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Oxford Worlds' Classics: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Weir of Hermiston [Paperback]

Robert Louis Stevenson , Emma Letley
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2 April 1998 Oxford World's Classics
This volume includes Stevenson's famous spine-chilling thriller Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Weir of Hermiston, a brilliant autobiographical portrayal of a father-son relationship.

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  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834317
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MR UTTERSON the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars 50/50 12 Sep 2004
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The first story in this book is great. Really great. There is tension, originality and some good old cheesy gothic horror. Brilliant. Not to say that one cant guess what is going on, that much is very obvious, but still great. Sadly, the second half is rubbish. In fact, you could say the book itself is a jekyll and hyde! The weir of hermiston is boring, unoriginal and a total letdown. Plus, he didn't even finish it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves the 'great' Victorians flailing. 25 Jan 2001
By darragh o'donoghue - Published on
The first half of this novella can be counted among the most remarkable writing I have ever read. its sense of unstated terror and crisp, nightmarish atmosphere; its portentous introduction and proliferation of the double theme; its destabilising of its own narrative, where the violence of the language and the force of the metaphors makes the abstract material, and the material abstract; its evocation of London as a menacing organism, a miasma-wheezing labyrinth, with an economy that defeated Dickens, with streets and buildings embodying human flaws; its characterisation of a grim, barren, self-destructive men's world - all this take the novel away from the generic sensationalism or pseudo-scientific philosophy of the horror genre towards the metaphysical anxieties of Chesterton and Borges.
The rest is more familiar, made complex by innovative structure, ambiguous narration and a startling use of imagery. this is not a simple tale of man's good and evil side; in its admission of an ungraspable, shifting, multifarious existence, shown here in character, place and language, where metamorphosis is the only rule, we can see why Nabokov considers Stevenson a master. And yet the book also works as a lean, compelling thriller, even if, like everyone, you already know the twist. Emma Letley's introduction and notes are over a decade old, and need updating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weir of Hermiston 7 Nov 2008
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I bought this book because I wanted to read WEIR OF HERMISTON, which is hard to find these days.

WEIR OF HERMISTON is a sort of gothic romance novel, it is the book that Stevenson was working on when he died, and is considered by some to be one of "the great unfinished novels." I did enjoy reading it, but the story was just getting good when Stevenson finally succumbed to his lifelong health problems and died. WEIR OF HERMISTON is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's work, and it is a pity that Stevenson never got to finish it.

Is it great literature? I wouldn't say so, but rough drafts rarely are. I recommend against reading Stevenson's friends descriptions of the ending he had planned. Such testaments are inevitably trite, spoiling, and cannot be trusted anyway. Authors often change their minds about plot points, endings -- pretty much everything.

I give the book five stars, because of course DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is a brilliant literary work, and because I'm a Robert Louis Stevenson fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two faced man 5 April 2003
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This is a great book for all sorts of people, It is great how Robert Louis Stevenson describes Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It is great on how the author uses both sides as a twisted sence of human. Mr Hyde a high hung man, Wants to cause havok every where he goes, Brutal murders etc, Dr Jekyll, Kind of a mad sientist, Wants to create a cure for the mentally ill. This is a great book, I would recommend this to anyone.
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