The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Publisher: New York : Dodd, Mead, [1961]
Characteristics: 339 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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green_wolf_1954
Mar 05, 2020

This was a fantastic read! It was one of those books that gives you a chill down your spine. It was wonderfully well written, though if you don't like creepy books then you probably would not like this. I, however love terrifying books, while I cannot handle terrifying movies very well. Overall, I would give it five stars, and recommend it to ages 12+

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Frozzzey
Jan 08, 2020

For all the hype surrounding this book, I was severely disappointed. I would not recommend this book to a friend. That being said, the story itself was very interesting and I can't say that I exactly regret having read this book.
3/5

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cryptidparadox
Oct 27, 2019

The beginning was solid, but the build up was just sort of dropped at the end.

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carolwu96
Aug 29, 2019

The title character, who is a virtuous doctor by day and a delinquent by night, struggles to hide his double identity from the world. Yet he is more than that — far from the Multiple Personality Disorder presented in movies like Split, Jekyll and Hyde actually look different. The book follows Jekyll’s lifelong friend, Dr.Utterson, as he tries to save his friend from his darker side.

Interestingly, this book really reminds me of #Dracula. Yes I know they’re both Gothic novels, but something about the dynamic within each book’s treatment of the relationship between the external appearance and internal goodness/evil make them both mirrors and opposites.

In Dracula, the evil seems to come from the physical condition of being a vampire itself, and once a person is converted, he or she is doomed regardless of previous virtues. In Jekyll&Hyde, however, it is the opposite in that Jekyll’s transformation is caused by the suppressed evil already inside of him. Yet both are strongly correlated with physical transformations and secrets of seemingly respectable characters, which add the extra layer of suspense so crucial to Gothic novels.

For more reviews, visit me on Instagram @RandomStuffIRead! See you there.

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candlesticktroughs
Jun 28, 2019

i am trying to edit my comment but the box offered is empty. i wish that the bug in the system would stop messing with me.

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DUVIDL
Jun 19, 2019

There is a story - possible apocryphal - that Stevenson was at a lose for what to call his lead characters when a controversy took the London public by storm. The London Times had done a lengthy article on a young missionary attending to the needs of a leper colony on a nearby island. The article was answered by a well-known columnist who proceeded to viciously criticize all the young missionary was doing, ending with the cynical observation "Let the dead bury the dead!" Robert Louis Stevenson hit back with a 'double-barrel shotgun'. First, HE wrote a Letter To The Editor that fairly assured this well-know columnist would be fired (the 'gentleman' was forced to go into hiding due to the death threats he received.) The, legend states, RLS hit him with the second 'barrel', the more lethal one, the one that guaranteed this fool would not only never work again, but NEVER be able to show his face! I do not remember the young missionary's name, but the name of the columnist is immortalized for all: EDWARD HYDE. And there was nothing this fool could do about it because, although the legal points might be on his side, he knew the court of public opinion had already render the verdict - and he dare not appear to oppose it.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 04, 2018

So far this year I've read three major works of Gothic literature, Dracula, Island of Doctor Moreau, and now, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I've discovered this is some of my favorite literature, and I'm excited to explore it further.

Stevenson's prose is engaging, and his shifting narrative voice incredible (he perhaps handles shifting narrators better than Stoker does in Dracula). The London streets are steamy, shadowy, and frightening, and Mr. Hyde is a compelling and mysterious figure. The book's central twist had little impact upon me, if only because it was spoiled by episodes of Scooby-Doo years ago, but the book fundamentally works even without the "twist" (if it can even rightly be called as such).

This is a short book, easily read in a few hours if you power through it, or read leisurely over a few days if you're more like I am. It is highly recommended nonetheless, however, as the story is engaging, contains no fluff whatsoever, and is as absolutely trim as it could possibly be. My only complaint, which may seem contradictory, is its length.

I do wish the book were longer. But the best books are always like that.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

This book is one of the very recommended books that people of all ages should read. It's one of the best classics from all times and one that deserves to be taught in schools. It gives the readers lessons about good and evil, and how the desire to enjoy life with no rules is dangerous. The end has been spoiled to me, because I didn't get the chance to enjoy the mystery part, but this didn't make the book any less good because it is actually VERY VERY GOOD. I'm not exaggerating but I really liked it, maybe more than I should, especially because it's written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Tabaqui
Aug 24, 2017

For its level of fame, this book is short. Just because it's a quick read, however, doesn't mean it's shallow. No, indeed! I had never fully read Jekyll and Hyde, so the story was somewhat new to me. I found it to be the most interesting when the main character read the letter left behind by Jekyll, and we discovered what had been happening. An unsettling look at the duality of human nature, and what happens if we allow evil to take control.

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candlesticktroughs
Jun 05, 2017

ever known someone with a split-personality? think carefully, some of them are skilled at hiding their condition. this novel is like unto the inside story of one(two). think jack the ripper. the story is it came from a nightmare rls was awakened from, and then he hastened to write down what he could remember. unlike Coleridge, with his kubla khan, rls was able to finish the beginning of a great work of art. the movies have been horrible (spencer tracy was in one of them, Barrymore in another). go to the original source for genuine horror that teaches about human nature. "I must have stared upon it for nearly half a minute, sunk as I was in the mere stupidity of wonder, before terror woke up in my breast as startling as the crash of cymbals, and bounding from my bed, I rushed to the mirror. at the sight that met my eyes, my blood was changed into something exquisitely thin and icy. yes, I had gone to bed henry Jekyll, I had awakened Edward Hyde. how was this to be explained? I asked myself, and then, with another bound of terror--how was it to be remedied?" "whereas, in the beginning, the difficulty had been to throw off the body of Jekyll, it had of late gradually but decidedly transferred itself to the other side. all things therefore seemed to point to this: that I was slowly losing hold of my original and better self, and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse." isn't that wonderful? the whole work is that wonderful. highly recommended, by me, 'doNOTsextrafficWAstate'.

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Rampey
Dec 06, 2019

Violence: very dark

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