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In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll discovers a monster. This spine-chilling thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's collection of short stories The Merry Men containing two other sinister tales Markheim In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll discovers a monster. This spine-chilling thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's collection of short stories The Merry Men containing two other sinister tales Markheim and Thrawn Janet.


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In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll discovers a monster. This spine-chilling thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's collection of short stories The Merry Men containing two other sinister tales Markheim In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll discovers a monster. This spine-chilling thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's collection of short stories The Merry Men containing two other sinister tales Markheim and Thrawn Janet.

30 review for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the Merry Men & Other Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    razzmataz

    Woooooo I finally finished! I will say the extreme irony of this book is that it was the shortest I have read in a while yet somehow also the longest time I’ve taken to read a book in the last couple of years... I’ve wanted to read Jekyll and Hyde for a while due to its seemingly omnipresent influence in pop culture and I was not disappointed! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it’s philosophical and ethical twists and I wanted to read more. I did not expect the full extent of how difficult it i Woooooo I finally finished! I will say the extreme irony of this book is that it was the shortest I have read in a while yet somehow also the longest time I’ve taken to read a book in the last couple of years... I’ve wanted to read Jekyll and Hyde for a while due to its seemingly omnipresent influence in pop culture and I was not disappointed! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it’s philosophical and ethical twists and I wanted to read more. I did not expect the full extent of how difficult it is to properly read written Scottish dialect however 😂 my brain felt like it was in self destruct mode every time I attempted to piece together a sentence. Aside from that, there were a few other good stories in here! I really enjoyed Markheim because I’m a total sucker for a 50 page monologue on eternal misery and self doubt, plus it subverted my expectations for this type of storytelling genre of the time. The last story the treasure of Franchard, was unusual but rapidly got better and at times reminded me slightly of an Oscar Wildesque type story. So in short, even though it took me an age and my brain melted a decent few times, I actually quite enjoyed this collection and was surprised at what the author of Treasure Island could bring to the table.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Clifford-Hassan

    A classic Gothic novella fantastically written by Stevenson.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miss Jaggers

    The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde 4,5/5 The Merry Men 4/5 Will o' The Mill 4/5 Markheim 3,5/5 Thrawn Janet 3,5/5 Olalla 3,5/5 The Treasure of Franchard 4,5/5 The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde 4,5/5 The Merry Men 4/5 Will o' The Mill 4/5 Markheim 3,5/5 Thrawn Janet 3,5/5 Olalla 3,5/5 The Treasure of Franchard 4,5/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iza Jarvis

    if dr watson and mr utterson met, they would be best friends. this book sparked my love for english language, I had so much fun. I aspire to be dr jekyll in vibes

  5. 4 out of 5

    Itziar

    I could not finish with the last story The treasure of Franchard since I did not find it interesting after so many short stories in this compilation, I have also found it sort of repetitive. All in all I have enjoyed it pretty much and really appreciated the two stories written in Scottish The merry men and Thrawn Janet being the later my favorite story in this book. While reading these two stories I did not know, however, wheter to laugh or to cry; above all when I began with the first on I could not finish with the last story The treasure of Franchard since I did not find it interesting after so many short stories in this compilation, I have also found it sort of repetitive. All in all I have enjoyed it pretty much and really appreciated the two stories written in Scottish The merry men and Thrawn Janet being the later my favorite story in this book. While reading these two stories I did not know, however, wheter to laugh or to cry; above all when I began with the first one and since I got used to the dialect. I am glad I have studied Swedish and German dialectoly, so I could get into Scottish... Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is with no doubt a masterpiece and it is a shame I could not enjoy it that much because I already knew the plot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    3.5 stars. Okay so I only read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but I’m reviewing this edition because it’s the one the school gave me. I guess they thought we couldn’t get enough of Victorian literature… The plot of this book is actually extremely interesting, but I couldn’t get over the writing style, which was so meandering and had so. much. description, of literally everything. When Mr Utterson’s chapters finished and you got to Dr Lanyon and Dr Jekyll’s parts, it improved massively in my opinion. And I 3.5 stars. Okay so I only read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but I’m reviewing this edition because it’s the one the school gave me. I guess they thought we couldn’t get enough of Victorian literature… The plot of this book is actually extremely interesting, but I couldn’t get over the writing style, which was so meandering and had so. much. description, of literally everything. When Mr Utterson’s chapters finished and you got to Dr Lanyon and Dr Jekyll’s parts, it improved massively in my opinion. And I’m putting this here for my English teachers so I can say I thought of it first: Dr Jekyll= Dr Je-kill, a.k.a he kills the goodness in himself or maybe as Mr Hyde he kills the MP. Mr Hyde= Mr Hide, the parts of humanity we hide away or equal English teacher waffle… There you go. Now you know what I’ll be talking about in my GCSE…

