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Silver: Return to Treasure Island [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Motion
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This ebook includes a free copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island!

A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic—about two young friends and their high-seas adventure with dangerous pirates and long-lost treasure.


It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have seemingly ended.
     But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the remaining treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. As Jim and Natty set sail in their fathers' footsteps, they quickly learn that this journey will not be easy.  Immediately, they come up against murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in every corner. And when they arrive on Treasure Island, they find terrible scenes awaiting them—difficulties which require all their wit as well as their courage.  Nor does the adventure end there, since they have to sail homeward again...
     Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and utterly brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.


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Earphones Award Winner. ""[David] Tennant's every word is magic. His guttural vowel pronunciations resonate delightfully, and his piratical rasps and mimicry of mynah bird Spot are amazing. Andrew Motion's pastiche captures the period's formal prose, which sparkles with vivid description and dynamic exploits."" - AudioFile Magazine
Starred Review. One of the Best Books 2012: Historical Fiction. ""As modern sequels to well-loved classics go, this worthy follow-up by former British poet laureate Motion has everything: a seagoing adventure with endearing heroes, barbarous pirates, venomous snakes, a loquacious parrot, and romance. Can't miss."" - Library Journal
Editor's Choice. ""The ship of Motion's prose rides gracefully, his descriptions of nature buoying the senses firmly enough to hold even a young reader's interest. ...With 'Silver,' Andrew Motion places the poet adventurer up in the sky where he belongs, coasting and gliding in favorable winds, pointing the way to literary treasure."" - The New York Times
An Oprah Book of the Week. ""Motion shares that wickedly delightful sense of story and language of his predecessor. ...a page-turner that thoughtfully questions its own world - and makes you long for a sequel to the sequel."" - Oprah.com
""...Motion matches the raw vitality of Stevenson, though his conclusion is far more grim...his ambition is admirable, as is his stylistic elegance."" - Kirkus Reviews
""Silver is quality work with equal portions of 'friendship, loyalty, and pirates' written by a master conjurer of words and phrases."" - The Buffalo News
""...rich and thrilling narrative which so ingeniously complements [Treasure Island]."" - The Independent (UK)
""Motion writes beautifully...a darker world than Stevenson's with real evil and genuine loss in it - and a tentative but credible burgeoning love story. Considered as a sequel, Silver more than holds its own as an adventure story."" - Irish Independent (UK)
""...a splendid adventure story in its own right."" - The Guardian (UK)
""...full of wonderful descriptions and beautiful sentences..."" - The Telegraph (UK)
""...a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right: a worthy sequel."" - WeLoveThisBook.com

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"...rich and thrilling narrative which so ingeniously complements [Treasure Island]." - The Independent (UK)
"Motion writes beautifully...a darker world than Stevenson's with real evil and genuine loss in it - and a tentative but credible burgeoning love story. Considered as a sequel, Silver more than holds its own as an adventure story." - Irish Independent (UK)
"...a splendid adventure story in its own right." - The Guardian (UK)
"...full of wonderful descriptions and beautiful sentences..." - The Telegraph (UK)
"...a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right: a worthy sequel." - WeLoveThisBook.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1844 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307884872
  • Publisher: Crown (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083DJR7S
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shanghaied By Wordsworth July 5, 2012
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Once again, I'm reviewing a book by a writer whose reputation in his - and my - native England is such that anything he writes will be assured of publication and absurdly laudatory reviews. How can a reviewer for one of what used to be called "the dailies", the national newspapers, possibly suggest that the former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom has written anything less than superlatively without some Long John Silver of an editor lifting a blue pencil and crying "Off with his head!"? They can't, of course, and the question is rhetorical.

Let's cut to the chase, me swabs: This "sequel" to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is an failure because it lacks the sine qua non of any adventure yarn: to wit, adventure, and one might add, suspense.

We already know from the onset of the book that young Jim Hawkins Jr. will survive - He's lived to tell the tale, after all - and that his beloved friend Natty will as well. He's such a straight-laced, virtuous boy scout of a character though that, at times, I wish he'd been impaled on one the ever so vile castaway's "gullies" - gully being a Scottish term for a dagger which Motion handily purloins from Stevenson.

Everything is so bleeding predictable. From the the handsome, upright Captain (cough, cough) "Beamish", to the nobility of the slaves, the evil leers of the "maroons" etc. etc. etc. I was never in doubt as to what was going to happen in the next instance.

The other cardinal sin, as two other reviewers, so far, have pointed out, is that Motion infects what should be an historical novel with a very 21st century sensibility. It just won't wash, so to speak.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book takes a while to get going... September 3, 2012
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Like a lot of people, I read Treasure Island when I was about 9 and ate it up. I think RLS is a phenomenal writer who will always be known for wonderful swashbuckling tales and the book certainly makes a great movie.

