class on it and probably still not cover all the nuances contained within. But even non-academically, it's an excellent story.

Although it is a relatively well known, tropey plot line at this point in time, I can only imagine how suspenseful and horrifying
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Bobby Luke
Mar 30, 2013 Bobby Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
May 03, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it, i-own
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
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Leew49
May 25, 2015 Leew49 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, gothic
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
Smita
Aug 05, 2011 Smita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alexandra
i have had this book on my shelf for quite some time now and while i'd been meaning to get around to it, other books just kept piquing my interest and this got pushed to the back burner.

however a few weeks ago i read an article in the new york post that talked about how robert louis stevenson based the story of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde on a friend of his who happened to be a psychopath. apparently this friend was tried for the murder of his wife, and he also was in the habit of serving poisoned
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Melanie
As a whole, this book is 3*, but since there are five stories I feel I should rate each one also...

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was a fun read, and nice seeing where all the many, many adaptations found there basis. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, more thinking that it would be seen from Jekyll/Hyde's POV as he lived this double life. Instead, we see the end of his double life from an outsider's view, and because everyone now knows that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person
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Jacob
The title story is pretty good, as are two other short stories after it, but then the quality steadily declines. The last story, a novella, occupies half the book and is the worst of them, so that's what is dragging down the rating. The writing is an old style that is hard to get into and easy to leave and forget what was going on. Other than that, Stevenson is good at setting mood and creating a gloomy atmosphere.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: a pretty good story, although there's
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Angela
Jan 20, 2010 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, classics
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
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Jess Cattanach
I have no idea how I should rate a collection of short stories, so I'm just going to go with a 3 star rating because some were better than others. I'll briefly mention my thoughts on all the stories below.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
This one's a classic, of course, and this was my second time reading it. The first was five years ago so my memory of it is vague, meaning that I got to essentially rediscover it again this time. There are about a million reviews on this one, so I don't want
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Jennifer
Dec 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
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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.

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