  7. 4 out of 5

    Teodor Zhelyazkov

    This is a story I've always wanted to read. It shows the duality, conflict, contest and symbiosis between two sides of a man. The meaning of the story and the symbolism in it is open to interpretation but the reader cannot help but feel sympathy for this bizarre case. The constant existence of our being in a state of conflict with ourselves and our desires not always being understood is a relatable theme. It is also breathtaking to experience this story through the eyes of a third person in the r This is a story I've always wanted to read. It shows the duality, conflict, contest and symbiosis between two sides of a man. The meaning of the story and the symbolism in it is open to interpretation but the reader cannot help but feel sympathy for this bizarre case. The constant existence of our being in a state of conflict with ourselves and our desires not always being understood is a relatable theme. It is also breathtaking to experience this story through the eyes of a third person in the role of the main character. This story is a must read as it is the foundation of many works of literature, culture and cinema up to this day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Simmonds

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde only covered 20% of the book, the rest was the other stories. Sadly I hated the other stories, they seemed to be forgettable and often difficult to understand. I think it took a long time for me to read this as I really didn't want to pick it up again. I would like to read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde again to see if my rating were biased because of the other stories. Overall not an enjoyable collection of stories for light reading. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde only covered 20% of the book, the rest was the other stories. Sadly I hated the other stories, they seemed to be forgettable and often difficult to understand. I think it took a long time for me to read this as I really didn't want to pick it up again. I would like to read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde again to see if my rating were biased because of the other stories. Overall not an enjoyable collection of stories for light reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Of all the stories in the book, there were very few I liked; Jekyll and Hyde, Merry Men and Markheim being those few. There isn't really anything remarkable about the stories, some are strange, and some are just detailing the lives of people. I can't fully understand why so much of it bored me, whether it was the language or the subject matter, probably a mix of both. Of all the stories in the book, there were very few I liked; Jekyll and Hyde, Merry Men and Markheim being those few. There isn't really anything remarkable about the stories, some are strange, and some are just detailing the lives of people. I can't fully understand why so much of it bored me, whether it was the language or the subject matter, probably a mix of both.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Horan

    Just draws you in until you can't put it down Just draws you in until you can't put it down

  11. 4 out of 5

    Valee Free

    The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde -> 4,5 The Merry Men -> 3 Will o' the Mill -> 3,5 Marheim -> 4 Thrawn Janet -> 3 Olalla -> 4,5 The treasure of Franchard -> 3,5 The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde -> 4,5 The Merry Men -> 3 Will o' the Mill -> 3,5 Marheim -> 4 Thrawn Janet -> 3 Olalla -> 4,5 The treasure of Franchard -> 3,5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    Only read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 5/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I enjoyed this book! It had some odd twists and I loved the mystery!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lama

    Since for ever I wanted to read DrJekyll and MrHyde and it was such amazing novella. After that there’s 6 stories in the book and I like those the best: Markheim ,Thrawn Janet and The Treasure of Franchard . Robert Louis Stevenson is a great writer and I can’t wait to read his masterpiece Treasure Island.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abi Robins

