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A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. Fu ...more
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Published November 1st 2014 by Canterbury Classics (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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Leo .
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These greats from the past wrote in such a sophisticated way. One could really learn a lot about how the written word is used and how language was more eloquent back then. Words were used just like a painter uses the paint to blend and manipulate the pigments on canvas for a picture to manifest. A single brush stroke could be the virtual equivalent of a beautiful sentence. I often wonder that if the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson were around today what would he think of the smart phone? He woul ...more
Liz Janet
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book basically screams: DO NOT TEST EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS ON YOURSELF OR YOU MIGHT JUST END UP WITH A SPLIT PERSONALITY FROM A DOCTOR WITH REPRESSIVE DEPRAVITIES URGES TO A PERVERTED MURDERER.

Honestly there is more to it, like the basic duality between a classicists society and the individual; but also the more simplified good versus evil, the civilized versus the uncivilized, the conscious and the unconscious, and a lot of other Freudian theories I cannot care less for.

Read it, knowing the pl
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Trish
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second time I'm reading this classic and I must say that my former rating did not do it justice. Maybe it is Mr. Stevenson's melancholic writing style that prompted my earlier rating. I can't actually remember. But having read it again today, I am revising my opinion.

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been incorporated in many tales, into comics even (in The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen for example). In most of those tales Mr. Hyde is Hulk-like; brutish and big. In the
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Eilonwy
Oct 21, 2015 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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Quirkyreader
Mar 22, 2017 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.
Trevor
Nov 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, literature
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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BLynne
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this classic. Still enjoyed the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I also enjoyed the short story titled The Suicide Club. For me this is a creepy classic that is fun to read.
Shannon
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

This is also available at my blog, 149 Novels.

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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 bi
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AziaMinor
DNF at 10% because I forgot how stupidly BORING I find Robert Louis Stevenson's books are. This is one of those rare times where I'd rather watch the movies than try to read any of these dull stories
Krystal
I'm going through and correcting the editions of the books I have, and with the classics its becoming quite interesting to discover how many incarnations there are!

For example, this particular edition contains several stories (only three of which I actually read, including the titular story) whereas I've had it sitting on my shelf as just the single story.

I read this one a fair while ago, and was surprised that it was only a short story! It ended up being a little disappointing - I've seen so ma
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Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
I read this one so I had something to base any retellings I read about the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story on.

I like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I didn't perceive it to read as dark as I thought it would based upon my other encounters with the story. But it was good and entertaining.

I also enjoyed the Suicide Club a lot. I found myself pretty pulled into that story.

There was one story in this collection of short stories that I am still not 100% sure what went down. It was the narrator. Not t
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Jason
Jun 29, 2011 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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nostalgia Reader
3.8 star average across all stories, rounding up to 4 stars.

After reading this entire book, rather than just Jekyll & Hyde, my J&H review still stands from a few years ago (click through to read it here).

Scroll down to see star ratings and brief comments on how AMAZINGLY AMAZING Stevenson's short stories featured in here are. Really, this dude is like Poe for a modern (i.e. late 1800s) audience (and an obvious Poe fanboy to boot).

A Lodging for the Night: 4.5 stars. Absolutely delightful.

The Suic
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Hiba Arrame
In all the times I heard of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, I never thought it to be a short story; for some reason, I have always assumed it to be a novel. That being said, I'm no big fan of short stories, they always feel abrupt to me (if you didn't know, I love bulky books) and needing more material to them.

In this collection, the only stories I liked and enjoyed were the one of Dr Jekyll and the Body Snatcher.
Surprisingly, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde made me think so much of the Picture of Dorian Gray, and
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Maud
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
I will write something when we get back from picking up our kitten <3 ...more
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 instead of
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I'mogén
This audio book is free to listen to on BBC sounds:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/p...

A note on the audio book experience
Being my second audio book experience, I thought giving classics a go this way would gently ease me into that world a little more, picking up nuances on tones and flow of reading and it really helped me in this way.

I'm stunned how quickly audio books get you through reading and I don't know why I haven't been utilising them all my life.

This was narrated by Sam Dale and
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Zardoz
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a classic horror story/novel each year and went for this one for 2020. My first Robert Louis Stevenson did not disappoint. Jekyll and Hyde holds up very well. I would give it 5 stars and much better than Dracula and Frankenstein were.
Other stories were...
The Body -Snatchers 4 stars
Markheim 3 stars
Olalla 4 stars
The Suicide Club 2 stars
Justin Kung
Dec 09, 2015 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
Jaclyn
Nov 07, 2009 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
Sharmishtha Basu
Read the book at least a dozen times, it is a wonderful, heartbreaking story of a genius! one truly wonders what will happen if we feed and release the black wolf that we keep dormant inside us (at least most of us do), if it is fed and then unleashed it certainly will slaughter the white one and become our master.

Reality in wraps of science fiction.
Emily (emilykatereads)
It's always a pleasant surprise to read a book for school and fall in love with it. I already knew the basic premise of this story, but the book just added so much more to it and it really adds interesting elements to it. I'm actually eager to write my assignment on this now instead of just dreading it.
Laysa
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a favorite. I read it in Portuguese and while in middle school, and I remembered liking it very much. Now, older and wiser (lol) I read it again just to be more creeped out by it. At first, Dr. Jekyll seems to think of Mr. Hyde as something that can be contained and controlled... until things start to get out of hand and he is filled with terror and angst. I love it.

Lodging for the Night and the Suicide Club are great ones too, they have this creep
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Carson Quarnberg
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping Jekyll and Hyde would be longer; that story really did surprise me, and I wanted to keep hearing about the character’s Frankensteinean shame. I liked all the other stories except for Thrawn Janet, which was written in such a strong British dialect as to be unintelligible. I’ll be honest, I read two pages and then skipped it.
Overall this collection of stories is spooky and incredibly well-written.
Chad Schimke
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 1886
A London lawyer investigates strange occurrences involving his old friend and the evil Edward Hyde.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Matthew Boak
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic that many people hear referenced but have never read, so I thought I'd try it out. It was only an 80-page story, so that was surprising to me. The plot was more relaxed and slow-paced than I thought it would be, though I think having been written in the nineteenth century might have had something to do with that. The characters are quite static and Mr. Hyde was far less villainous than I wanted him to be. I was looking for some pizazz here ...more
Melissa
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
One of my all time favorites.
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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 onl
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