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Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson (18501894) was a writer of power and originality, who penned such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Weir of Hermiston. The editor has collected in convenient form Stevenson's short fiction, including the complete New Arabian Nights and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as ghost stScottish novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a writer of power and originality, who penned such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Weir of Hermiston. The editor has collected in convenient form Stevenson's short fiction, including the complete New Arabian Nights and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as ghost stories, medieval romances, farces, horror stories, and the South Sea Tales. This volume amply illustrates Stephenson’s wide range and enduring appeal.Lodging for the night --Suicide Club: Story of the young man with the cream tarts / Story of the physician and the Saratoga trunk / Adventure of the Hansom cab --Rajah's Diamond: Story of the bandbox / Story of the young man in Holy Orders / Story of the house with the green blinds / Adventure of Prince Florizel and a detective --Providence and the guitar --Sire de Maletroit's door --Will o' the mill --Story of a lie --Thrawn Janet --Merry men --Body-snatcher --Markheim --Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde --Bottle imp --Beach of Falesa --Isle of Voices....

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The Complete Short Stories Of Robert Louis Stevenson: With A Selection Of The Best Short Novels Reviews

  • Gerald
    2019-05-14 02:42

    Hmmmm. Creepier than I expected. Certainly it's no surprise that the author of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has a dark imagination. (That novella is also in this collection, but I didn't reread it this time.) The first story, "A Lodging for the Night," is about the struggle for survival among the thieves and beggars in medieval Paris (1456), and in particular the resourceful efforts of struggling poet Francis Villon to find a warm room to curl up in on a bitterly freezing night. Stevenson had found a metaphor for the compromises and self-disgusting choices the starving artist must make just to go on living."Thrawn Janet" is written almost entirely in Scottish dialect. It's a bold narrative experiment and the subject is witchcraft, which should make for a fascinating read. But I just couldn't manage to slog through the dense language, even in a short story. This material would lend itself to a reading by a talented actor.P.S. Stevenson died while making a salad. So be careful out there.

  • Eduardo Vaquerizo
    2019-04-23 00:44

    Una edición magnifica. Alguna pega en algunas expresiones del traductor que me suenan demasiado modernas, pero eso es normal en una actualización como esta. Un trabajo monumental que se disfruta mucho. Lo más interesante: leer a Stevenson desde el principio te permite ver el nacimiento de un narrador. Es como ver florecer a una supernova.

  • Graziano
    2019-05-01 02:49

    THE ISLE OF VOICESThe Isle of Voices or a bad dream.Keola is married with Lehua, daughter of Kalamake (a sorcerer) . This short novel is set in some Pacific Ocean ’s island. The bad dream starts with the first spell of Kalamake: leaves become shining dollars, so Keola plans to stop working and share Kalamake’s riches.The sorcerer disagrees and with the second spell abandons Keola in the ocean. Keola is rescued by a ship and left in an island called the Isle of Voices. In the Isle of Voices, invisible devils ‘day and night you heard them talking with one another in strange tongues.’ (p.670) ‘All tongues of the earth were spoken there … whatever land knew sorcery, there were some of its people whispering in Keola’s ear.’ (p.673)Eventually Keola is rescued again, this time by his wife.Sorcery or bad dream?

  • Ashley
    2019-04-26 22:39

    Over all I found the stories interesting and very parabolic. They were filled with life lessons and understandings that transition well into today's world. My biggest issue was trying to read something from an older perspective as quickly as I could, and the short stories allowed me to put the book down and dread picking it up again. I was really interested in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Being a sci-fi fan it was not at all what I was expecting visually or literally. More of a tale of man's inner struggles, where film and pop culture portrays it more of just a mutation or science experiment gone wrong.Glad I read and will probably read the stories again in the future.

  • Yasser
    2019-04-30 19:46

    رحلة جديدة مع روبرت لويس ستتيفنسون.. صاحب جزيرة الكنز، ود. جيكل ومستر هايد، وألف ليلة وليلة الجديدة..الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة من القصص لستيفنسون من مكتبة الأسرة عام ٢٠١٤ .المميز في أسلوب ستيفنسون السهولة في السرد، لا تتطلب مجهود ذهني عالي في استنباط المعاني المقصودة، ومع ذلك يستطيع التعبير عن معاني عميقة ببساطة. إضافة إلى قدرته الجميلة في توظيف الخيال.أفضل القصص كانت من وجهة نظري، ماركهايم.