    I DNF'd this at 147 pages. It's just so boring for me by this point and I've read the title stories so I'm happy stopping here. These.... were good ideas but for me the execution was lacking. The writing style really isn't for me. FULL REVIEW: I read the Wordsworth edition of this book: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with the Merry Men, and other stories by R.L. Stevenson. I'm going to touch on the other stories, but my primary focus of this review will be Jekyll and Hyde. I'd seen online that Mrs Stevenson I DNF'd this at 147 pages. It's just so boring for me by this point and I've read the title stories so I'm happy stopping here. These.... were good ideas but for me the execution was lacking. The writing style really isn't for me. FULL REVIEW: I read the Wordsworth edition of this book: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with the Merry Men, and other stories by R.L. Stevenson. I'm going to touch on the other stories, but my primary focus of this review will be Jekyll and Hyde. I'd seen online that Mrs Stevenson had actually thrown the first draft of this book in the fire after she read it. And I am clapping her for this. Because what even was this? This book had so much potential. I'm not sure if it's simply because we've had so many more books and stories since this was published in 1887, but it was so anti-climactic. We've all heard (or at least in the UK it's pretty common) of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. One is a horrific monster! One is a lovely scientist. Well the two are actually pretty opposite to each other. I don't think Stevenson really noticed that. I'm taking the piss, of course I am. But seriously in terms of modern day literature not enough of a difference is made between the two. If this was real life then Hyde would indeed be a monster, but having this hyped up to me all my life as a horror story I did expect just a little more from our monster. Highlight here for a minor spoiler: Hyde murders a man and then runs away and hides as though in shame. This is the only real piece of violence we see from our "monster". I did enjoy, however, seeing Jekyll attempting to live with his morals despite knowing what "he" has done. Those discussions and seeing his angst was incredibly interesting. And now we delve a little into The Merry Men and Other Stories. I'm not going to be giving an individual review of these. What I will say is this. I've DNF'd this book, mid story. This story being the second to last in the book. I struggled through all of the others. R.L. Stevenson's writing in these short stories is just awful. It's completely boring. He takes really interesting sounding plots and just butchers them. I hate saying this about a Scottish author cause I'm half-Scottish and always here for the rep. But yeah he is just... not my fave? For my rating on CAWPILE I gave: Characters: 5, Atmosphere: 5, Writing: 2, Plot: 7, Intrigue: 2, Logic: 2, and Enjoyment: 2 which gives a score of 3.57, leading to a 2* rating. I'm glad I read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Just to say that I've read the original and to understand adaptations a little better. But I'm not a fan of Stevenson's writing and I likely won't be picking up anything else by him again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I enjoyed parts of this book, but some of Stevenson's short stories aren't for me, here is my review broken down book by book: Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde: An essential read for anyone who cares for literature, or Stevenson, yet I do find the last chapter especially unnecessary. 7/10 The Merry Men: A decent read, but if you have trouble reading Scottish, which Stevenson loves to write in, it might be worth a miss. 6/10 Will O' the Mill: Another decent read but largely forgettable. 6/10 Markheim: One of the I enjoyed parts of this book, but some of Stevenson's short stories aren't for me, here is my review broken down book by book: Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde: An essential read for anyone who cares for literature, or Stevenson, yet I do find the last chapter especially unnecessary. 7/10 The Merry Men: A decent read, but if you have trouble reading Scottish, which Stevenson loves to write in, it might be worth a miss. 6/10 Will O' the Mill: Another decent read but largely forgettable. 6/10 Markheim: One of the better stories here, probably on par with DJ&MH. 7/10 Thrawn Janet: Refer to my comment about Scottish again. I just skimmed this one. 4/10 Olalla: One of my two favourites from the book, an interesting look at/allegory for romance. 8/10 The Treasure of Franchard: My other favourite, due to it being an interesting look out how philosophy can help/hinder your life. 8/10 Overall: A mixture of good short stories, but some are worth a read, whereas others, just aren't. 6.5/10

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex Apostol

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story we were required to read in school, but I loved it none the less and is one I would like to re-read now. Everyone knows the story and it's one that is retold over and over again- the one of dual personalities, one being evil and the other good. That never stops being scary for me and I'm sure it will even find its way into my own work someday. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story we were required to read in school, but I loved it none the less and is one I would like to re-read now. Everyone knows the story and it's one that is retold over and over again- the one of dual personalities, one being evil and the other good. That never stops being scary for me and I'm sure it will even find its way into my own work someday.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Max Bauer

    Old literature is always dear to my heart since it is like a little climpse into a different era. My favourite was, of course Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. It is such an intruiging, interesting story that I couldn't put it down for hours. Will o' the Mill was the most boring one and I almost didn't finish it, the ending was good tho. Old literature is always dear to my heart since it is like a little climpse into a different era. My favourite was, of course Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. It is such an intruiging, interesting story that I couldn't put it down for hours. Will o' the Mill was the most boring one and I almost didn't finish it, the ending was good tho.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kilgrave

    I completely believe I was Mr Hyde in another life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fred H

    A nice short story really well written and easy to follow. Great thematic depth with beautiful imagery and generally just a really interesting story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zara

