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A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. F A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. Full of mystery and fright, this story has remained popular for more than a century and has been adapted countless times—over 132 in film alone. An instant success and popular with students of morality, this thrilling tale is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, making it a chic and affordable addition to every library. Lexile score: 990L


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A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. F A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil. Full of mystery and fright, this story has remained popular for more than a century and has been adapted countless times—over 132 in film alone. An instant success and popular with students of morality, this thrilling tale is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, making it a chic and affordable addition to every library. Lexile score: 990L

30 review for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories (Word Cloud Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz Janet

    This book basically screams: DO NOT TEST EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS ON YOURSELF OR YOU MIGHT JUST END UP WITH A SPLIT PERSONALITY FROM A DOCTOR WITH REPRESSIVE DEPRAVITIES URGES TO A PERVERTED MURDERER. Honestly there is more to it, like the basic duality between a classicists society and the individual; but also the more simplified good versus evil, the civilized versus the uncivilized, the conscious and the unconscious, and a lot of other Freudian theories I cannot care less for. Read it, knowing the pl This book basically screams: DO NOT TEST EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS ON YOURSELF OR YOU MIGHT JUST END UP WITH A SPLIT PERSONALITY FROM A DOCTOR WITH REPRESSIVE DEPRAVITIES URGES TO A PERVERTED MURDERER. Honestly there is more to it, like the basic duality between a classicists society and the individual; but also the more simplified good versus evil, the civilized versus the uncivilized, the conscious and the unconscious, and a lot of other Freudian theories I cannot care less for. Read it, knowing the plot is actually half the fun, it is mostly about how we get there rather than what we already know. Enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is the second time I'm reading this classic and I must say that my former rating did not do it justice. Maybe it is Mr. Stevenson's melancholic writing style that prompted my earlier rating. I can't actually remember. But having read it again today, I am revising my opinion. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been incorporated in many tales, into comics even (in The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen for example). In most of those tales Mr. Hyde is Hulk-like; brutish and big. In the This is the second time I'm reading this classic and I must say that my former rating did not do it justice. Maybe it is Mr. Stevenson's melancholic writing style that prompted my earlier rating. I can't actually remember. But having read it again today, I am revising my opinion. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been incorporated in many tales, into comics even (in The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen for example). In most of those tales Mr. Hyde is Hulk-like; brutish and big. In the original story he wasn’t. On the contrary, he was smaller than Dr. Jekyll; dwarvish and scarred. Remarkably (and not too wrongly) he sometimes also is portrayed as just another „normal-looking“ man. Because the threat of Mr. Hyde is not physical strength but rather the feeling he invokes in people around him. Nobody seems able to point at something in particular or even name WHY they feel so uneasy when around Mr. Hyde. It is, simply put, his not being bound by social conventions – he is the dark side of every human, relishing in everything Victorian society condemns as immoral. One can only guess what the author meant. Physical violence was certainly a part of it (there are references to well-standing citizens paying for other men to perform tasks they can’t themselves because of their social standing). However, I think it goes beyond that. In several parts of the tale the author refers to passions and lusts and temptations so it’s only logical that he meant sexual desires as well (Dr. Henry Jekyll was a bachelor and at the time of this novel there were several "scientific papers" commenting on masturbation). Whatever it all was, it literally split Dr. Jekyll in two and makes for an interesting character study as well as a very interesting look at the hypocrisy of Victorian English society (the aforementioned gentlemen still doing despicable things, only having the actual deeds performed by people they pay to keep their own hands clean). Interestingly, Dr. Jekyll at several moments in the novel says how he pities Hyde although it is Hyde who held the power – this reminded me of a junkie after rehab, saying that he/she can go back to being clean any time they want but rather choose not to, when we all know that that is rubbish. Hubris is the term I believe (a doctor, a man of learning, succumbing to his darker side but being unable to admit defeat because he thinks his intellect makes him superior). In many ways there is a parallel between all or at least most novels of this time – apparently many saw the facade of Victorian English society and called it out for what it was. This particular novel is perfectly rounded in its own way. The writing is, as mentioned before, rather melancholic, but that befits the story. The way it is told is like a mystery case solved so the events are not always linear. However, all that put together (plus the perfect length of the narration, it being "only" a novella) make for an excellent classic that remarks upon a lot without ever actually naming particulars - the author seems to let the reader fill in the blanks with their own Mr. Hyde-ish thoughs and desires.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    It's always a pleasant surprise to read a book for school and fall in love with it. I already knew the basic premise of this story, but the book just added so much more to it and it really adds interesting elements to it. I'm actually eager to write my assignment on this now instead of just dreading it. It's always a pleasant surprise to read a book for school and fall in love with it. I already knew the basic premise of this story, but the book just added so much more to it and it really adds interesting elements to it. I'm actually eager to write my assignment on this now instead of just dreading it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    kaja

