Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Bubbling potions can be bad for your health! Just ask Dr. Jekyll. By day, he's a kind doctor. But by night, he's the merciless kill Mr. Hyde. And all because of a magic formula. Will anybody find out the horrible secret of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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red_hawk_1649
Jan 27, 2021

Robert Louis Stevenson is a master of books from Treasure Island to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He makes the whole story a mystery so fascinating it's hard to not flip to the back of the book. Jekyll represents the fear most people have: having a strong reputation. He tries to hide from the consequences of being a bad man by creating Hyde. Jekyll's dilemma and confession at the end is somewhat satisfying; however, it is better than your "normal ending" as it leaves Jekyll dead at the hands of his own evil persona. Stevenson's display about the duality of man leaves the reader to wonder about their own choices and actions like the protagonist, Mr. Utterson.

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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.

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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.

I don't know how many other people are bothered by this, but it's extremely annoying for me and they never tell me on the site when I look. So I thought I would let anyone know who wants to know before they get this book. It's has illustrations. But not the picture on it's own separate page, they are on the side of the pages and make the words form around it, if that makes any sense. It's also kind of large, measures 7 inches by about 10 inches. Not that big, I know, but still bigger than a normal book.

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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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Rampey
Dec 06, 2019

Violence: very dark

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