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Discuss "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

When considering classic tales of Halloween, the question to ask is, "Where is the monster?"

In Bram Stoker's Dracula, the monster is the myth / legend that everyone warns you about but you ignore ... until it's too late.

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the monster is your view of how the world should work, put to the test in an experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong.

In Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the monster ... is you.

Thanks to popular culture, this is one of those stories that people think they know without actually reading the book. And that's a shame, because this is a novella of suspense where the narrative can surprise you - provided you suspend your knowledge of the plot as provided by pop culture.

Since this is in public domain, there shouldn't be a problem finding a copy. However, if you'd like to consider a recommendation, the Penguin Classics version has some useful footnotes.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting and stimulating.

    October 25, 2012

  • Peter

    Most had actually read ( or heard of) the book. Discussion at our table was lively and informed.

    October 25, 2012

  • Michaela

    Hi, I've never attended one of these events..Can you tell me how it works?

    October 22, 2012

    • Michaela

      that sounds great! and when I get there, how do I find the group?

      1 · October 23, 2012

    • Victor W.

      We're usually in the Annex portion of the restaurant, but the reception at the front will be able to direct you.

      October 23, 2012

  • Sheila

    Ok. Usually Weds. I'm tied up. I agree with Maureen it's easier to plan for the same day of the month. Had a wonderful time at the last meetup Victor. You do pick out good books!

    August 31, 2012

  • Sheila

    Hi Victor,
    Do you mean Wed Oct 24 or Thursday, Oct.25? I can't make it for Wednesday. Thanks.

    August 31, 2012

    • Victor W.

      It's the Wednesday, because I have to work on that Thursday night. Sorry.

      August 31, 2012

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