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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with The Merry Men & Other Tales and Fables

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  150 reviews
This book comes with an introduction and notes by Dr Tim Middleton, Head of English Studies, University of Ripon and York. In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr Jekyll discovers a monster. First published to critical acclaim in 1886, this mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature. This volume also includes Stevenson's 1887 ...more
Paperback, Wordsworth Classics, 232 pages
Published 1993 by Wordsworth Editions Limited (first published 1887)
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Mark Carew Not sure, But there are movie versions. Try the 1920 silent movie classic with John Barrymore.
Mark Carew PG to 15, mostly based on difficulty of reading, and the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. As in my review, the tale is told to keep the reader in the dark…morePG to 15, mostly based on difficulty of reading, and the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. As in my review, the tale is told to keep the reader in the dark for some time, so some reading maturity is needed. (less)
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Ria
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 5/5
Sooo it took me like 5 months to finish this. Look I read like 10 pages in October, 20 in December and the rest in March. I was just not in the mood for gothic horror. I should have totally reread this but it’s me so I didn’t. That being said, I don’t really have anything to say because I didn’t keep notes. I want to comment on this tho:
I saw articles where people mentioned that there may have been homosexual innuendos. I tots get why
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~Bookishly Numb~
I bought this book, as really, I was only interested in reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but I ended up reading the short stories that followed afterwards, too. My favourite in this collection was in fact, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Something that stands out, and quite impresses me, is that Stevenson wrote this book about an individual, and the conflicting parts of their personality, in a time when the subject matter was a pretty grey area. The writing though, really didn't thrill me. The impression I ...more
Kostas
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Robert Louis Stevenson’s short writing career it is certain that we cannot help but admire him for his great style and his imagination as he wrote some of the most classic children's stories that have passed through the centuries and have managed to remain, even today, quite well-known.
However, one of the most important stories of Stevenson’s career, which came to him - even if it was somewhat strange - through a dream, is definitely ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ as he created
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ChattyNatty
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Woooooo I finally finished! I will say the extreme irony of this book is that it was the shortest I have read in a while yet somehow also the longest time I’ve taken to read a book in the last couple of years... I’ve wanted to read Jekyll and Hyde for a while due to its seemingly omnipresent influence in pop culture and I was not disappointed! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it’s philosophical and ethical twists and I wanted to read more. I did not expect the full extent of how difficult it i ...more
Kellie
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read this for Jekyll & Hyde but Will O' The Mill was surprisingly sweet ...more
Itziar
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish with the last story The treasure of Franchard since I did not find it interesting after so many short stories in this compilation, I have also found it sort of repetitive. All in all I have enjoyed it pretty much and really appreciated the two stories written in Scottish The merry men and Thrawn Janet being the later my favorite story in this book. While reading these two stories I did not know, however, wheter to laugh or to cry; above all when I began with the first on ...more
João Esteves
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 3,5

The Merry Men - 3/5
Will O' the Mill - 3/5
Markheim - 3/5
Thrawn Janet - 4/5
Olalla - 2/5
The Treasure of Franchard - 3/5
Vrixton Phillips
I've got a running theory that 1) Utterson is an unreliable narrator and completely lying about the other two narratives to cover for his racist, imperialist views AND the fact that Jekyll named him heir to his fortune. 2) Hyde is Jekyll's mixed-race son [where is the Jekyll/Hyde "Wide Sargasso Sea" spinoff?] 3) he's violent and angry because it's Victorian England and everyone's racist af and keep looking at him funny. 4) MP Carew probably got what was coming to him.

But in more mainstream term
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Rebecca Milne
The story of Jekyll and Hyde is one that many know for the stereotypical doppelgänger and gothic romanticism that it presents. However, the book Dr Jekyll and mr Hyde takes a while to get to the main themes and the climax of the novel. The Merry men tales are an alright read for analysis but not essential for anyone. The Merry men talks a bit about race near the end which ties in contextually to Stevenson’s main piece. Will of the mill is a good read and is especially good to analyse as it inclu ...more
Aravena
Robert Luis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of those stories that I had known since forever, but never actually read—until now, that is! In addition to that iconic dual personality tale, there are also some other of RLS’ short stories, which are mostly dark, somber, and tragic Gothic fiction, with a couple of exceptions.

