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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    lucyknows: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness could be paired with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In all three novels the authors depict the struggle of people against the forces of evil.
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    ncgraham: Another great Victorian horror novel.
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    Sylak: Delving the depths of human savagery and corruption.
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    lilisin: Very different stylistically but these books cover the same theme. However, Abe goes into much more detail about the repercussions that comes with letting your other side get the best of you.
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Curious, but quite unexceptional in all but concept. Much of the first half is merely discussion and speculation, and the second, all told through a document, and thus, there seems only a mere instant of action. ( )
  LaPhenix | Nov 22, 2015 |
Everyone knows the story, which makes the book a little hard to categorize. Thought of as horror, it is more of a Victorian mystery - complete with the immense amount of talking common to Sherlock Holmes. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Nov 11, 2015 |
I forgot how much I liked this story. I also forgot how stupid the good doctor is. ( )
  Irena. | Nov 3, 2015 |
Discussed on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, episode 118.

http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2015/10/good-story-118-strange-case-o... ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Oct 23, 2015 |
what a treatise on the dangers of allowing your baser desires any outlet. he doesn't allow much room for good and evil to live together in one person.

or maybe he's saying that living that way would be the only healthy one? that dividing the person into good or evil is a dangerous impossibility that leads to destruction of both?

at first glance it seemed to me a cautionary tale about how your vile self will overtake your good self if you give it any leeway at all. that you'll want to do increasingly evil things if you let yourself do anything that isn't considered purely virtuous. but maybe it's actually that if you don't allow your two selves to integrate, that the evil will bloom and grow on its own and overtake the good. maybe.

either way i'm surprised at how little of the story i remember from a reading only a year and a half ago. most of this little book is taken with the mystery of what is happening to dr jekyll and who hyde is to have such power over him. the crucial part of the story has so entered our cultural consciousness that i don't think it's possible to read this without knowing what the mystery is; i really wonder what reading this would be like not having that knowledge. i would think that the tension and confusion would be building and that it would be an exciting reveal.

this is an interesting psychological study and a quick but relatively deep read for its size.

3 stars

from may, 2014:

this is a quick but pretty intense read. it was vaguely familiar so i'm sure i read it before, probably ages ago. i still had a slightly different impression of what it was about, and was really pleased to find it to really be a statement of the struggle between the "good" and "evil" sides that we all have. the very very good doctor was excited to let his evil side out and have a little fun, and i think this is desire or struggle is a really interesting truth for so many people.

as a book it was well paced and fast moving. an easy read that makes you think; i'm glad to have reread it.

3.5 stars ( )
  elisa.saphier | Oct 4, 2015 |
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Stevenson, Robert Louisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Øye, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, B. AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaon, DanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charyn, JeromeAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finzi, GilbertoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallone, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haglund, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, OskarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krog, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RunePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMullan, KateAdaptersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, NilsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorn, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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It's ill to loose the bands that God decreed to bind;
Still will we be the children of the heather and the wind,
Far away from home, O it's still for you and me
That the broom is blowing bonnie in the north countrie.
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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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When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde.

A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.

In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.

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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.

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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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In a classic story of good and evil, a gentle doctor's experiment into the duality of the soul goes awry and he is transformed into a hideous monster at night.

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