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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575131039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575131033
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 108 years old and still brilliant! 14 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Like most people I knew the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and for this reason Stevenson's book was never top of my to read list. However, by taking this attitude I was making a big mistake. Even though I knew the ultimate conclusion I still couldn't put this book down. The atmosphere of chilling intrigue and dread that runs throughout the novella kept me on edge constantly. The narration is by the characters, including Dr. Jekyll himself, this adds a desperate anxiety to the narrative and as the plot unfolds this mode of narration creates in the reader a strange mixture of empathy and a hungry desire for the horrific details to be revealed.
After reading the book I was left with a feeling of unease, which I put down to the fact that what Stevenson was essentially writing about, false respectability, the paradox between what one needs/wants to do and what society demands and our unwillingness to address these factors, are not simply bygone symptoms of a repressive Victorian society, these are issues that are as endemic today as they were then.
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CD is great but note not all the text is there - the study guide is weak. Narrator's voice is soothing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for college
My son needed it for college. I cannot say that I liked the story much but that is a question of taste I suppose. Good value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I'd seen the film and knew the story but had never read the original but now I'm glad I did as it was quite dark, eerie and nasty. Just like a children's book should be! Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic gothic novel
Everyone knows the concept of 'Jekyll and Hyde' I'm sure, however it is interesting to read the original novella. Read more
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At first I thought there was a lot of hype surrounding the story, considering the age because sometimes people think a story or movie is a classic because it is old, however this... Read more
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