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This simplified retelling of the classic novella is clearly meant for students. There are quotes from the original throughout, but the majority of the text consists of paraphrased summaries of Stevenson's story. Vocabulary words and potentially confusing plot points are footnoted and explained. Sometimes this addition is well executed, but there are several instances in which words that are fairly self-explanatory are defined anyway, giving the book an overly educational feel. The story itself fills just 33 pages of a 48-page book. The rest of the space is filled with biographical information on Stevenson, a science/medicine/crime time line from 1765 to 1850, and a history of performances based on the novel. Gelev's artwork is skilled and realistic, and he does wonderful things with glowing lights from candles and lanterns. Unfortunately the art does not get a chance to shine because the layout isolates each (too-small) image from the others on the page. The only place where readers can really appreciate Gelev's talents is on the front cover, which shows Jekyll mixing the potion, drinking it, and turning into Hyde. Which, if you think about it, will spoil the biggest surprise in the story for anyone unfamiliar with it. This is a serviceable book for larger collections where classics in graphic novel form are needed.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Posted January 13, 2011
I picked up this book because it was short and seemed like a simple enough read. Also, I had never heard anything of this book except for the title, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so I decided to give it a try. As I read the first page, the first thing I noticed was the in depth description of the main character was amazing. The way that Robert Louis Stevenson gets the message of his writing across is incredible. The word choice and grammar that he uses prints a perfect image in your head. Because you can picture this story so well, I definitely helps grab the reader's attention.
One flawless attribute of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the plot of the story that doesn't actually come into full focus until the end of the story. One of the main things that is so great about this classic is the mystery and complicatedness of the many events that happen throughout the story that all contribute to the horror at the end. I very much enjoyed reading the end of the book when a certain something was revealed and it honestly caught me off guard. Overall, the idea of the storyline is very intriguing.
Another attribute of this story was the characters. Although Mr. Stevenson only includes characters that have pretty vital roles in the story, he describes them and their actions so well its fun to picture each and every individual in a very detailed way. I think that the many characteristics that he gives each character helps him or her perform their role in the story better such as Mr. Hyde appearance leads you to believe that he is a evil, wicked man.
To be honest, the book actually was a little slow at times and I felt my mind wandering occasionally. Especially at the beginning, this book almost has so much detail that that it seemed not needed. Compared to what I am used to reading, this book was different but still interesting. Just the thought of someone splitting the soul into good and evil and evolving into a human was quite the idea for a book that was written in the 60's. I think that one of the says that Mr. Stevenson keeps the readers intrigued and the suspense high is by switching from viewpoint to viewpoint. Another way is that he waits to resolve all the conflicts of the story until the very end. This value makes the story fun to read.
I think that I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a short, semi-straightforward, book that is pretty full of suspenseful action (at least after the beginning). Even though the language is tough at times, I think that any age would enjoy a short story of a scientist that drinks a potion and turns into a murderous mad man (simplified of course). All in all, I think that the book is wonderfully written and really deserves to be a classic.
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Posted June 4, 2012
This book was well written, interesting and unlike anything id ever read before so it made it worth it. However, it was sometimes hard for me to follow. Its a better read for older people, maybe 11th grade and up.
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Posted April 28, 2012
Had to get this book for my son. It was part of an assignment he had for his High School English class. Very good book with twists and turns. A real classic for those who enjoy reading. Not everyone may enjoy the story due to when the time is set. Still for those who love reading and going to a different place and time, you will enjoy the read.
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Some of the post I read on here look like a 5th greader wrote them!If you are going to post something online make it look nice and not like you are texting a frend!
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Posted June 15, 2012
I have to read this book for a class next year (seventh grade) and I tjought I could get this version because it was free bur when I got to the first page there were soooo.many grammatical misstakes and publishing errors I could not get throught tje first chapter.
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Posted March 24, 2012
I enjoyed the book and it was an easy, short, comfortable read. I'm not sure if RLS had any special intent when he wrote it, like illustrating that all of us have a very bad side but it was well done. What amused me about this book and countless others is the way medicine is represented as constantly making new and spectacular discovers (like Dr. Jekyll coming up with a formula that actually split his personality into it's good and bad sides). I'm 63 soon to be 64 and my experience of the progress of medicine is that it's extremely limited and extremely slow. I was recently tested for allergies and I was also tested for allergies when I was 9 (for those not so good at math that's 54 years ago) and they are still using the same methods. The War on cancer started over 50 years ago and to quote a physician acquaintance of mine "the cure rate is pathetic". Had asthma as a kid and know some children that have it now and the treatment methods are basically the same! In The book of Alcoholics Anonymous written in 1939 it makes the statement that "maybe one day medicine will make a normal drinker out of an alcoholic". That was written 73 years ago and thousands of people are still dying from alcoholism every year; no magic pill yet! A more cynical person might say there is a whole lot more money in treatment than in a cure. Anyway the book is good so read it.
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Posted February 19, 2012
I just started this book, and, trust me, there have been some times I wanted to DIE 'cause it was so boring. (This book is required, BTW.) But, once you get through death, you go to heaven. It actually turned out to be a really thought-out, suspenseful short story. Like I said, though, I just started it, so I have no idea what's in store.
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