Treasure Island

Treasure Island

eBook - 2020
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Robert Louis Stevenson was a great traveler, who spent his last years in the Pacific, far from his native Scotland. His novel Treasure Island is a seafaring adventure story filled with treasure, treachery, pirates, ships and islands. It was originally published as a serial in the children's magazine Young Folks. Stevenson's novel greatly influenced popular pirate imagery: the treasure map marked with "X", the tropical island, the schooner and finally the one-legged pirate complete with parrot.

Publisher: Duke Classics

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 22, 2020

This is one of the first books I remember reading. I've reread it recently and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. It is one of those books, like Gulliver's Travels and Huckleberry Finn, that stand in a class all their own.

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humbleworm
Feb 04, 2020

Stevenson's Treasure Island is the definitive adventure novel from which all pirate stereotypes derive. I recall reading the author's forward in one edition, where he actually apologized for publishing yet another pirate story (apparently the genre was popular well before 1883); whatever those other authors wrote is long since forgotten.

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carolwu96
Sep 17, 2019

The book’s protagonist, Jim Hawkins, coincidentally obtains a map leading to treasures on a deserted island and boards a ship to get there. Among his companions are the generous Dr.Livesey and the righteous Captain Smollett, but there are also a group of pirates, headed by Long John Silver, who secretly plan a mutiny once they find the treasures.

I had read this story in Chinese as a child because it was a popular Western children’s book for parents to buy. However, the memory had blurred over the years and after discovering that its author was the same as the one who wrote Jekyll & Hyde (which I also read & reviewed recently), I decided to give it another read!

Treasure Island is really different from Jekyll & Hyde. Although both have the Gothic elements such as pirates and double identities, TI puts much more emphasis on the adventure and character and plot developments, as opposed to J&H which focuses on the mystery itself. .
I can tell why people often see TI as a coming-of-age story. Jim Hawkins is an extremely likable young man, smart, brave and sometimes headstrong. The morals and personalities of the other major characters vary across a colorful spectrum, and each is adequately developed for the reader to have a stake in their well-being, which is important for a conflict-centered work like this.

Some say that a moral of TI is that good people are rewarded and the bad are punished, but I disagree. Not all bad people are punished — Long John Silver escapes at the end with a portion of the treasure, and some loyal seamen were killed because they refused to join the pirates. Rather, I believe that part of what Jim learns as his lesson is that rewards do not necessarily match with moralistic values, and the best we can do is to follow our hearts and hope for the best.

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Fredgarmin
Jul 22, 2019

An all-time classic. Recommended reading for all ages. Let your imagination run wild. A terrific story with memorable characters.

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Derringer
May 22, 2019

Originally published back in 1883 - "Treasure Island" is an adventure novel written by Scottish-born author, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

In this volume Stevenson narrates a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold." This book's influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an “X,” schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.

"Treasure Island" was originally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. This edition of "Treasure Island" is pleasantly illustrated by Newell Convers Wyeth.

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MahumKhawaja
Mar 27, 2018

The climax of the story wasn't very clear, actually. I think it could hv been elaborated, but other than that the book had a lot of original ideas , and great character development!

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horthhill
Mar 19, 2018

"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson is as close to a perfect novel as I can imagine. I read it way back when as a kid and loved it. And, yup, I, again, loved it.

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calviner
Nov 28, 2017

I liked the theme of Treasure Island, with knowledge of pirate slang and packed with intense adventures. I also liked the backstory of some characters they meet along the way on random islands.

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Mr_Han
Oct 09, 2017

Treasure Island is a good story, but is terribly hard to read.

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becker
Jul 23, 2017

This is one swashbuckling great adventure story, complete with a one legged pirate, buried treasure and a bottle of rum. I have re-read this many times and have just as much fun with it each time. It is very readable and fairly short. The language is wonderful and worth reading for the dialogue alone.

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cjgmoose
Jul 25, 2014

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

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kmkarbowski
Jun 19, 2012

"Yo, ho, yo, ho, a pirate's life for me!"
"And a bottle of rum!"

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Penguinting
Jul 07, 2014

This book is about a boy named Jim Hawkins finding treasure on an island, with help from a doctor and squire...

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