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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Paperback]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Jan. 1 1991 0486266885 978-0486266886 REP
This intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveal Stevenson as a novelist of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good classic. Feb. 28 2014
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Everyone should read this classic book. There are so many references in life to this book, and also helps one deal with one's demons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arrived fast Sept. 27 2013
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It was exactly what I wanted and it was delivered fast! Great seller! recommend buying from them. they had great service
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Atty. Mr. Utterson is worried, as the keeper of Dr Henry Jekyll's will. The will gives everything to Edward Hyde incase of Henry's death or disappearance. Mr. Utterson met the hideous Hyde once and does not trust him. Well it looks like Henry's will will have to be executed as the housekeeper; Mr. Pool thinks Hyde hid Henry's body.

Once again, I saw Spencer Tracy before I read the book, so I was anticipating a different type of story. I read "Treasure Island" so I am familiar with Stevenson's writing style but I did not realize that this story was more of a mystery that draws the conclusion and revelation in the end. The explanation of man and his duel personality is excellent and I suspect he draws on personal experience.

I read the kindle version. It was sparse and strait forward; there was not a lot of fluff and speculation from other personalities. I made sure that the text-to speech was activated before purchasing. This helped but I had to keep reminding myself that the names were mispronounced.

In any event without the kindle I probably would have bought the book but not gotten around to reading it for a few years.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Duality of Man Jan. 26 2009
This book really provides an interesting insight on the duality of man. This novel really is short and sweet, I read it very quickly, but enjoyed every single word. I of course, knew nothing of the book going into it, other than the flawd vision that television had told me of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. For 1.15 I couldn't have picked a better book to buy.

I really do not enjoy reading reviews where the reviewer discusses plot details of the book. If you are thinking of reading this book, I highly suggesting doing so, you won't regret it. Unless you have a sudden change of character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short - and an absolute classic June 14 2004
By Brendan
This book is less of a gripping story and more of a thought-provoking read. Stevenson could have written a much longer story following Jekyll and Hyde, a story that was more interesting and with more action. But what he did, was left it short, but gave the reader plenty to think about. What happens if we get rid of all inhibitions? Is there a monster inside of each of us trying to get out for a while?
Stevenson created a short story that everyone should read. He creates a mystery and waits until the end to explain exactly what has been happening. Even if you know the main idea behind Jekyll and Hyde from TV or movies, read the book. The story is unique, dark, and mysterious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stevenson's psychological nightmare realized May 17 2004
By A.J.
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is arguably the single most famous metaphor that Western literature has bestowed upon the public conscience, and certainly the most ubiquitous metaphor for duality of personality. But what of the artistic quality of the novella itself? The outer plot -- involving the detection of Henry Jekyll's double identity by his friend and lawyer Gabriel Utterson -- is the least interesting facet of the story; Stevenson's concept, inspired by a nightmare, and the vivid language he uses to convey it, are what impress the most upon the reader.
The respected London scientist Henry Jekyll seems normal enough, but he is fascinated by what he considers to be two distinct sides to his (or, he believes, anybody's) personality, which can be described crudely as good and evil. He furthermore believes these sides are physically separable, just as water can be separated into its constituent elements, hydrogen and oxygen, by electrolysis; and so he invents a potion that essentially splits his personality so that only one side will manifest itself while the other becomes latent. In this way, Jekyll reasons, the "good" side may be an agent of good works without being burdened by the disgrace of an inherent evil, and the "evil" side is free to do his damage without the pangs of remorse he would inherit from the conscience of his good twin. In Freudian terms, Jekyll is the ego, Hyde is the id, but unfortunately -- and this is the point that drives the story -- Jekyll has no superego to tell him that the potion is an irresponsibly bad idea in the first place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defenitly a classic May 11 2004
This book is defenitly a classic. It probably could have been of longer. If it was at least the length of franenstein I am sure I would have given it 5 stars. The book does a great job of exploring man's dual nature. It is good for a quick read on a rainy day. Anyone who wants to say they've read the classics should read this book. Of course that is just my opnion, I could be wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex is the man April 30 2004
By Alex
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. hyde is a story that is told in weird scenario. This is a book that is told in a collection of letters. the letters compile to make a great scary story for people of all ages. The fact that this story is told the way it is gives it a real life feeling. When I was reading it I felt like it was a real case that happened in the streets of London. The letters that are made make it seem like that the case happened because it gives the tail of many people from the story. Even though the story is well known around Europe and the US the ending is still classic. The fact that the story is ended in a letter is quite original on Stevenson's part. It probably would have been more of a thriller if I had known the ending. The ending is probably the most well known in literature history and that kind of stinks. This book will actually make you touch a little on you evil side.
By: Alex Cruce
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