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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Illustrated Classics): A Graphic Novel

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The idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare. Their faithful adaptation combines an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork.

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 18th 2009 by Sterling
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Sarah
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2015, graphic-novels
I studied the original text for college so when I saw this in my library, I decided to read it because it looked really dark and creepy.

I liked how they cut out a lot of the writing from the original so they could adapt it into a comic but unfortunately it was a bit hard to follow. If I didn't read the original text, I would have been pretty lost.

The artwork was good for the most part but a few panels weren't up to the standard of some of the other panels for some reason. I liked how they used
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
"I suddenly began to understand more profoundly the irrelevance of this solid body in which we walk. Not only did I recognize my natural body, the aura and the radiant powers that made up my spirit...."

This is the graphic adaptation of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in 1886. Stevenson, and invalid while writing this novel, often thought of leading a double life. As this was written towards the end of his life, it would be understand
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Moe
Because this book is a classic, I felt obligated to read this. But I also know that this book in its original format was extremely long. I kind of like these short graphic novels, as they appeal to people (like myself) who want to know enough to understand references and the gist of the plot without having to read the whole book. The overall plot was great, and I believe that this shows how we can be such a slave to disgraceful pleasures if we don't control ourselves. I also believe that everyon ...more
Emily
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this at Comic Con for free so I thought I would give it a go. Because I read the original text a few years back I was able to follow the story, however the way it was presented in this graphic novel was a little confusing and my concern is that someone unfamiliar with Stevenson's original tale would struggle with some parts of this edition. The illustrations were also somewhat inconsistent which was a shame, however they did give a good sense of the gothic nature of this tale.
Leah
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is incredibly hard to review because it's not the full work, or even a really understandable abridged version. It's a bit of a mess to be honest, and I'm just happy that I knew the story well enough to follow along.

But just barely.

I don't recommend this, and honestly, if you want a condensed or different version than the original - watch a movie. You'll get more out of it.

The art is incredible though.
Mortisha Cassavetes
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I have always enjoyed the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde but I just loved this book because the illustrations were amazing. The dark charcoal like drawings brought the story to life in a creepy, spine tingling way. It was just what the Doctor ordered on the stormy night I read this. This graphic novel will grace my bookcase for years to come. I would recommend to everyone.
Rao Javed
I picked it up at random from my library just for amusement thou I've read the original text of this same book and it was really good.
Elizabeth (Elzburg)
This is the third format of which I have experienced the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. First was the original story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Stevenson himself, then the musical with David Hasselhoff (My favorite songs were This is the Moment, Alive, and Confrontation. These arn't the Hasselhoff versions because I like these better), and now this comic book. You might think that the reason I'm willing to relive so many reincarnations of this story is because I ...more
Michael P.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since I do not like this story, why have I consumed so many versions of it? I hoped to find a version that did justice to its potential. I read the novel when in my twenties. I found much good in it, but the more that Stevenson pushed his theme, the sillier and more labored the book seemed. I have seen three film adaptations, liked two of them OK, and saw a TV version. I have heard the story adapted for radio, and this is the third graphic novel I have read that presents the story. I find it by ...more
Kristina
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story was okay enough, but the art was terrible. Terrible enough I wanted to keep putting it down, but I fought through.
Zach Berndt
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is about a man who has multiple sides to him. One being a murder by night and the other being a normal man by the morning. In the beginning there was many people looking for a murder that goes by the name Mr. Hyde but no one knew that he was the same person as Dr. Jekyll. They never found out until Mr. Utterson had a letter from both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They then noticed that both of the letters had the same handwriting. He would become the murder by drinking a salt ...more
Corrie aka Fae's Finds
3.5 ⭐

