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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Like most folks, I knew the broad outline of this story, but hadn't actually read it. I'm very glad I did. It's both simpler, and more complex, than a tale of one man split between his higher and his baser selves.

The telling is a combination of memior, and epistilary. Dr. Jeckyll's solicitor tells the story, including reading out some documents, including Dr. Jeckyll's final confession. Through the narrative, we meet a group of wholely believeable characters, through a beautifully structured tale. The writing is lovely and engaging. And the more I think about the plot, the more impressed I become. Generally, I can find a hole or two, but I don't mind in a well-told tale, or a story about really good characters. In this case, I can't find any. Nothing happens purely out of narrative imperative. Even at the end, it makes perfect sense that Edward Hyde not only wants, but needs to return to being Dr. Jeckyll, for all that he hates him.

This is a wonderful example of Sciene Fiction, and hard s/f at that. It is a chemical compound that allows him to seperate himself into two identities. The author very neatly keeps the experiment from being duplicated - the effect was caused by an unkown impurity in an indgredient. Dr. Jeckyll himself tries desperately to recreate the compound, but cannot. I simple makes sense that no one else is able to, either.

The story says volumes about the morals and philosopy of morals of the time. Dr. Jeckyll is trying to divorce himself from what he considers his baser urges. Those urges become a seperate identity, which takes on an outer shape reflecting his inner nature. It's taken for granted that morality or lack thereof would be obvious on someone's face.

Dr. Jeckyll may have been, originally, trying to put aside his baser urges. His chemical compound, however, gave him a way to indulge those urges, without consequence to himself. If Edward Hyde indulged in reprehensible acts, no one would think it had anything to do with Dr. Jeckyll. Even those who knew there was a connection, assumed that Hyde was blackmailing Jeckyll.

I find myself comparing this to the Orginal Series Star Trek Episode, "The Enemy Within". (Yes, everything in the world is connected to Star Trek. Hush.) In this episode, a transporter accident splits Captain Kirk into two men. They're physically identical, but one has all of Kirk's higher, gentler aspects, and the other has all of his baser, more violent aspects. The acting (Yes, there was so acting. Didn't I tell you to hush?) was the only difference between the two Kirks. And, unlike the good Dr. Jeckyll, Kirk found his salvation not in repression, but in integration. To be his best self, he needed both his angel and his devil.

Dr. Jeckyll, however, found that give way to his darker side gave that side power. To him and his contemporaries, Kirk's solution was unthinkable. The baser part of man was a thing to be fought, suppressed, ideally to be killed entirely. Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde is a dramatic lesson in the dangers of giving way to your baser urges. At the end, it was just thinking like Hyde that brought on the transformation; that part of him had become that strong.

I don't, personally, subscribe to that philosophy. But you don't have to agree with the underlying philosophy to be moved by the tale. Dr. Jeckyll let something dangerous into his life. Once he realized just how dangerous, he stopped using the compound, and put Hyde out of his mind entirely. But he gave into temptation. You could imagine him thinking, "It'll be okay just this one time." Who hasn't thought that? But that one more time was his undoing. ( )
  hopeevey | May 19, 2018 |
The text (by Luc Lefort) is a rewriting, not without art, that smooths out the juxtapositions and troubling linguistic opacity of Stevenson’s text and makes it more of a classic detective story, underlining the suspense and adding those small details, observations of behaviour and touches of ‘atmosphere’ that contribute to the attractions of the genre.

Ludovic Debeurne’s illustrations (in sombre tones: dark reds, bluish blacks and greys) depict figures in silent, immobile poses that lead the viewer in an unresolved search for meaning. There are 17 full-page illustrations and 8 smaller ones in the text as well as a black and white vignette at the beginning of each chapter (Jekyll’s head progressively transforming and doubling). Worthy of note: a puzzled Utterson with the Will in a small area of lamplight and surrounding darkness; a shocked Utterson meeting Hyde (face in shadow); a carefully groomed Hyde (or is it the young Jekyll?) studying (for some reason) a walking stick balanced lightly between two raised hands; a Dennis Hopper-like interior with a pensive Utterson (eyes not visible because of reflecting light on his spectacles) and his shadow; and a Jekyll/Hyde figure with two heads, one glancing suspiciously at the other.
1 vote richard_dury | Apr 13, 2018 |
Another classic that I surprisingly enjoyed. This story is well known to anyone who has followed anything to do with pop-culture, but as is often the case, the original was not all that similar to the many different adaptations. The story is basically about Dr. Jeckyll and his journey into becoming two people. Mr. Hyde is obviously his evil side, and the story simply goes through how it came to be and the torments of the Dr. in dealing with the transition. A good story that looks into the human mind and its through process. It does not evolve into any comic book type of story and Mr. Hyde is not a tragic character.

This was a super-quick read and I would recommend it to any fans of literature. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
I read this a while ago but recall it was an interesting read. I think I read it circa 2005.
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
One of my favorite classics. It is a must read for serious readers. ( )
  kammbiamh | Mar 25, 2018 |
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Bentley, B. AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Far away from home, O it's still for you and me
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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.
With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. I say two, because the state of my own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens.
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Suspense, omicidi, atmosfere cupe: c'è quanto basta per restare svegli con Lo Strano Caso del dr. Jekyll e del sig. Hyde. È la storia di un dottore che scopre in una droga il mezzo per trasformarsi in una creatura mostruosa. Ambientato nella Londra del XIX secolo, il romanzo di Stevenson ha inizio in una strada cittadina, con una chiacchierata tra l'avvocato Utterson e suo cugino Enfield. Passeggiando, i due superano una casa che ricorda a Enfield una brutta vicenda: in quell'abitazione era vissuto un certo signor Hyde che aveva picchiato brutalmente una bambina. Utterson resta scosso dal racconto e se ne torna a casa. Ma poco dopo, nel suo studio, fa una scoperta inquietante: il beneficiario del testamento del dottor Jekyll è il signor Hyde. Si mette così sulle trac e di Hyde. Lo trova, gli parla, ma la conversazione dura pochi secondi perchè Hyde interrompe il colloquio bruscamente e sparisce. Invano l'avvocato chiede chiarimenti al dottor Jekyll, di cui è molto amico: il medico è evasivo e, anzi, a un certo punto non si fa neppure trovare. La tensione sale, i colpi di scena si susseguono, c'è un omicidio. Chi ne è l'autore? Utterson insiste con il dottor Jekyll per conoscere la verità. Ma questa verrà alla luce solo negli ultimi due capitoli. Caratterizzato da un ritmo incalzante, il libro di Stevenson esprime la convinzione dello scrittore che la mente umana abbia una doppia natura. Ma è anche un' efficace denuncia dell'ipocrisia della società vittoriana.
Haiku summary
What's in this test tube?
I don't know. Should I drink it?
Sure, what could go wrong?
A mad scientist
divides himself in two parts.
He’s both good and bad.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451528956, Mass Market Paperback)

The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published as a "shilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months, 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. When Stevenson and his family visited America a year later, they were mobbed by reporters at the dock in New York City. Compulsively readable from its opening pages, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is still one of the best tales ever written about the divided self.

This University of Nebraska Press edition is a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based on the original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitals on the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable font that is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword in which she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a "mythopoetic figure" like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and compares Stevenson's creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde, and Dickens.

This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreter as well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains the process by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings, is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, "I went so far as to have my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as being inappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and, like Stevenson, not show Hyde's face." (Also recommended: the edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster

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