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Silver: Return to Treasure Island Hardcover – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307884879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307884879
  • ASIN: 0307884872
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." —New York Times Book Review

“Deft, wildly imaginative. . . . Every chapter crackles with energy and action. Lies, betrayals, romance, humor—expect them all. . . . A page-turner that thoughtfully questions its own world—and makes you long for a sequel to the sequel.” —Oprah.com
 
“Crammed with incident, intrigue and peril. . . . One gets easily swept up by the suspenseful story Silver tells, and the excitement, dread and courage of its young narrator and his companions.” Seattle Times
 
“A rollicking adventure. . . . [Silver] has everything: a seagoing adventure with endearing heroes, barbarous pirates, venomous snakes, a loquacious parrot, and romance. Can’t miss.” Library Journal
 
And More Praise from the UK

“Elegant, affectionate homage to Robert Louis Stevenson … A piece of writing born of genuine love and respect for the original.”  The Sunday Times

Deeply pleasing and convivial. . . . As with Treasure Island, Silver is left open to the possibility of its own sequel, and surely no one would wish Motion to swallow the anchor.” The Guardian

“[Silver] reeks of authenticity, cunning, intrigue, suspense and adventure.  It’s brilliant, and for all ages.” Daily Mirror

“[Motion] reinvents Stevenson’s world to reveal its dark underside, illuminating both its mysterious beauty and its grim immortality. . . . Stands in its own right as a companion volume to a literary classic” The Observer

“[An] elegant, thrilling sequel. . . . Motion’s prose, vivid and glowingly poetic, is a brilliant counterpoint to the fascinating action.” The Daily Mail

About the Author

ANDREW MOTION served as Poet Laureate of the UK for ten years and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is now professor of creative writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 


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Customer Reviews

Anyone from 12 to 112 should enjoy this book...it's a good read!
Gregory E. Foster
Sometimes the author seems to get too wrapped up in trying to do Stevenson to do the story.
Half Fast Farmer
It was really hard for me to get going in this book through and even harder to finish it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Myers VINE VOICE on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Berner VINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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One of the problems with the trend towards writing "sequels" to established classics is the rather obvious thought that, if the author of, say, "Gone With The Wind", had WANTED to continue the story, SHE BLOODY WELL WOULD HAVE!

Robert Louis Stevenson, however, is another story.

He wrote a (less than successful) sequel to his novel "Kidnapped", and would, one likes to think, have done the same with "Treasure Island" if he weren't so unfortunate as to come down with, um, death, at a very young age.

Indeed, there have been any number of "Return to Treasure Island" novels, films, etc. Some even with that title.

None of them, however, were more than mere potboilers (not that there's anything wrong with that!) until now.

"Silver" is written by Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate of England. So you know he's got the writing chops.

Moreover, the tale he tells, of Jim Hawkins' son teaming up with Long John Silver's daughter on a quest to find the rest of the treasure left behind on the eponymous islend is a worthy stand-alone even if you'd never heard of the first book (and yes, not to worry, her daddy's along for the ride, as well.)

As to the style; Motion manages to capture the feel of Stevenson even while speaking in his own, loud, clear, voice (Although I would suspect more of us know the tale from film/TV than have actually read it... sadly)

In short, if you like your buckles well swashed, and your adventures non-stop adventurous, and you're between the ages of, say, 10 and 97and 1/2; Have I got a book for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 30, 2012
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I enjoyed this tale very much, though it is not perfect. The language and descriptions are beautiful and poetic, with the language a bit formal as befits the purported author, the son of Treasure Island's Jim Hawkins. Jim has turned out to be a rather bitter, drunken inn owner, who rides his son pretty hard. One day young Jim is visited by an intriguing and beautiful young woman who turns out to be the daughter of Long John Silver. The two of course set out to find that part of the treasure that was left behind, but as one would hope it is not that simple. As in the original story, Jim must learn who to trust and how to make tough decisions under pressure, and I thought the inner workings of the narrator were well related and advanced with his experiences.

What I did find lacking is much thrill and suspense. The conflicts are fairly predictable and as tame as a classic novel, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, I didn't mind the time I spent on the book. It's well written and enjoyable, though I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a one off. Instead we are left with a cliffhanger. I will probably buy the sequel.

This would perhaps work as a good book for 10-14 year old boys, especially, or as a read aloud for younger kids, but they may not appreciate the language and resent the slow pace.
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