    "Now, we know that life is only a stage to play the fool upon as long as the part amuses us." life would be so much more unparalleled if i had even an infinitesimal piece of grandeur that is prince florizel of bohemia "Now, we know that life is only a stage to play the fool upon as long as the part amuses us." life would be so much more unparalleled if i had even an infinitesimal piece of grandeur that is prince florizel of bohemia

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kissa

    This book is a nice collection of pieces written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Although all share a theme of mystery, each holds to it's own, never feeling like a repeated tale. If you are looking to introduce yourself to Stevenson's work, this is a good place to start. After having seen so many film adaptations of the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it was nice to finally read the source material. Although it captured my interest with its gothic and science aspects, similar to Mary Shelley's This book is a nice collection of pieces written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Although all share a theme of mystery, each holds to it's own, never feeling like a repeated tale. If you are looking to introduce yourself to Stevenson's work, this is a good place to start. After having seen so many film adaptations of the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it was nice to finally read the source material. Although it captured my interest with its gothic and science aspects, similar to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, having the story told from characters who only interact with Jekyll and Hyde at a distance made the story come off as lacking. I felt I finished the tale with more questions and confusion than a sense of satisfaction. I am not sure if this is because of the media versions I've encountered, which have expanded on the basic story, and so made me expect more of an intimate relation with the mentioned characters than what we were given. Overall, it's still a good story and I would recommend others to read it; it'll probably just take me a few re-reads to come to love it for what it is. While the concept of "Suicide Club" started off intriguing, I eventually found myself losing interest. It was hard to return to the story after each brief reading break and remember what progressed. Perhaps the tale extended longer than it needed to or maybe none of the characters captured my interest beyond the initial meeting. Either way, I didn't enjoy it as much as the other featured works. The way "Rajah's Diamond" is written was quite fascinating to see in use. I enjoyed seeing how events unfolded as the Diamond passed hands. However, I felt the endings for each character's tale came to a close too abruptly; in fact, there were times I felt the tale could have gone a bit longer before continuing on with the next character. Plus I would have preferred a smooth transition from character to character, rather than ending almost every chapter with "We end our travels with so-and-so and must continue with our next person." Aside from that, I think this was my favorite short story featured in the book. "Pavilion on the Links" is on the fence for me. The story is quite fascinating and keeps you on your toes on what will happen next. But then at other times, it feels like the story is "calling wolf," making it seem like something big is going to happen but then nothing does; when the climax does finally come, it's a bit of a let down. It was also confusing on who the narrator was telling the story to - there's only one very brief mention that indicates who it might have been but otherwise remains unclear. I think the vague statements on how the main characters know each other and how their relationship with each other is led to the feeling of missing something. This is one of the better short stories but does seem like it could've used a bit more work to fully make it a gem. Among all of the tales in this book, "Story of Francis Villon" has to be my least favorite. We barely get details on who Francis is and why we should care about him, and how he knows the other people he spends the early evening with. The conflict that sets everything into motion seems out of place and even more so how calmly (or close to it) everyone else reacts to it. In the end, I was just left confused on what the story was about overall and what I was supposed to take away from it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    I really love the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so I was really excited to read some more by this author. I was really happy with my reread, I enjoyed the story as much as I have in the past. The other short stories varied, but overall I enjoyed them as well. If you enjoy Jekyll and Hyde, I think you will enjoy the rest of these stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna (thefutureempress)

