When a foul-tempered old sailor, takes up residence at his parents’ inn, young Jim Hawkins little realizes that the man is on the run. But, when the Captain dies with a group of pirates closing in, Jim ends up with a map to a huge pirate treasure in his hands. Now, together with Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, the three find themselves a ship, and set out to find this marvelous treasure island. But there’s dirty work afoot, and it will take all of Jim pluck and daring if he is going to win through to the treasure...or even just to stay alive!
Well, I have seen a number of movies based on this true classic of Western literature, but I have finally read the original story. As for me, I found it to be quite entertaining – filled with lots of danger and daring-do. I have read a lot of late 19th/early 20th century boy’s book, and this one is the king of the genre. No yucky romance, indeed, little in the way of females at all. It’s muscular fiction, of the sort that boys have read for many generations.
I must say that I really liked Mr. Stevenson’s portrayal of the pirate life – trying to maintain order and discipline amongst a violent and highly-individualized crew, and so forth. I found the book to be very realistic, and all the more entertaining for that.
This is a great book, one that has stood the test of time and truly deserves to be called a classic. I highly recommend this book to all boys, and all men who are boys at heart! (And, to all girls who like muscular fiction!)