  • Richard Epstein
    2019-04-25 21:47

    I read this collection of stories so long ago, that I was too young to understand some of what I read. (Too young for Stevenson!) A Lodging for the Night makes a lot less sense when you've never heard of François Villon. But I persevered and read it to tatters. Now that I'm all growed up and properly educated and stuff, I know that there are short story writers greater than RLS, but my affection persists. The first one through the door gets the best seat.

  • Ivan Benedict
    2019-05-02 22:30

    There are 8 rather long short stories in this collection from Robert Louis Stevenson. The last is actually 3 related storiesin one. The first, of course, is "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; andit differs some from the famous movie, actually more suspenseful. There are very weird circumstances in all these stories, andmost involve violence and murder in strange ways. This isnot what I generally like to read, but the writing is so good,I liked them all.

  • Alicia Margarita
    2019-04-25 23:28

    Just love RLS works so much

  • TrumanCoyote
    2019-05-16 22:40

    Certainly quite a bit of variety to be found here. Unfortunately there are a few rather sappy endings (and describing one in a chapter heading as a deus ex machina doesn't really seem to help matters much).The whole New Arabian Nights business was I thought basically a whole lot of hoopla about nothing. But "A Lodging for the Night" was interesting (with its rather up-in-the-air ending). "Providence and the Guitar" was one of the best things here, with its joyous, optimistic mood. The "Maletroit" story became a movie with Charles Laughton (called The Strange Door). "Will o' the Mill" was a bit puzzling and hardly seemed to serve any purpose at all. "The Story of a Lie" was fun, but suffered from the aforementioned coy-ending problem. "Thrawn Janet" and "The Merry Men" suffer from the fact that they weren't really written in English (ugh, I hate wading through dialect crap!--especially when the editor provides precious few, if any, notes about what all that junk means)."The Body-Snatcher" is a wonderful bit of black humor. "Markheim" was great indeed, like some newly unearthed tale from Poe, until it abruptly derailed at the end with all that silly philosophical-dialogue stuff."Jekyll & Hyde" was absolutely marvelous...although the way it was structured, the last 30 pages or so only seem to serve as a footnote, and come off perhaps a bit anti-climactic. It's true I suppose that the final revelations are of a piece with the earlier proceedings, and serve to further the weird twistings and turnings of the whole investigation; also of course the way Utterson stumbles upon the business is very much a part of the mood of the book, which is taken with skulking through the tunnels and byways of the human labyrinth. But having the proceedings end with Jekyll/Hyde's death, the way it usually happens in the movie adaptations, does have an undeniable satisfaction to it. And the workings of the magic potion (as in so much proto-scifi) don't seem to make terribly much sense if you really think about it...for example, why wouldn't the stuff just as easily isolate his "absolutely good" self? But fables often have the advantage that such quibbles seem to slip into the background when pitted against the overriding concerns of the narrative.The resolution of "The Bottle Imp" seemed a bit cheap (although, given the constraints, it was hard to see how it could be otherwise). And "The Beach of Falesa" came off as rather long and slight (for all those pages). "The Isle of Voices" was certainly rather trippy...though I'm not sure I can say terribly much else about it. Toward the end of his (rather brief) life Stevenson, like Tolstoy, seemingly felt impelled to forsake conventional narratives for folk tales.At any rate, in numerous places Stevenson's prose sings wonderfully well; his leaps of imagination, within a paragraph or even just a phrase, can indeed verge on the breathtaking.

