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

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde" as a " chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, "Jekyll And Hyde" is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, "Jekyll And Hyde" was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to "Madame Bovary" and "Dead Souls" as " a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction." "From the Paperback edition."… (more)
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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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    The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Another great Victorian horror novel.
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    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Sylak)
    Sylak: Delving the depths of human savagery and corruption.
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    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (chrisharpe)
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    The Face of Another by Kōbō Abe (lilisin)
    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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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson (Waldstein)
    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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Not my favorite classic that I've ever read in my life. It was okay. I understand why this is considered a classic. It just wasn't for me. ( )
  mythical_library | Jun 15, 2022 |
recensione sul blog: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/04/recensione-92-lo-strano-caso-del-dr.htm...


-Non è facile da descrivere. C'è qualcosa che non va, nel suo aspetto; qualcosa di spiacevole, qualcosa di senz'altro detestabile.

Chi non conosce la storia raccontata in questo libro? Devono essere molto pochi! Io avevo già letto questo libro al liceo... E non mi era piaciuto. Ora però l'ho letto di mia volontà assieme ad altre due blogger, e la canzone cambia!
Fine Ottocento, Utterson, amico del Dr. Jekyll, capisce che qualcosa non va, e che quel qualcosa porta il nome di Mr. Hyde. Il gentiluomo comincia quindi ad indagare, con scarsi risultati, fino alla confessione dei suoi amici Dr. Lanyon e Dr. Jekyll.
La cosa particolare di questo libro è che fino all'ultimo capito è Utterson a scoprire le cose, e non il Dr. Jekyll a parlarci dei suoi esperimenti in modo diretto. È strano scoprire le cose da un personaggio che non ha a che fare direttamente con quello che sta succedendo nel corpo e nella mente di Jekyll, e mi domando come possa aver reagito chi lo leggeva per la prima volta, anche perché l'inizio non rivela molto, a parte la vista di Hyde.
Dentro questo breve libro troviamo concetti molto profondi, a partire dall'ambivalenza dell'anima tra il Bene e il Male, che hanno due aspetti molto diversi e che mentre nelle nostre anime si mescolano fino a diventare un qualcosa di "Grigio", se divisi si rivelano per quello che siamo veramente.
È il caso di Mr. Hyde, appunto una creatura maligna nascosta dentro un uomo buono come Jekyll. Nessuno riesce davvero ad afferrare il suo vero aspetto, ma tutti capiscono che c'è qualcosa di totalmente sbagliato in lui, qualcosa che porta ad odiarlo a prima vista. Anche la piccola descrizione che abbiamo di lui lo rende completamente diverso dal buon Jekyll. Con un aspetto che mi ha ricordato il legame della Grecia antica bello/buono e brutto/cattivo, Hyde si rivela essere mostruoso, molto più basso della sua controparte, con una smorfia malvagia perennemnte sul viso, e detestabile al solo guardarlo. Hyde compie crimini efferati, pensa solo a fare del male e non ha sensi di colpa, e pian piano riesce a prendere il sopravvento sul povero Jekyll, che invece viene descritto come una persona affabile con molti amici, tranquillo, gentile.
I due sono talmente diversi che si ha anche un tono religioso nel libro: Hyde viene descritto come un demone, un figlio dell'inferno, dallo stesso Jekyll, che a detta di Lanyon ha compiuto una blasfemia con il suo esperimento.
Utterson potremmo facilmente essere noi lettori, forse, ma ciò che continua ad interessarci è il rapporto ambivalente tra Jekyll e Hyde, due facce della stessa medaglia che si ritrovano improvvisamente divise. Entrambi vengono ben definiti psicologicamente, e il libro mi è piaciuto anche per questo motivo.
Insomma, in questo breve testo che si potrebbe facilmente leggere in una giornata, anche perché scovvervole, si nascondono temi molto profondi. I Classici lo sono per una ragione, e per questo vi invito a leggerli, in quanto pur scritti anche secoli fa, continuano a trasmetterci qualcosa. ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Clearly it's impossible not to know the twist, but even so this is a great read. It's a well paced and suitably grotesque chiller, but most of all a thoughtful meditation on the duality of man. I loved it. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
Good book. Definitely worth reading. However, I didn't care much for the structure of the text. ( )
  Sarahbrarian | Feb 3, 2022 |
A reread for me, but it had been long enough that I was ready to revisit it while Charlie read it for the first time for his ELA class. It's funny how so many of these kinds of classic stories, when appropriated for movies and TV, take on a completely different life and end up looking not much at all like their originals. But it's not at all surprising is that it's the stories with such potential for carrying higher truths that get this treatment - this is what myths do (function as vehicles for every new teller's message), and in that way stories like Jekyll and Hyde are very close to belonging to a kind of mythology. So, although I like Treasure Island loads more, I still appreciate the qualities inherent in this one. ( )
  electrascaife | Jan 18, 2022 |
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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
Gelev, PenkoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haglund, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, OskarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krog, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RunePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moshynski, SusanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, NilsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliva, SalvadorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
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.
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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Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde" as a " chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, "Jekyll And Hyde" is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, "Jekyll And Hyde" was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to "Madame Bovary" and "Dead Souls" as " a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction." "From the Paperback edition."

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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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