    3/5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex Rotherham

    The stories in this collection vary from a complete waste of time, to amazing and worthwhile reads. I've rated and reviewed each story independently below. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 4/5 I must admit, I was rather disappointed with the conclusion of this story. The first 80% was an interesting, well written mystery that, while I already knew what the mystery was that was unfolding, I felt excited to see how it unravels. But then we reach the great final chapter, the last 20% of the book, and the wri The stories in this collection vary from a complete waste of time, to amazing and worthwhile reads. I've rated and reviewed each story independently below. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 4/5 I must admit, I was rather disappointed with the conclusion of this story. The first 80% was an interesting, well written mystery that, while I already knew what the mystery was that was unfolding, I felt excited to see how it unravels. But then we reach the great final chapter, the last 20% of the book, and the writer seems to have given up himself on how the mystery is to unfold, and so suddenly a letter from Dr. Jekyll explains it all to us, and Mr. Utterson. I imagine Mr. Stevenson came up with this idea for a story, and just started writing, and reached a point where he was fed up, or could not find a way to tie up the loose ends, and just decided, I’ll just explain what it was all about and move on. The potential for this story, especially of the time was huge, and I suppose that is part of why it has survived so well-it was great for its time. The Merry Men 2/5 My first complaint on this read is the over use of accent. One of the main characters uses a heavy Scottish dialect that the author attempted to portray in detail with the text. But in his choice of using words to reflect the Scottish language rather than anglicising, he has made it nearly impossible for me to decipher what this character is meant to be saying. Yes, a Scottish glossary is provided in the back, but it even lacks, and having to flip through it for multiple words in a row detracts massively from the reading. This heavily tarnishes both the legibility of the story and my ability to enjoy it. As I reached the conclusion, and try to put together what was supposed to have happened, I get the idea it was a decent story, and a decent idea; yet was destroyed in the name of artistic dialogue. Will o’ the Mill 5/5 The best story so for of this collection, yes much better than Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This one is clearly structured and paced. Strangely, this seems to not have garnered any notice unlike the previous 2 stories that both have. Perhaps this story is too straight forward and simple; or clear and human. The final chapter broke quite sharply from the commonality of the rest of the story, but retained the tone of calm, thoughtful simplicity. I could strangely both sympathise and empathise with Will; making at points the story felt like my story, and other points, the story I successfully avoided but understand. Markheim 5/5 Another brilliant short story. A wonderful yet simple description of a dark event that leads us into the mind of one man, it could be any man, and his vision of himself versus the reality. It paints a picture of who is good and who is evil; is it a choice, or is it forced upon us by the circumstances of our reality. Thrawn Janet N/A I gave up trying to read this one, as it is entirely written in the Scottish dialect, and if you see my comments for The Merry Men, you can understand why I gave up on this story very quickly. Ollalla 1/5 This story feels somewhat pointless, meaningless and quite incomplete to me. At one point, I thought this may be a ghost story, but no. At another, I thought this may be a subtle vampire story, but that was not developed either. This has a beginning, and maybe half of a middle, at certainly no good ending. It’s if nothing else, an infuriating read, as it did succeed to gain my interest into the fates, and the pasts, of the characters, but then did not provide anything towards either. The Treasure of Franchard 4/5 A bit of a more pleasant read. A simple tale, a happy sad tale. One of fate and circumstance, greed and misfortune. A tragedy, but with an almost polite happy ending. Certainly one of his better reads.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Carew

    An excellent idea, still relevant today. Man is composed of light and shadow, good and bad, or evil, for the theologically inclined. Stevenson tests this idea out in Dr Henry Jekyll, a well-respected doctor, and takes the concept through to its logical conclusions. Incidentally, the 1920 silent movie, with John Barrymore as Jekyll, does a great job in showing how Jekyll must resist the strains on his morals, by denying himself the attractive ladies in the fleshpots of Victorian London. Jekyll ca An excellent idea, still relevant today. Man is composed of light and shadow, good and bad, or evil, for the theologically inclined. Stevenson tests this idea out in Dr Henry Jekyll, a well-respected doctor, and takes the concept through to its logical conclusions. Incidentally, the 1920 silent movie, with John Barrymore as Jekyll, does a great job in showing how Jekyll must resist the strains on his morals, by denying himself the attractive ladies in the fleshpots of Victorian London. Jekyll can not, however, resist his dark side for long and so Hyde is born, thanks to some mystical potion. Hyde must, and does, let his dark shadow roam free; the book's Hyde has a taste for violence. Hyde tramples a young girl, still quite a shocking incident today. Sir Danvers Carew (a walk on part in the book) is clubbed to death. Note how Carew has a greater role in the movie, as well as a new name (George), and brings Jekyll to the nightspots where his vice is sexual temptation. The charge of hypocrisy hangs in the air of these places, which are filled with married, well-to-do gentleman in top hats and capes. (In the movie, Jekyll's temptation is also made more awkward because he is in love with Carew's daughter, Millicent, a new character). The tale in the book is told non-chronologically and is a deliberate attempt to keep the mystery of who is Hyde alive for as long as possible. The reader needs to look hard at points and recognise that the small deformed man in the narrative is Hyde. A reader might easily think Jekyll and Hyde are two separate people until the big reveal – the author’s intention, of course, but as with other novels with unreliable narrators, a piece of trickery that is not always welcome. Explanations are provided by Dr Lanyon and Jekyll at the end. This is not an easy read, but such a classic that you need to read it twice, at least, to do it justice.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Davis