This book, however, notsomuch. I found it taking too long to get anywhere in the beginning, especially when Hawkins chases this wasp for 5 pages. I really failed to understand why this lengthy chase was important to the book.

The story was good enough to read, but I don't know if it is worth a second, third or fourth read. The back story of Treasure Island seemed unnecessary. I would think anyone who picks up this book will be familiar enough with its predecessor that we do not need a great description of what happened before this.

If you are an RLS fan this is something worth checking out, but I would say if you don't care for pirates, sea-faring voyages or RLS himself, you might want to pass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Jim and Natty Continue Their Fathers' Adventures August 27, 2012
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In the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island comes a tale of Young Jim Hawkins and Natty Silver. Young Jim is the son of Jim Hawkins. The elder Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola. Long John Silver, Natty's father, has returned to England to live in obscurity.

Long John is up to his old tricks when he sends Natty after "The Map." Natty, in turn, gets Young Jim Hawkins involved in the adventure as they return to Treasure Island to find the remaining treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. As Jim and Natty set sail on the Nightingale, they quickly learn that this journey will not be as easy as the dreamed it would be. They come up against many unforeseen dangers on the sea and on the island. Murderous pirates, long-held grudges, greed and deception are lurking in every corner. Arriving at Treasure Island, they are confronted with difficulties which will require all their wit as well as their courage in order to overcome the things they are witnessing.

This is a good tale to follow in the footsteps of the classic - but with a twist or two of its own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I read Treasure Island several decades ago when I was in middle school and I remember enjoying it, especially the sense of adventure, danger, and suspense. When I saw Silver, I could not help picking it up because I wanted to see if it could measure up to the original. After reading it, I have found it to be an enjoyable read, and though not quite as masterfully written as the original, it can stand on its own merit.

I'm not going to rehash the plot of Treasure Island here, but at the end of TI, readers get the sense that author R.L. Stevenson did leave room for a sequel. In Silver, Jim Hawkins of TI has retired from his adventures and it is his son, the young Jim Hawkins who is called upon to aid Long John Silver's daughter, Nat in finding the treasure their fathers left behind.

It appeared to me that Silver was part romance, part adventure story as Jim Hawkins junior's evolution as a character seems to grow more out of his emotional reaction to Nat and not so much as a result of their adventure together. I discovered that the author, Andrew Motion is a poet, which made sense when I looked at the way Silver was written - there's a lyrical quality to his writing.

When Nat and Hawking Jr. arrive at the island, they find breathtaking elements and also make horrific discoveries. Author Andrew Motion is able to evoke these elements in a credible manner, making the picture clear and vividly alive. I see this book appealing to Young Adults especially since it is written in more accessible language than the original. Young adults reluctant to read the original might be tempted to do so after reading this dramatic and well-written sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK as a story, right up there with ...
It's OK as a story, right up there with any number of disposable pulp fictions. What is missing is Stevenson's characters, their quirks, their depth, and their human strengths and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jon Norstog
4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking read
Predictable, but still fun to read.. you just need a. solid suspension of belief. No need to comment on the plot--a sequel to Treasure Island. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Light weight - does not have the engagement that one ...
Light weight - does not have the engagement that one gets from RLS's original. Nevertheless it does place a loose hold on the reader's expectations of some reward. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Magyar Gastronome
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable so you might want to give it a shot...
This book was tagged as the follow up to the classic Treasure Island. It had promise and it did deliver in taking you back to the beloved island, eventually. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shelly Hammond
2.0 out of 5 stars No treasure here
Audiobook review. Weak story, predictable and a thoroughly terrible ending. If it weren't for David Tennent's exellent narration I would have not finished the book.
Published 14 months ago by ethen1964
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver success
This text was downloaded as a requirement for university unit. A wonderful book brilliantly written worthy sequel to treasure island. Would recommend to anyone that loves to read.
Published 18 months ago by Lucais
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to 'Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum'?
There is always a difficulty in writing a sequel to a much-loved classic in that comparisons will naturally be drawn. Read more
Published 20 months ago by FictionFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not real pirates anymore...
Pirates now have mutated and are like ghouls ... Aside of being greedy they are fixated in their sick ways.
We all seek a twist of fate and the smile of fortune... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alfredo Remy
2.0 out of 5 stars ponderous and lacks focus
ponderous and lacks focus. Other than those flaw, I found the author could write with a flare out of the norm.
Published 20 months ago by Mark A. Rosen
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying hard to be a book to follow a classic
"Silver" is one of the odder books I have read in the last few years - a good story written in the guise and form of the book it aspires to follow, "Treasure Island". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth)
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