  • Molly G
    2019-04-21 22:49

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ~ a reread. After being so saturated with all the adaptations it's inspired, was surprised at the parts and aspects I didn't remember at all, and how it's much more complex and morally ambiguous than has translated into mass consciousness. I do enjoy some of the adaptations, but the original in this case remains the most sophisticated and wonderful.The Pavilion on the Links ~ finished May 25, '08. Engrossing and enjoyable read.A Lodging for the Night ~ Jun 16. A bit stranger.Markheim ~ Jul 3. Salvaged by the ending. (Finished on a plane from LAX to ORD.)The Bottle Imp ~ Jul 31. Just loved it. The setting, imagery, the characters, their relationships, balance of description to action and knowing where to omit description, vivid depiction of a religiosity without conceit or judgment (or moralizing); a great short story in all respects, including being perfectly suited to its length.The Sire de Malétroit's Door ~ Jul 31. Editors of the anthology say this of it:'No word need be said, we are sure, about "The Sire de Malétroit's Door," except that if you have not read it, we envy you from the bottom of our hearts—for there is no joy that has to do with books quite like that of reading a wonderful short story for the first time.' (Preface.)My feelings are a bit more mixed. ;-) Definitely well-written, engaging, filled without conceit or overwroughtness with the fascinating ideas Stevenson simply writes in always; just ultimately left with a feeling of, "...Oy" at the outcome and how it relates to characters' actions and attitudes. Which is most probably a deliberate theme.The Beach at Falesá ~ Aug 11. Complicated reactions, mostly negative, though think it's a case of the author exploring negatives via a character who doesn't find them negative.The Suicide Club ~ Aug 26. That fascinating creature of the ideal sovereign crops up again; someone who can earn and command total love and loyalty from a two-minute casual conversation, both on a personal/social and a political level. My own usage of the word "fascinating" is tricky since in a way this ideal character jades me a tad against the story, but I suppose it's used well enough and evened out. The first part (of three) of the story is the only one in which he's the protagonist, rather than a flitting presence, and in that one we see his less idealized qualities which get him into the plot at all.When I entered and rated each story individually, (not counting Jekyll and Hyde which I think of as a separate entity) none scored higher than The Bottle Imp with three stars. Taken in totality, even those stories I wasn't as fond of are elevated in fondness by connection with all the others.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-15 22:30

    Well, I haven't gotten to the RLS website yet to read more of the stories that are in this book, so am basing my rating on those stories that I've read. I read The Body Snatcher, and a few others. All very good. RLS could really keep the reader engrossed - adventure writing at its best. Will update my review and rating when I'm able to read more.

  • Dhansen1
    2019-05-01 00:32

    Just picked this back up a week ago or so--it had been on my shelf for a long time and I had only read a handful of the stories previously. Short stories and novellas aren't for everyone, but if they're for you read Stevenson. His prose style is very dense and superbly evocative, and the stories are highly compelling. Once you're 5 pages in, just try not reading to the end!

  • Bluemīnda Lorem
    2019-04-27 03:26

    Stevenson es un escritor ideal para niños y adolescentes, por mucho que quieran decir lo contrario. Porque sus cuentos, centrados en la acción, además de ser fáciles de leer plantean preguntas (educan) al lector.

  • Sveta
    2019-05-02 00:32

    Each story the right size for breaks in filming, easy to pick up and not the sort of material that wears on you. I don't know why I keep reading Robert Louis Stevenson because inevitably at the end I decide that it was mediocre and a waste, I guess I'm an idiot for plot.

  • Aaron Schwartz
    2019-05-13 03:33

    These stories were alright, but overall not terribly imperative. The suicide club story is intriguing and creative, but most other things were just kind of nice. Enjoyable, but I don't think I would tell anyone "you have to read this!"

  • elias
    2019-05-11 23:38

    it was amazing to have time to read this book , love his way to describe the adventure , feelings , and love

  • Emily Brown
    2019-05-04 21:31

    good stories, great cover.

  • Greg
    2019-04-21 21:45

    The editor of this book calls RLS's style "high-falutin." I disagree... he reads like gold. I'm surprised actually, considering how old he is.

  • Jim Booth
    2019-05-04 03:40

    See my review at - or see my author page for the link.

  • jim copley
    2019-05-03 21:35

    What a journey.the collection is great. I would suggest reading the bios at the end of the book first. They shed some light on the style and subjects of the authors.

  • Starry
    2019-04-29 21:30

    Own this. Read it more than a decade ago so due for a reread.

  • Kathleen Scott
    2019-05-09 20:44

    The Yellow Paint, The Suicide Club, The Body Snatcher, Treasure Island, Markheim