    As a fan of the gothic and the supernatural, I was amazed it's taken me this long to pick up this long-talked about classic. Overall I loved the themes explored, I just wish the plot and execution were better. Stevenson seems to indulge in trivialities that would be okay in a full-length novel, but bog down the pace and chill factor in a short story. There are so many missed opportunities to build tension, mystery and horror, almost as if Stevenson was treating the writing process as a chore. Ag As a fan of the gothic and the supernatural, I was amazed it's taken me this long to pick up this long-talked about classic. Overall I loved the themes explored, I just wish the plot and execution were better. Stevenson seems to indulge in trivialities that would be okay in a full-length novel, but bog down the pace and chill factor in a short story. There are so many missed opportunities to build tension, mystery and horror, almost as if Stevenson was treating the writing process as a chore. Again, some of the imagery and language is beautiful, I just feel it is used in the wrong places. I wanted to know so much more about Jekyll, his ambitions, his relationships, his previous work, and instead, we only really get to know him by his confession at the end; when the tension is over. I couldn't help draw comparisons with Dorian Gray, due to the duality of a man of high esteem in society, but Oscar Wilde was far more willing to look into his titular character's life, relationships and emotions. Yes, Stevenson created a good deal of intrigue by making Jekyll elusive, but it could have reeled us in more, given us glimpses into his life and mindset, so that ultimately we cared more about him as a character. That said, there is a reason this work has endured and it is undoubtedly an incredible commentary on the duality of man and the oppressive state of the high class in terms of self-expression. The concept is incredibly tantalising and draws on themes that still intrigue us in society today. I just wanted more, and that can often be the highest praise or lowest criticism possible.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite horror stories ever, no doubt. This book was rather hard to finish though... maybe its the heavy Scottish English i'm not sure. I really liked 2 other stories in it: 1) MARKHEIM - a man, whose name is the title, who's probably a thief who sales the things she steals, goes one night to buy a gift for the woman he is going to marry; the owner of the shop suggests a mirror and well, no man wants to see what his reflection says right? He kills the man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite horror stories ever, no doubt. This book was rather hard to finish though... maybe its the heavy Scottish English i'm not sure. I really liked 2 other stories in it: 1) MARKHEIM - a man, whose name is the title, who's probably a thief who sales the things she steals, goes one night to buy a gift for the woman he is going to marry; the owner of the shop suggests a mirror and well, no man wants to see what his reflection says right? He kills the man, and then has an encounter with an angel (the Devil?) and they have a nice philosophical talk about good vs evil. He considers killing the servant as well when she returns but instead tells her to call the police... 2) OLALLA - its about vampires. just kidding (but it is). scottish soldier goes to the country for some peace and quiet to recover medically, meets girl, they fall in love, girl has a weirdass family, they are probably vampires but he ignores it and says its cause humans are animals with instincts (dude the woman just BIT your already bleeding arm i dont know what the f*** to tell you...), he wants her to go away with him, she chooses her heredity, her family, he leaves, the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gijs Hollebosch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had good hopes that the story would be as thrilling and exciting as the Breaking Bad series. The parallel between the Walter White/Heisenberg duality and Jekyll/Hyde is what drew me to this classic story. However, the way the story was built is definitely a disappointment. The introduction in my Wordsworth edition informs me Stevenson rewrote the story as an allegorical thriller and destroyed his first version which was a simple thriller. As a result, the story now misses any form of suspense. I had good hopes that the story would be as thrilling and exciting as the Breaking Bad series. The parallel between the Walter White/Heisenberg duality and Jekyll/Hyde is what drew me to this classic story. However, the way the story was built is definitely a disappointment. The introduction in my Wordsworth edition informs me Stevenson rewrote the story as an allegorical thriller and destroyed his first version which was a simple thriller. As a result, the story now misses any form of suspense. Even if it has the narrative embedding (the story starts with Utterson’s point of view, a good friend of Hyde), there is hardly a build-up to a climax. Finally, the language lacks the gothic grandeur of e.g. Frankenstein with its long-spun sentences and archaic fashion or the poetically charming English of Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

