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Treasure Island Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1612930879 ISBN-10: 1612930875

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612930875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612930879
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"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

"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 Trilogy

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1849) is the author of Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jake Arnott is the author of Johnny Come Home and The Long Firm trilogy.

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... which is how long it had been since I last read it. Classic, fun to read again, reminds me why I wanted to live on a desert island as a child.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Wells on March 8, 2012
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The problem I face with most kinds of classic books is the fact that it is held on such a high pedestal it will never reach the standard that I have imagined it would be, but that isn't the writer's fault. It is the fault of those annoying intellectuals who discuss them in their book groups, and look down on those peasants who haven't been lucky enough to go to university and taught why these books are so great, the (insert your own appropriate description of these people). It is also my own fault, because I'm an opinionated narcissist who scorns any who oppose his views, which is why I hate those people who belittle simple book for being simple and not an intwined conundrum of revealing insights to the writer him/herself, sometimes we just like simple!

I picked Treasure Island up after watching the recent version on TV, starring Executive Transvestite Eddie Izzard (well done if you know that joke), and I wondered how far off this adaption was to the book. Previously I had watched adaptations of many books to film, and decided to see if this show had gone the way of The 13th Warrior (watch this film, it is absolutely amazing) or the dark rage filled minutes of the modern Clash of the Titans (a terrible film, watch the older version just for nostalgia purposes). The show was placed in a comfortable middle, not good, but didn't completely ignore the book, and just use the title because Hollywood couldn't be bothered with thinking up their own title and names!!

Now my quota of classic fiction is very bare. I have always found the writing dull and sometimes difficult to understand, even though the obvious reason being that is was made in a different age, and I should stop being such an uncouth bum hole and appreciate the genius of the work.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blue on February 23, 2012
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Look for another copy. This one has a typo on the FIRST page. "...keeping nothing back but the beaings [sic] of the island..."
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on January 9, 2012
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Treasure Island is a wild, crazy-like story. I was always holding my breath and crossing my fingers on mostly every page. I was always scared for Jim, the boy who is the main character, and was always wishing him the best. Overall, it was extremely exciting and I even reread it. Treasure Island is truly a classic.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer O'Connell on December 12, 2013
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I did not like this book very much. I think it would be a good book for those interested, but I am not partial to this story. I think that if you think you would like a suspenseful, intriguing pirate story than you should try it out.
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