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

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This intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities for the soul of one man — one essentially good, the other evil. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveal Robert Louis Stevenson as a novelist of great skill and originality.

Stevenson’s masterpiece of the dichotomy of good and evil in man’s nature sprang from the darkest...
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Overview

This intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities for the soul of one man — one essentially good, the other evil. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveal Robert Louis Stevenson as a novelist of great skill and originality.

Stevenson’s masterpiece of the dichotomy of good and evil in man’s nature sprang from the darkest recesses of his own unconscious—during a nightmare from which his wife awakened him, alerted by his screams. More than a hundred years later, this tale of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll and the drug that unleashes his evil, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde—has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Jekyll’s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul—and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us. Written before Freud’s naming of the ego and the id, Stevenson’s enduring classic demonstrates a remarkable understanding of the personality’s inner conflicts—and remains the irresistibly terrifying stuff of our worst nightmares.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148821236
  • Publisher: PD Books Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 508 KB

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    An intriguing tale on the duality of man

    Like Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a tale of a good man who lets his ambitions lead him astray. But unlike Frankenstein, where one should not judge by looks alone, Mr. Hyde is exactly as he appears. To borrow a cliche, evil incarnate.

    While most of Frankenstein is told from a first-person's perspective, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is narrated by several people who have either met Hyde or knows Jekyll. If I wasn't already aware of how the story played out, I imagine this would have been a great setup for the dramatic revelation at the end. As it is, there are times when I couldn't help but forget about the ending in my search for any tell-tale hints early on to clue in the reader. There are a few but I'm not sure I could have made the correct deduction on my own.

    The battle between the personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is supposed to reflect the duality of man, a battle of good versus evil. If so, the ending is a rather pessimistic outlook isn't it ? Mr. Hyde as the personification of evil may not have escaped just punishment but at least in his struggles with Dr. Jekyll, he gained the upper hand. However if the winner of their battle was Dr. Jekyll, the tale might not have been as memorable. That is my take at least.

    An enjoyable read. Definitely should be read at least once.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    the horror hits you afterwards

    'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' is very well-written and intriguing. The true horror of the tale is not so much the fate of the experimental Dr. Jekyll as a result of his tampering with his soul, but rather the chilling possibilty presented to the reader that if he or she had the same opportunity for evil, the story might well be the same. This novella left me wondering if the potential for such evil as is present in Mr. Hyde really exists in the recesses of everyone's soul. The creepiness of this tale isn't strongly present during the reading of it, but upon contemplating it afterwards, the eeriness sets in.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Opinion of a student...

    I'm 14 years old, and recently had to read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for my English assignment. The assignment was comparing this fiction text, to a non-fiction text about crimes in a similar era. I think that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was good for this assignment, however it was a bit too slow moving for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Poor quality OCR scan

    The letters are quite confused, making this impractical to read. Try the Gutenberg edition instead.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stev

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson may have a long title, but it's a short book to read.

    The Strange Case is about the duality of man: good versus evil, and how everyone has that inside of them.

    Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, finds it odd that his good friend Dr. Jekyll has amended his will in order to leave everything to Mr. Hyde. This is strange because Mr. Hyde is an unappealing man, possibly deformed, not to mention evil, having caused major disturbances and a horrific crime.

    Dr. Jekyll won't get into his relationship with Mr. Hyde, but Mr. Utterson is going to get down to the bottom of the situation eventually!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was short, and while I kind of knew what the premise was, there were pieces I did not know, which made it a better read. You should read it if you enjoy classics, a little bit of horror, and short novels!

    Everyone has good and evil inside of them, and most people work on a balance between the two, shifting more to the good side than the evil side.

    But what if those two sides could be separated?

    Would you want to separate your good side and evil side into two separate people?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Crazy

    Rather have the monry one than this. Doesnt even have story related words.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    Not a great book.

    The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, is very unorignal. While reading, you will find yourself thinking about the point of the story. Well, there is no meaning behind this book. It's hard to enjoy, and you will get nothing out of it. You will not like it, even if you are reading for "fun" DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2003

    GREAT BOOK!!

    im a 14 year old who read this book over the summer for high school next year. I thought it was one of the better books i have read. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2002

    BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommended.