  27. 4 out of 5

    James

    I was very surprised to learn that this book was only 50 pages long, as the 2 protagonists are so well known throughout cultural references. The book moves quite quickly as a short story should and still engages the reader despite knowing the general events before reading. I am surprised that this has its place in folklore though as the premise is so far fetched. Some could compare this far fetchedness to Frankenstein but that book has so much more plot and character development. As for the othe I was very surprised to learn that this book was only 50 pages long, as the 2 protagonists are so well known throughout cultural references. The book moves quite quickly as a short story should and still engages the reader despite knowing the general events before reading. I am surprised that this has its place in folklore though as the premise is so far fetched. Some could compare this far fetchedness to Frankenstein but that book has so much more plot and character development. As for the other short stories, I decided to pass. I was 2 chapters into the Merry Men and found it hard to follow. Realising that I bought the book for Jekyll and Hyde, I put the book down ready to move on to my next choice

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kreß

    A nice little classic to read. I didn't know before that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is but a short story and that the author has written many others just as good or even better. Overall an entertaining read if youdon't mind slow developing stories with lots of descriptions. Thelanguage can sometimes be a bit challenging (especially for a non native speaker) as he writes some of his stories in a heavy scottish accent and there is a hint of racism (the black men...) that is a bit foreighn and annoyin A nice little classic to read. I didn't know before that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is but a short story and that the author has written many others just as good or even better. Overall an entertaining read if youdon't mind slow developing stories with lots of descriptions. Thelanguage can sometimes be a bit challenging (especially for a non native speaker) as he writes some of his stories in a heavy scottish accent and there is a hint of racism (the black men...) that is a bit foreighn and annoying to todays readers, but you have to consider the time it has been written in I guess. All of the stories have one thing in common and that is the exploration of the human mind, which is and always will be a fascinating topic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andras Horvath

    For the sake of completeness: I've read the main (Jekyll / Hyde) story only. The views expressed below are my own (and subjective).The formulation was complicated to an unnecessary degree. 3/4 of the story is only there for an enigmatic plot, without real characters or weight. The last chapter has redeeming qualities: a philosophical pondering about whether evil in one's personality can be divided, the dangerous side-effects of scientific experimentation (á la Frankenstein) and how vile urges pr For the sake of completeness: I've read the main (Jekyll / Hyde) story only. The views expressed below are my own (and subjective).The formulation was complicated to an unnecessary degree. 3/4 of the story is only there for an enigmatic plot, without real characters or weight. The last chapter has redeeming qualities: a philosophical pondering about whether evil in one's personality can be divided, the dangerous side-effects of scientific experimentation (á la Frankenstein) and how vile urges prevail. The story did not age well: I believe it was very exciting for contemporary readers, with a shocking reveal, but any reader now, who has ever heard the expression Jekyll and Hyde, the main part of the story has less value.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ula

    Stevenson is a marvellous writer he has a very unique way of explaining his tales. Overall this book is a 3.25/5! Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 3.5/5 Very original tale yet it got tedious in the end. The Merry Men 2/5 I can’t say this is a just rating because I was perplexed half of the time by one of the characters accents. Markheim 5/5 I am enamoured by this tale it felt like it was going on for years yet such a fast read. Thrawn Janet 2.5/5 like The Merry Men I wish I understood Scottish dictionary. Ollal Stevenson is a marvellous writer he has a very unique way of explaining his tales. Overall this book is a 3.25/5! Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 3.5/5 Very original tale yet it got tedious in the end. The Merry Men 2/5 I can’t say this is a just rating because I was perplexed half of the time by one of the characters accents. Markheim 5/5 I am enamoured by this tale it felt like it was going on for years yet such a fast read. Thrawn Janet 2.5/5 like The Merry Men I wish I understood Scottish dictionary. Ollala 4/5 I can’t say much but this was so beautifully written it ensnared me. Will O’ the Mill 4/5 I loved every bit of it. The treasure of Franchard 2.5/5 tedious and quite boring but I rated it higher for the authors writing style.

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