Jekyll and Hyde is obviously the main feature here, and even with the knowledge about the story and its famous plot twist, it’s still very intriguin
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Johnny
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
A while back I read Stevenson's "Treasure Island", and I must say that is a far better book. Partly due to "Jekyll & Hyde" not being a complete novel but only a 55 page short story, which also goes far different than I had imagined. The final chapter alone is told from Jekyll's point of view. Here he writes about his experiments, his search for the duality of mankind (the civilizes versus the primitive) en his attempts to isolate those parts of a personality. The largest part of the story is tol ...more
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Okay, I read the entirety of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which was tedious to read at best. Then I got to the short story, The Merry Men. After 3-4 pages of intensive descriptions of rocks on a small island I was ready to scream. At which point the author decided to subject me to pages of a Scottish accent, which went like this:

‘We fand her in Sandag Bay, Rorie an’ me, and a’ thae braws in the inside of her. There’s a kittle bit, ye see, about Sandag; whiles the sook rins strong for the Merry Men; an
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Adam
I enjoyed parts of this book, but some of Stevenson's short stories aren't for me, here is my review broken down book by book:

Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde: An essential read for anyone who cares for literature, or Stevenson, yet I do find the last chapter especially unnecessary. 7/10
The Merry Men: A decent read, but if you have trouble reading Scottish, which Stevenson loves to write in, it might be worth a miss. 6/10
Will O' the Mill: Another decent read but largely forgettable. 6/10
Markheim: One of the
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Ksenia
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I liked Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the most and as far as I have seen it looks like this is the case with most people. That being said, I did enjoy most of the other stories. They are philosophical and I think well written. 'Thrawn Janet' is actually written in Scots, so it was rather hard to read for me. The Merry Men just wasn't really for me because of the theme(s) of the plot.

Here is my rating of each story:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 4,5/5
The Merry Men: 2/5
Will O' the Mill: 3,5/5
Mark
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Alex Apostol
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story we were required to read in school, but I loved it none the less and is one I would like to re-read now. Everyone knows the story and it's one that is retold over and over again- the one of dual personalities, one being evil and the other good. That never stops being scary for me and I'm sure it will even find its way into my own work someday.
Max Bauer
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old literature is always dear to my heart since it is like a little climpse into a different era.
My favourite was, of course Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. It is such an intruiging, interesting story that I couldn't put it down for hours.
Will o' the Mill was the most boring one and I almost didn't finish it, the ending was good tho.
Ryan Finlayson
I only read Jekyll and Hyde. Final chapter was the most entertaining for me personally.
Alexa Wardle
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Kilgrave
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I completely believe I was Mr Hyde in another life.
Fred H
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice short story really well written and easy to follow. Great thematic depth with beautiful imagery and generally just a really interesting story.
Zara
3/5 stars
Alex Rotherham
The stories in this collection vary from a complete waste of time, to amazing and worthwhile reads. I've rated and reviewed each story independently below.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
4/5
I must admit, I was rather disappointed with the conclusion of this story. The first 80% was an interesting, well written mystery that, while I already knew what the mystery was that was unfolding, I felt excited to see how it unravels. But then we reach the great final chapter, the last 20% of the book, and the wri
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Mark Carew
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent idea, still relevant today. Man is composed of light and shadow, good and bad, or evil, for the theologically inclined. Stevenson tests this idea out in Dr Henry Jekyll, a well-respected doctor, and takes the concept through to its logical conclusions. Incidentally, the 1920 silent movie, with John Barrymore as Jekyll, does a great job in showing how Jekyll must resist the strains on his morals, by denying himself the attractive ladies in the fleshpots of Victorian London. Jekyll ca ...more
Harry Tidby
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several classics which, being classics, have a certain level of buzz around them in the literary community. Often times I find myself enjoying these books, but not to the degree that I perhaps thought I would; sometimes I cannot even bring myself past 80 pages *cough Great Expectations cough*, but thankfully with Jekyll and Hyde, this was not the case. The prose flows brilliantly, the story is gripping and intriguing even when the main twist is known to almost anyone who has ever hea ...more
Gijs
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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James
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I was very surprised to learn that this book was only 50 pages long, as the 2 protagonists are so well known throughout cultural references.
The book moves quite quickly as a short story should and still engages the reader despite knowing the general events before reading.
I am surprised that this has its place in folklore though as the premise is so far fetched. Some could compare this far fetchedness to Frankenstein but that book has so much more plot and character development.
As for the othe
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Sarah Kreß
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little classic to read. I didn't know before that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is but a short story and that the author has written many others just as good or even better. Overall an entertaining read if youdon't mind slow developing stories with lots of descriptions. Thelanguage can sometimes be a bit challenging (especially for a non native speaker) as he writes some of his stories in a heavy scottish accent and there is a hint of racism (the black men...) that is a bit foreighn and annoyin ...more
Julia Kamerling
In spite of me having dropped this collection of short stories due to me not having any interest in them anymore and only having bought the book to read about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide, it is a classic one has to read.
Every story is well-written, but the Scottish use of language can make it difficult to understand at times. Perchance this also has to do with me dropping the work.
All in all, a good book. However, once again, it was not my cup of tea.
Lewis
The audio-book that I listened to only had the Jekyll and Hyde story so this is just a review for that!

4.5 stars - I loved this story a lot. Gothic literature is just so melodramatic and grimly whimsical that I fall in love right away. I loved how Stevenson explored the duality and non-mutual-exclusivity of good and evil.
Helena
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know anything about this tale when I started reading, so I found myself amazed and surprised by the twists and turns of it. If the language used wasn’t so clearly dating, it could easily be mistaken as a modern book.
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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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