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

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Paperback: 54 Pages.

Published: 29 November 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781505234510

EAN: 9781505234510

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The work is commonly associated with the rare mental condition often spuriously called "split personality," referred to in psychiatry as dissociative identity disorder, where within the same body there exists more than one distinct personality. In this case, there are two personalities within Dr Jekyll, one apparently good and the other evil. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.

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3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Lacks action which is curious considering the story

I enjoyed the book well enough although it is very much a novel of its time and written in a format that you do occasionally find frustrating. We don’t see the action at all and it tends to be recounted in letters or diaries or occasionally told as a story by other characters but in any case it is kept distant from the reader. Where a modern novel would recount the action scenes from the point of view of someone who was there this novel only conveys then via third party narratives or letters - it means that what happens does not have the immediacy that we expect today.

The book is actually told from the point of view of a lawyer who fits the story together from what he sees and it does include more than one passage when characters muse on the dual nature of mankind and our hidden, base and evil aspects. To be honest I wasn't that interested in the moral element of the story and I wanted a bit more action. It is the philosophical thinking that dominates the book rather than the action. I enjoyed it but I fail to see how it would engage your average modern teenager – it is a set book for GCSE.

 
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