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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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* Gothic horror at its best. Daily Express

Patricia O'Neill, Hamilton College, Clinton

"Danahay's edition justifies our on-going admiration for this masterpiece of English literature."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145382717X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZR7BY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 19 Nov 2012
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If there is a character in this story who stands head and shoulders above the rest it has got to be the lawyer, Utterson; and the first paragraph is worth keeping in mind as the reader proceeds. Also, the habit of meeting with good friends over good wine (Jekyll, Utterson and Lanyon) should be noted and mentally stored away. Good company, so long as it is good, facilitates a moderating effect upon the personality. Maintaining such company is conducive to both mental discipline and balance. Jekyll's gradual withdrawal from his friends accelerates his downfall (not that it wouldn't have eventually happened anyway, given the strength of his alter ego). But one can't help thinking that if Utterson had been allowed in things would have been different. Lanyon is good, admittedly, but weak. Poole, because of his class, is out of the running when it comes to influencing Jekyll. But not so Utterson. In Utterson we have `a man ... that was never lighted by a smile; cold scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable' . Brilliant!
Dr Jekyll's statement of the case (last chapter) expounds, in his own words, the `struggle of the good soul' and its subsequent defeat and overthrow by Edward Hyde. Stevenson cleverly uses this technique to effectively convey the agony and anguish associated with the doctor's self-imposed hell. A great read!
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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The book is now 'in the public domain' which means a free download and it's well worth grabbing yourself a copy if only to familiarise yourself with the real story and compare how different it is to the film and TV versions. If you can get yourself past the obvious language and phrasing differences that are bound to occur in a story originally published in 1886 you are in for a real treat.

Stevenson created some great characters in his work and some of his best are here. From Mr Utterson the lawyer, a man who loves the theatre but hasn't been to one for twenty years, through to the '..troglodytic..' Mr Hyde who is just thoroughly unpleasant but; more man than monster.

Hugely entertaining and this download comprises the full version rather than a short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 10 Mar 2014
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I bought it for my son to read, he say's it was great, obviously arrived really quickly, with no problems!!!!! Kindle book!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Feb 2014
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A classic, a must read for every person. I highly recommend it to anyone in search of a short yet captivating story
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 3 Feb 2014
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One of my favourite books, one I feel should be more widely read. The story slips past on smooth narration and is over almost too soon. It is gripping throughout and takes a different angle to the usual gothic styles. Read it now!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, as expected 8 Aug 2013
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I bought this because it was one of those books that gets referred to a lot, everyone uses the jokes about whether they're dealing with Jekyll and Hyde when they talk about people in real life. Even though I understood what they meant, I hadn't actually read the book and I didn't know the story properly, just that one was good and one was bad. It was well written, interesting and satisfied my curiosity - I finally know what those sayings are all about!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inexplicably underwhelmed 7 Jan 2013
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I have read "Jekyll and Hyde" before, many moons ago when I was younger. Even then, it didn't "grab" me like I had expected. So I re-read Stevenson's classic tale with hopes of having my opinion changed. Unfortunately, I just cannot enjoy this novella as so many others have.

It is written well, with a suffocating and haunting atmosphere through the pages as Jekyll's grim experimentation is slowly revealed. The concept was revolutionary for the time and I would say it probably still is to be considered a very different basis for a novel within the sphere of what you might call "serious literature".

The narration style is, again, different and the story is detailed through differing narrators and provides an interesting juxtaposition of the perspectives of characters as Jekyll begins to lose control over his desire to be Hyde. His addiction (which could be interpreted in a modern sense, as an addiction to the effects of mind-altering drugs and a subsequent change in the mental perception of yourself) is desperate as Jekyll seeks to be the kinder, more moral version of himself rather than the passionate, primal Hyde.

However, there was something about it that meant it didn't hold my attention as I had wished it would. Due to the other (far more positive) reviews, I am sure it is more to do with me rather than the book itself. I so wished I could have enjoyed this but for some unknown reason, I was left underwhelmed.

I would recommend it to read as it is an absolute classic but if you don't enjoy, please know you are not alone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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great book
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3.0 out of 5 stars not when compared to other classics like Dracula and Frankenstein
Didn't really live up to my expectations, not when compared to other classics like Dracula and Frankenstein, which whilst longer, in my opinion, are infinitely greater.
Published 7 days ago by KRz1981
4.0 out of 5 stars A great classic
Brilliantly written and as fresh in its subject matter and ideas as the day it was penned. Loved it from start to finish.
Published 8 days ago by rachael
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but ends abruptly...
For readers who would like to get stuck into some older classics, but don't want to be weighed down by an overly lengthy book, this is a good place to start. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Glyn Griffith Althea Clarke-Josephs
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Everyone knows the story, what the curious case of Jekyll and Hyde actually is, so although it's well written and full of suspense the book feels pretty slow up until the last... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars superb horror
brilliant and gripping throughout. A great dark reading and way to spend your nights alone in your house. Great stuff
Published 1 month ago by john durham
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful horror classic
I really enjoyed reading this great classic novel, and I look forward to continuing in reading more classic horror novels such as Dracula.
Published 1 month ago by Mr G Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic
I had almost forgotten how good a read this novel is, and to find it for free on Amazon I just had to download it and read it on holiday. Read more
Published 1 month ago by x wing flyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
Although a very well known story, reading it was exciting and interesting. The last couple of chapters particularly grasped my attention. A great read.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew94
4.0 out of 5 stars Good classic
After being asked to read some of the classics I was finding it really hard to find a tale I could endure. Read more
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