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

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A kind and well-respected doctor can turn himself into a murderous madman by taking a secret drug he's created.
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe, lucyknows)
    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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    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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    Waldstein: The Penguin Classics edition is worth having by all who enjoy Stevenson's brilliant little novel. The Introduction, Notes and afterword by Robert Mighall vary in quality and contain some superficial, misguided or simply irrelevant stuff. But they also contain some fascinating background and useful annotations.… (more)
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I wish I could know what it was like to be one of the first people to read this book. The way it's written, it's best not to know of Dr. Jekyll's "condition" from the beginning (or at least put it out of your mind). Truly a great mystery! ( )
  SeanBoley | Jun 5, 2021 |
This struck me as less about the conflict between good and evil in a person's soul, and more about Victorian bourgeois hypocrisy.

Prior to Jekyll's transformation, he uses the shield of medical respectability to indulge his unnamed, and therefore probably sexual, vices (the other main vices of Victorian England, gambling and alcohol, not being unnameable), and had already been leading a double life.

His potion, Jekyll says, has the potential to emphasise either the "good" or "evil" traits of the personality, in his Case unleashing Hyde due to his preexisting affinity for wickedness. Before the transformation, Jekyll had to hide this part of his life; as Hyde he is both more concealed and more visible to "polite society", which is more concerned with appearances than substance. Although we don't get to follow Jekyll or Hyde into the world of their indulgences, it is likely that the people of that echelon of society better knew the quality of Henry Jekyll, and were of old acquainted with the qualities, if not the figure, of Edward Hyde. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | May 15, 2021 |
Delve into the depths of the human psyche and explore what it can be like to have two people living inside you at once! This story follows Dr. Jekyll, a pleasant and well liked doctor with a sinister secret; he transforms occasionally into the violent and unpredictable Mr. Hyde. This book is recommended for late high school students such as juniors and seniors as they will love the thrill of exploring split personality disorder through the fictional lens of Stevenson's writing while gaining exposure to a classic piece of science fiction literature, ( )
  amassa1994 | Apr 27, 2021 |
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  Aido2021 | Apr 5, 2021 |
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I wish I could have heard the story through Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde versus through the friends/colleagues - I think I would have found it much more engaging. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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Stevenson, Robert LouisAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armitage, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Øye, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, B. AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaon, DanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charyn, JeromeAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W.A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eyre, A. G.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finzi, GilbertoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallone, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nabokov, VladimirIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Razzini, VieriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thesing, CurtTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thesing, MargueriteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorn, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, C. KingsleyEditorsecondary 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.
Dedication
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KATHARINE DE MATTOS
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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.
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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.
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What's in this test tube?
I don't know. Should I drink it?
Sure, what could go wrong?
(Carnophile)
A mad scientist
divides himself in two parts.
He’s both good and bad.
(marcusbrutus)

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