Penguin English Library Dr Jekyll Adn Mr Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonPenguin English Library Dr Jekyll Adn Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Penguin English Library Dr Jekyll Adn Mr Hyde

byRobert Louis Stevenson

Paperback | December 25, 2012

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The Penguin English Library Edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil' Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil. This edition also includes Stevenson's chilling story 'The Bottle Imp'. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influe...
Title:Penguin English Library Dr Jekyll Adn Mr HydeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.35 inPublished:December 25, 2012Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141389508

ISBN - 13:9780141389509

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from very entertaining A wonderful story of villainy and mystery. Without a doubt very reflective of the duality of the modern man.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced and disturbing In his dark 1886 classic novella, Robert Louis Stevenson explores the idea of a dual nature of the human soul, the debilitatingly high expectations of behaviour that society places on those who are prominent members of the community, and the eternal conflict between good and evil. The protagonist, Dr. Jekyll, is an amiable, generous physician, who has dedicated his life to alleviating the suffering of others and is beloved by all who know him. He considers himself inherently 90% “good” and 10% “evil”, so that his favourable qualities consistently overpower his occasional indiscretions. However, having grown up in a wealthy and well-respected family, and now a renowned member of an esteemed profession, Dr. Jekyll has been conditioned to feel immense shame for his faults. An intelligent and inquisitive man, Jekyll wonders if he could free himself from this debilitating shame if he could only somehow separate the evil from his otherwise virtuous personality. After many hours spent toiling away in his home laboratory, he finally succeeds in concocting a potion that does just that, splitting his personality into the savage, diabolical, grotesque Mr. Hyde and his normal attractive, good-natured self. At last, with just a sip of his potion, he is capable of instantaneously transforming himself into his purely evil alter-ego—who delights in spending nights purging himself of all manner of immoral and scandalous desires without experiencing even a modicum of guilt—and then back again when he is ready to go home and assume his regular responsibilities. All goes as planned for a while, until Mr. Hyde begins to come to the attention of the local police for perpetrating such horrific crimes as crushing a small child and brutally murdering an elderly man; Dr. Jekyll realizes that he will not be able to get away with his duplicity for much longer. However, just as he resolves to stop tampering with his personality and spend the rest of his days as the morally upstanding, if slightly boring and frustrated, Dr. Jekyll, the potion apparently starts to lose its effectiveness—no matter how many times he drinks it in order to return to his regular appearance, his body then promptly turns back into the evil Mr. Hyde. Evidently, the immense amount of time that Jekyll has spent committing atrocities in Hyde’s body has flipped his soul’s character from mostly “good” to mostly “evil”, and as he begins to run low on supplies of the ingredients necessary to make more of his potion, Jekyll realizes he is soon going to be permanently trapped in the mind and body of his evil alter-ego. A fast-paced and disturbing story, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” seems to be cautioning readers on the consequences inevitably suffered by those who dare to play God by meddling with human nature for personal gain—a disquietingly relevant topic now, 131 years later, as we enter the age of human genome editing.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet. Full of action. I found the language quite accessible for a Victorian novel (compared to Brontë, for example). Only disappointment is our current familiarity of the entire premise of the story before even reading it; must have been such a shock to the original readers.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-written This is, without a doubt, the most beautifully worded book I have read in a long time. The English language is truly a spectacular thing.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written This is, without a doubt, the most beautifully worded book I have read in a long time. The English language is truly a spectacular thing.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I read it more for the back ground of the story. An okay book.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from hmmm it was easier to read then I expected but I don't know that I have opinion on whether it was good or liked it......
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Good book but the language was harder to read in parts but I expected that going into it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic While I didn't fully enjoy this novel, it still is very good. It was a bit hard to read at some parts, but that's to be expected from a Victorian novel. Otherwise, the story itself was good, I just wish it hadn't been as long as it was. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15