    This book is one of the best books ever written by Robertson. It is about a doctor named Dr. Henry Jekyll. He discovers a potion that can divide his good and evil side. It is narrated by Mr. Utterson. It is set in London, England in the late 1800s or 19th century. The setting is by the mention of wine all through out the book. The author creates suspension by shifting point-of-views. The main theme is dual nature. Man is not good and evil, but a combination of both. The symbolism is great. The book has lots of hidden meanings and can go one way or another. The book is not really believable, but you might believe it depending on who you are. I loved the theme of the book. I also loved how pithy it was. Eventhough the book says that Mr. Hyde is pure evil, there is actually no proof in the novel that makes him worse than your average murderer. Books like Dracula are long and have no excitement, but Robertson uses suspense and makes it exciting. I especially loved the contradiction between good and evil. The book was very close to being realistic. The author used a lot of vocabulary from the 19th century and a wide variety. I had to read this book for my Outside Reading Project and it was very good. Trust me you will love it. Don't use cliff notes, you miss the meaning and ecitement of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    A timeless mystery.

    ¿Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde¿ is a very quick, but interesting read. The genre is a mix between a mystery and a horror. The book, over all, has a dark feel to it, which adds a hint of gloominess. <p> Robert Louis Stevenson delivers the content of this book very well. Throughout the novel, there is an uncomfortable feeling that dwells in the reader¿s mind. The only thing that isn¿t done well is that the outcome of the story was fairly obvious. A factor that might contribute to this is that the tale is very well known in our society. It is still a great read for those who know the story and for those who don¿t.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    great book for a classic

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a really good book. It caught your attention from the beginning of the story.The only thing about the book I didn't like was that it was kind of hard to keep up with. But it had a terrifc suprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Very Good Book

    This is probably the best book I've ever read. Me being just 14 you may say, ' Oh what does this kid know?' Well I've read enough books to know that this is indeed a great book. The book has just one plot but, tops everything off with an ironic and twisted ending. You probably have allready asummed the ending, but if you had no idea of what this book was about you would be in complete ahhhhhhh over it. Very exciting. Set down on a Monday to begin reading it and finished the following night. It's considered a 'Can't put downer'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Strange Case

    What I think of this book is pretty cool but strange. When first I start to read this book everyhting was weird even the characterization. Then I get used to it and it gets more intersting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    One of Best Books

    This book is one of the three best horror books ever made along with Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.' I think everyone should read it to see if they like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2014

    The actual story of Jekyll and Hyde is different than what I exp

    The actual story of Jekyll and Hyde is different than what I expected it to be (LESS creepier, in fact!). It is told simply about a man who can, quite literally, change from one appearance to another, thus creating the effect of two persons. One admittedly better-spirited, and the other having a dark soul. 

    As classics go, this one is written very well. Certainly not a favorite of mine, but still it was worth the read, just to see what it was like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Hydra

    Walks in.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    Continue please

    So horneh

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    CONTINUE!!!!!

    PLEASE CONTINUE!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    The Life of Hyde

    *Riley slowly licked Morgan's c<_>lit, making Morgan shudder. Riley deepened her licks and pulled down Morgan's shorts. Riley lifted Morgan's right leg onto a nearby box, spreading her legs to get a good position. Riley opened up Morgan's p<_<ussy and sucked on its insides. Morgan gasped and moaned.* <br> "ooo! Yea...that feels good..." moaned Morgan. <br> *Riley widened Morgan's legs and slipped a finger inside her, moving in and out. Riley added a second finger and licked up any juices that came out of Morgan. Morgan began to squeeze her n<_>ipples, hard under her touch. Riley moved in and out faster and faster making Morgan twitch with delight. Morgan came all over Riley's fingers and Riley licked them up. <p> Sorry guys but I have to end the chapter here. I'm really busy at the moment and will right either a beyter chapter or the secobd part of this chapter. You'll see. Bye now!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    I lurve it!

    Please read the cl<_>op l whipped up at 'cuni'. &jearts

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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