The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (collins Classics) by Robert Louis StevensonThe Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (collins Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (collins Classics)

byRobert Louis Stevenson

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics.'I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.'A London lawyer is drawn into a series of strange occurrences concerning his old friend Henry Jekyll and the despicable stranger Edward Hyde, a man who seems to epitomise the very meaning of evil. What is Hyde's mysterious hold over Jekyll, and what is the reason behind Jekyll's increasingly odd behaviour? The investigations will lead into the dark heart of Victorian London, and of human nature itself, as the shocking truth about Hyde's true identity is finally revealed.Published in 1886 to critical acclaim, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a thrilling exploration of the interplay of good and evil and the terrifying duality that lies within us all. These themes held a constant fascination for Stevenson and are further explored in his short stories Markheim and The Body Snatcher, also included in this book.
Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For sever...
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Title:The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (collins Classics)Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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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 Why did I wait so long? I can't imagine why it's taken me until now to read this novel, but it has. Obviously I'd been missing something wonderful. Can't say what I'd expected before starting—likely a somewhat trashy pulp type novel. Instead, I got a gorgeously written introspective story of a highly tortured protagonist. Fantastic stuff. As a side note, after reading this, it becomes very clear where Stan Lee came to borrow ideas for the Hulk character.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyable Gothic novel I read this book for a course I took in university about Gothic fiction and highly enjoyed it. Robert Louis Stevenson's writing is excellent and detailed. The unique story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a great metaphor for the good and evil that is in all of us - a classic that everyone should read.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 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: 2017-07-29