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Treasure Island [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Book Description

A voyage for buried treasure spells trouble for cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in the middle of a mutiny with some of the nastiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas.


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<DIV><DIV>"There are few novels which grip so thrillingly as those first read in childhood, and for me none which has quite matched the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island." —P. D. James, author, The Children of Men</DIV></DIV>

<DIV><DIV>"Reading Treasure Island at the age of seven or eight was my real awakening as a reader . . . it is all as frightening and exciting when read for the umpteenth time in middle age as when first discovered in childhood." A. N. Wilson, author, The Lying Tongue</DIV></DIV>

<DIV><DIV>"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson s prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." —Jake Arnott, author, The Long Firm</DIV></DIV> --Jake Arnott, author "The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

About the Author

<DIV><DIV>Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - –1894) is the author of Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jake Arnott is the author of Johnny Come Home and ƒƒThe Long Firm trilogy.</DIV></DIV>

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612790895
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AZXKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Boy Ever Really Outgrows Treasure Island September 22, 2013
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Treasure Island was written 130 years ago and it remains one of the great adventure tales of all time. I originally read it when I was about ten years old and, fifty years later, I recently re-read it in the Kindle edition. The fact that the book brings as much pleasure now as it did then is an indication of how good it really is. Stevenson truly hit the ball out of the park with this one.

Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used. In that regard, I have to say that the Kindle edition that I downloaded lacks one thing that was included in my old printed edition, which was published by MacMillan way back in 1924. The old edition has a set of notes following the text, explaining a lot of the nautical terms and old-fashioned jargon. It even includes the complete lyrics to "A Bottle of Rum". I never found those notes necessary but they might prove useful to some of the younger readers, to whom such language might be unfamiliar. Personally, I think the language is part of what has given this tale it's lasting appeal. In addition, I don't know whether 18th Century pirates really spoke the way Stevenson has them speak in Treasure Island, but there is no doubt that it is the way they will forever be remembered, "...and ye may lay to that, Matey"!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic! April 29, 2013
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Our family enjoyed this as a read-aloud, by thunder! My 4th and 2nd graders loved it, and you may lay to that! I think you'd also love it, and I'll stake my wig on it. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates! September 7, 2014
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Avast me hearties! I just be reading another great swash-buckling pirate tale, Pirates of Financial Freedom (great story and even teaches ye how to make yer own treasure). It be making me want to re-read the classic tale of buccaneers: Treasure Island.

Argghhh! The adventure, treasure maps, marooning, peg-legs, and aye the rum. Hard to get any better than this me lads and lassies. You'll be wantin' to plunder this book even if you only be havin' one eye. Read this pirate book and others too, or we'll make ye walk the plank and send you to Davy Jones locker ye scurvy dog!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on the High Seas! November 27, 2013
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Oh man, I think I have forgotten everything about this book I read as a child, and my mind is overshadowed by the old movie as well.
As always RSL has a prosaic way of writing, compelling, yet with that stiff Brit wit wound about his characters and story. I think I love this tale more than I did as a kid. Enjoying reading it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Keeper ! December 1, 2013
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it was suspenseful and I enjoyed the characters. It's a book you can reread every few years. One does not realize how much it has contributed to our culture- 16 men on a deadman's chest is a phrase every one knows. Of note, one can compare the pirates to our present day gangs-sociopaths do not change with time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic December 29, 2013
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Very enjoyable. Although a bit of a tough read, it's great to see some background to more modern day pirate stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can taste the salt. May 1, 2014
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Brilliant read, I tried to read it as a child. This time I finished it, so glad I did.

Salty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Kids April 26, 2013
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This is an example of great writing. The style, pace, characters, descriptions, settings, action--all of it. It's great. I read this book in a literature class and really enjoyed it. It is perhaps the best classic I have read besides Tolkien's The Hobbit. Treasure Island manages to stand alone as the go-to book on pirates, sea voyages, and young men seeking adventure. Before anyone decides to read children's or YA literature, they must first read Treasure Island to get an idea of what a good book should contain.
Question: Why haven't they made a modern movie of this? It would be great cinema.
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