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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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25 Jan 2007 Penguin Popular Classics

Everyone has a dark side.

Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his deepest cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of fog-bound London as his monstrous alter-ego.

It seems he is master of his fate.

It seems he is in complete control.

But soon he will discover that his double life comes at a hideous price ...

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140620516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140620511
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Gothic horror at its best. Daily Express --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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As the poster for the movie had it: 'Everyone has a dark side...' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stuff 9 Mar 2011
By dean
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great study aid. The audio is very well done and creates an appropriate atmosphere. Excellent for use in the class - it certainly beats me trying to read it! The notes are also excellent. Very thoughtful and incisive.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece and a landmark in fiction 7 Mar 2004
By unlikely_heroine VINE VOICE
The story goes that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this novel in just two days, whilst sick with a fever. His wife, who was nursing him, read the completed manuscript and deciding it was rubbish - the deranged ramblings of a very ill man - she threw it onto the fire. Not to be deterred, her husband simply rewrote this story - in another two days.
We may be glad of Robert Louis Stevenson's perseverance, as this is a truly astounding novel. At the time it was first published, it was a shocking tale, but whilst modern readers will be familiar with the Jekyll and Hyde concept, they may still be captivated by the quality of the writing and the true horror drawn out in the author's words, which have a sinister quality that the countless film and television versions and variations over the years have failed to match.
This isn't just a horror story - it's a book about appearance and reality, and about our notions of who we are and how we are viewed by others. That's not to mention that old chestnut of good versus evil - but here, played out in two sides of the same person. Stevenson's fascinating ideas are brilliantly executed in this little masterpiece of a novel.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the edition... 18 April 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not a review of the story itself - I think there is enough information out there about that! This review is about the actual edition of the story.

I bought this off Amazon for 1.99 which I thought was a bargain - it IS, but be aware that the text is small and tightly packed onto the page. It is however well printed and perfectly readable as a result. I have seen a cheaper Puffin edition where the headache-inducing text was so cramped on the page that you had to really concentrate to stay on track - very off-putting to say the least!

The Jekyll and Hyde story takes up 50 pages of the 232 pages book and this edition also includes a short introduction, bibliography and some end notes if you are at all interested in these things. Overall I think this is a decent edition - it is a bargain but rest assured the quality is there and the pages are a good thickness and NOT like tissue paper! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Man Is A Material Creature" 26 Dec 2010
By demola
There's little more to say about Dr J & Mr H than the fact that it is a deserving classic. The story is well known and the way it's told is worth reading the book for.

Of the other stories in this collection, The Merry Men is one of the best written stories I have read. Stevenson's superbly written story of a young man who returns to his uncle's home to ask for his daughter's hand but finds the old man in mental torment is a masterclass in writing. The setting is the "musical' sound of waves (hence The Merry Men) breaking on the rocks of the island of Aros. I have read many a tale but, up to now, precious few as tightly and sparsely written as this one except for, perhaps, Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea. It's impossible to find a sentence in The Merry Men that could be edited and it's exhilarating to read something by someone who writes with such an astonishing mastery of the English language. The story itself dwells lightly on the duality of sin and retribution perhaps borrowing a little from Dostoevsky. The old man though wont to quoting scripture nevertheless is drawn to strong drink and howling with joy when storms crashing against the rocks send sailors to perdition. This sort of internal conflict is the font of psychological illness.

The four other tales here: Markheim, Thrawn Janet, Ollala and The Treasure of Franchard are in my view nothing special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but meaningful! 7 Oct 2009
By Helen
I got this book for my daughter who is studying it for GCSE and read it as I have never read anything by Stevenson before - I enjoyed the description and themes a lot and feel that this book is very much still relevant today !
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was set in Victoian London and deals with the dual personality of Dr Jekyll. This allogorical novella asks the question have we all an evil part in our bodies? After reading this I can say we have. This book shows the human as a hypocrite and as haing a dual personality. Stevenson's structure of this book adds to the the mystery. This has to be one of the the best and original horror stories ever writen.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is assured a place in the history of horror fiction because it the literary classic that represents the archetype of the werewolf (the human with the monster hiding inside). Along with Mary Wollstonecraft's "Frankenstein" (the Thing Without a Name) and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (the Vampire) Robert Louis Stevenson's novella is part of the gothic foundation of the modern horror story (there is really not a single ghost store of equal standing, although "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James comes close). All have in common the fact that they promise to tell a story that might best be left untold, which, of course, is exactly the sort of story we want to hear.
Given that Stevenson was writing when the genre of horror fiction was not recognized as such, it is surprising that "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is cast in the form of a mystery novel. Stevenson invites his readers to try and get ahead of the story, to put the clues together and come to the conclusion. Today it is nearly impossible to pick up this story and not know the "secret," but if you think back to the late 19th-century when this story was written you can get a sense for how Stevenson used the biases and limitations of his readers to his advantage in keeping them from what we might consider to be an obvious conclusion.
More importantly, Stevenson is writing several decades before the writings of Sigmund Freud revolutionized the whole idea of human psychology. Yet we can certainly find evidence of the conscious and subconscious mind of which Freud would write.
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