    I'm giving this short story collection a 4-star rating solely because of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(⭐) I'm still debating if this story is a 4-star or a 5-star rating. It's definitely a high 4-star! I read this twice, having to get used to the writing style and storytelling, however, I enjoyed it equally both times! Where the first time, I was fascinated by the story and the circumstances around it, the second time I was more immersed I'm giving this short story collection a 4-star rating solely because of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(⭐) I'm still debating if this story is a 4-star or a 5-star rating. It's definitely a high 4-star! I read this twice, having to get used to the writing style and storytelling, however, I enjoyed it equally both times! Where the first time, I was fascinated by the story and the circumstances around it, the second time I was more immersed in the use of language and the direct hints at the obvious ending. I especially loved the "humans contain both good and evil, it's just what they feed the most that defines them" discussion. In my notes from the first time reading it I wrote: "the parent to the Hulk". I have no idea what I meant by it, lol. The Suicide Club: ⭐⭐(⭐) The tricky thing about this story is that I loved the vibes from the first chapter (Story of the Young Man With the Cream Tarts), however, the rest of the story I just didn't care about at all. It felt like when you tell a joke and when no one laughs you begin to explain it. Yeah, that's what the rest of the story felt like. It was boring and unnecessary. I wish that it was only the first chapter. The Rajah's Diamond: ⭐⭐(⭐) I feel like this story was better executed in introducing new characters for each chapter relating to the main story. The flow was somewhat easier to follow, even though I just didn't care all that much about the plot. Where in The Suicide Club I was interested in the premise, in The Rajah's Diamond I just wasn't interested. Though I do have come to enjoy the character of the Prince of Bohemia. Also, I don't know if it's wrongly interpreted on my side, but I did enjoy how modern the women were portrayed considering the time period that it was written in (Lady Vandeleur might be portrayed as a villain, but in a competent kind of way, am I right?) The Pavilion on the Links: ⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed the storytelling aspect of this story-it was like Frank Cassilis was telling his children the story of how he met their mother, but other than that, I don't really see much point of the story, especially Mr. Northmour. Make up your mind, Robert Louis Stevenson, is he a friend or a foe? A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this story a lot. Having in mind that this was what started the short story genre, it was well written and I actually got something out of it-and it's the shortest of the bunch! The setting was well written and the message wasn't pushed upon you-you had the ability to decide if you sided with Francis or the soldier. I liked the discussion between a soldier and a thief: one with a public sort of honour and another with honour on the inside where no one sees. The discussion of privilege and social class, how faith is a privilege for the rich while the poor have no time to think about God when all they can think about is when and how to get their next meal, how to provide. It's amazing what a few couples of pages can do and Robert Louis Stevenson proved that with this short story. It also kind of reminded me of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, even though that one isn't as short as this one, lol.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    This review is for Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde only; I didn’t read the other stories. The story was a drag to get through at times, with details seemingly only mattering to Stevenson when he’s detailing something painfully uninteresting. If you actually want to hear more about something neat mentioned in the story, good luck. The frequent change in narrative perspective was an enjoyable choice. There was a lot of suspense, although I did feel very underwhelmed by the end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Ann

    “If he be Mr. Hyde” “I shall be Mr. Seek” I read this book as a teenager & thought it amazing. However, I’m not so impressed the second time around… It’s not bad by any means, I rather like the themes, but it’s not great either. I like how the duality of man is portrayed in the book. I also think there’s a hint of homosexuality. I guess maybe the language made it less assessable??