Being watered down so much, some of the story, I feel, was lost in translation. I did still enjoy the graphic novel tho. And the illustrations were well done, and very dark and gloomy. Just like the story itself.
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Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
Although I really enjoyed the overall plot, the execution of this graphic novel was terrible. It was incredibly short and cut out a lot of the original text. This meant that some of the story felt disjointed and rushed and kind of ruined it for me.
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George Cristian
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Turbid and foreseeable. Gave me the certitude that the voluptuous feeling which haunts Mr Jekyll lays dormant in every human up to a certain point. Has your Hyde part surfaced yet?
Dania
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though the story is a bit messed up, I love the pictures, with the black and white theme. It definitely adds that spookiness to the overall story.
Morgan
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hard to follow and not nearly as creepy and interesting as the original.
Efe
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you only read this without the original text you are missing a lot and basically ruining the whole story.
Zoe Stanford
Some great art. The decision to use such big panels does mean a lot of the action is perhaps overly condensed but a pretty good adaption overall.
Kennedy
The story is abrupt.
The artwork is ASTONISHING!!!
Theresa Pablos
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
For never having read the original, it was a little hard to follow.
Lauren Kelly
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nice art, but very matter-of-fact and brief narration.
Caitlin Connelly
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The beating of a little girl was the first sign that something was going wrong in there small town. The unexplained murders of many important people such as parliament was just not comprehendible. This knew inventive way of science was created in the 1800’s. Knowing what we know to do its scary that Stevenson could have predicted this.
This book is very well written because the author gives the reader a lot of freedom with their imagination but still keeps you on the correct story line. Like on
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Jeremy
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a decent artist's rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The best aspect of the graphic novel is the art itself. Pencil or charcoal (I'm not sure which) was a great idea, a structural way of showing the blurred lines between our good and evil selves. The major bad thing was the pacing of the story. Most pages had only two panels, quite a few had one, and precious few had three or more. Many of the pages with a single panel failed to take full ...more
Pamela
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This VERY condensed version of RL Stevenson's short story (or was it a novella?) was interesting to read. The main threads are there, but I feel the need to go back and read the full version again. The essence is here, though, and might work well for the ERWC unit I heard it mentioned for in my recent training. So . . . Who ends up the original, and who the copy. It's an interesting question: is a man what he does sometimes and in secret, or is he what he does most of the time altruistically? Mi ...more
Ana
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picked up this graphic novel because I am participating in WhittyNovels' Cramathon and one of the challenges is to read a graphic novel.

I must admit that I never read the original classic, but I do have an idea of the plot. I think that the adapters did a good job translating as much as they could from the classic to the page, but anyone unfamiliar with the story may be easily confused. The artwork was very eerie, which fit with the mood of the story, and was able to relate information to reade
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Martha
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This graphic adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde is a real find. The stark black and white illustrations reveal the horror of Dr. Jekyll's creation: his evil "twin", Mr. Hyde. They also chart the decline of a man of genteel society to, literally, a monster.

This adaptation is completely unsympathetic to Dr. Jekyll and to his "solution"; a view of the character(s) which I consider appropriate given the self-serving nature of his "experiments" and Jekyll's initial lack of remorse for his deeds as Hyde: m
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Rebeca
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The wonderfully creepy sketch illustrations were well done and went well with the story, and even already having general knowledge of how the story would go, I was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised about how different the story was than I had expected.
And because this is a graphic novel I knew it would only be a shortened version of the original story, but I feel like too large of chunks of the story were taken out for it to fully make sense without having ever read the full length orig
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Cori Reed
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't love it, didn't hate it.

I think everyone is at least vaguely familiar with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, myself included. I have never read the original text, but wanted a bit more insight in to the story. This really just skimmed the surface, which is to be expected from a graphic novel, but even going in with almost no knowledge of the story, I still emerged from this feeling like I don't know much.

The art is quite creepy though. The cover stares in to your soul.
Quasisonic
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This adaptation was interesting. Having never read the original, I thought this might be an interesting way to experience the story. The art is very striking, definitely painting a bleak picture to match the story's tone, but I felt the story must have been rushed, it felt like there was little depth to it, and that things may have been left out in favor of an aesthetic.

Finely made, but i'll need to read the classic novel form to really weigh my opnion.
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Andrzej Klimowski, who was born to Polish parents in London, retains strong links with Poland, where he lived and worked for some years. During his career he has made films and written graphic novels. He has designed theatre posters and book covers for leading publishers. He was head of Illustration at the Royal College of Art for many years, and is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to produce ...more