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    3 Stars! I quite enjoyed Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. Nothing scary or horror like about it but it was well written, entertainingly written. It wasn't a draggy read, pretty short book actually. And though everyone knows who and what Jekyll and Hyde is, it didn't destroy the story for me. I think I liked how it was told from someone else's perspective in third person (does that make sense?) it was focused on someone else's view but written in third person. I think I found the character 3 Stars! I quite enjoyed Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. Nothing scary or horror like about it but it was well written, entertainingly written. It wasn't a draggy read, pretty short book actually. And though everyone knows who and what Jekyll and Hyde is, it didn't destroy the story for me. I think I liked how it was told from someone else's perspective in third person (does that make sense?) it was focused on someone else's view but written in third person. I think I found the characters reactions of Hyde kind of funny and how afraid everyone was. Overall, I liked the story. There are 4 other stories in this book. They weren't great reads but enjoyable. They were like investigative stories but not focused on crime, more getting to the truth of the matter. The second story, The Suicide Club, I found too late long, some parts unnecessary though it was a good idea. The third story, The Rajah's Diamond, I really liked the beginning. The rest of the story was okay. The fourth story, The Pavillion On The Links, was an okay story though It was a short one. I did enjoy the fighting over the lady between the two men funny. The final story, A Lodging For The Night: A Story Of Francis Villon, was extremely short! I enjoyed the way it was written, the start was good but I didn't see a point in the end. It seemed like an idea that went nowhere. I think I found the other stories started off well but didn't end so good. I would only recommend them to those who enjoy stories about finding out the truth. Like something is happening with someone and someone else must find out what's going on with that person. I wouldn't have a clue what to call that in one word.

  11. 5 out of 5

    carolina

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a story I knew but had never read. Now that I finally did I have to say I’m disappointed. The fact that it is told through the eyes of Mr Utterson, a lawyer, made it so boring. I would’ve loved to read this story from Jekyll's perspective but alas, we only got a short letter from him at the end. The story was way shorter than expected and again, disappointing. The Suicide Club, a cool concept but poorly executed, the title made me think something else was going to happen Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a story I knew but had never read. Now that I finally did I have to say I’m disappointed. The fact that it is told through the eyes of Mr Utterson, a lawyer, made it so boring. I would’ve loved to read this story from Jekyll's perspective but alas, we only got a short letter from him at the end. The story was way shorter than expected and again, disappointing. The Suicide Club, a cool concept but poorly executed, the title made me think something else was going to happen, it raised my expectations and the actual story was just meh. It’s divided in three short stories, the second one was interesting, it’s about a man that’s almost framed in a murder, but the other two are just boring. The Rajah's Diamond is about a servant who’s supposed to deliver a box which turns out to have a bunch of diamonds, most of them get stolen and it connects to one of the characters from the suicide club. The diamonds go from man to man, from hand to hand in a whirl of thieves and corruption, but again, not really worth it. The Pavilion on the Links; two men who once were best friends drift apart but find each other again after some years. One of them tries to solve the mystery of why his friend is hiding people in a pavilion on an island. It has a mysterious and slightly romantic vibe. Needless to say, I enjoyed this one. A Lodging for the Night is about a thief who ends up in the house of a knight in a cold night after killing a man. They talk about the injustices of war, God, and the parallels of soldier and thief.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kae Fadri

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: ★★★★★ Suicide Club and Rajah’s Diamond: ★★★ A series of short stories with Prince Florizel of Bohemia as a recurring character. Despite being a monarch, he has “a taste for life more adventurous and eccentric than that he was destined,” He assists people who stumble on dangerous situations, and comes off as an inexperienced detective. I really enjoyed the concept of a society that helps one another to frame the end of their lives, and I wish it were the main focus of the th Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: ★★★★★ Suicide Club and Rajah’s Diamond: ★★★ A series of short stories with Prince Florizel of Bohemia as a recurring character. Despite being a monarch, he has “a taste for life more adventurous and eccentric than that he was destined,” He assists people who stumble on dangerous situations, and comes off as an inexperienced detective. I really enjoyed the concept of a society that helps one another to frame the end of their lives, and I wish it were the main focus of the three-part story. Unfortunately, both Suicide Club and Rajah’s Diamond focused on the characters, who were divided between good and bad. The main characters had the tendency to make naïve decisions, but always come out unscathed from their illegal acts. Pavilion on the Links: ★★★ On the coast of Graden-Easter, Cassilis finds the pavilion of his old friend occupied and a woman who tells him to flee from the vicinity. After reading three stories that take place in populated cities, it was refreshing to read about a house near the open ocean.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    An amazing collection of lyrical tales of crime, psychology and the horrors of humanity. I love that Stevenson takes the modern setting of London at that time, the common, everyday livelihoods and creates a dark and twisted tale. There are so many layers within these stories that create a world in which I am constantly questioning my daily life. Even over a hundred years after these stories were published. One of the things that I always enjoy about classics is that fact that they have multiple l An amazing collection of lyrical tales of crime, psychology and the horrors of humanity. I love that Stevenson takes the modern setting of London at that time, the common, everyday livelihoods and creates a dark and twisted tale. There are so many layers within these stories that create a world in which I am constantly questioning my daily life. Even over a hundred years after these stories were published. One of the things that I always enjoy about classics is that fact that they have multiple layers and realities which you can sink your teeth into. These tales can be read again, and again, and again and there will always be a new layer you can find. I suppose that’s why they’re classics. But this collection has certainly moved to the top of my list of favourite classics… it’s just that little bit darker, and that little bit more twisted. For individual reviews, head to: https://earthandskye.org/categories/s...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Émilie

    Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 3 stars Hard to follow for somebody which English is not the main language The Suicide Club : 2 stars I was so lost. I think the majority of the action is telled, not showed (and even move over). The second chapter is really long for only a small exposition and most of the information is not even explained. That was weird. The Rajah's diamond : Do Robert Louis Stevenson was paid by the word? Some chapters are way too long for a small exposition. We know all t Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 3 stars Hard to follow for somebody which English is not the main language The Suicide Club : 2 stars I was so lost. I think the majority of the action is telled, not showed (and even move over). The second chapter is really long for only a small exposition and most of the information is not even explained. That was weird. The Rajah's diamond : Do Robert Louis Stevenson was paid by the word? Some chapters are way too long for a small exposition. We know all the secondary character back story. The pavilion on the links: 3 stars No flafla with another minor character. The chapter titles give all the spoilers away but otherwise it was interesting. A lodging for the night : 2 stars. Nice twist at the end, beginning was interesting. Then the story went flat. I understand the author wanted to make a statement about being poor but it felt flat.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Faye

    This story was not what I had expected it to be. The book wasn't as spooky as I had expected. I had already watched the film Mary Reilly so I already knew some of the plot points. The other stories in the book were interesting and I liked how they were interconnected with each other. Rated: 2.0/5.0 - Overall, I was disappointed as the story didn't live up to my expectations. It was fun to read the original source of the Dr. Jekell and Mr Hyde story, I think I'd like to explore other books or movi This story was not what I had expected it to be. The book wasn't as spooky as I had expected. I had already watched the film Mary Reilly so I already knew some of the plot points. The other stories in the book were interesting and I liked how they were interconnected with each other. Rated: 2.0/5.0 - Overall, I was disappointed as the story didn't live up to my expectations. It was fun to read the original source of the Dr. Jekell and Mr Hyde story, I think I'd like to explore other books or movies based on this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel White

    I really enjoyed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I've read it before and found it just as interesting the second time round. The other stories were nowhere near as good in my opinion which is why I can't rate this any different to my rating of Jekyll and Hyde. I do enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson's writing so will definitely read more from him in the future. I really enjoyed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I've read it before and found it just as interesting the second time round. The other stories were nowhere near as good in my opinion which is why I can't rate this any different to my rating of Jekyll and Hyde. I do enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson's writing so will definitely read more from him in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terrafied

    I read this years ago and I've been oddly nostalgic to reread it. It is still just as good as I remember. I also really enjoyed the Prince of Bohemia interconnected stories. I recommend this collection of stories. I don't often say that. I read this years ago and I've been oddly nostalgic to reread it. It is still just as good as I remember. I also really enjoyed the Prince of Bohemia interconnected stories. I recommend this collection of stories. I don't often say that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda Lara

    It took me a while to finish this book but it was worth it. I love Robert Louis Stevenson way of telling you a story. I am in love with his writing <3

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I so deeply adored the five stories in this book. So absolutely immersive and technique wise so brilliant. I can't rave more about this collection. I so deeply adored the five stories in this book. So absolutely immersive and technique wise so brilliant. I can't rave more about this collection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 3.25 The Suicide Club: 4 The Rajah’s Diamond: 3.5 The Pavilion on the Links: 2 A Lodging for the Night: 2.75 Average for the collection: 3.1, rounded to 3

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vago Flores

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yoochan Song

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryn Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lee

  26. 4 out of 5

    A.F. Lewis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh Spicy Geek

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol-Ann

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lars Jerlach

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