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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions; Original edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609450612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609450618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This highly original, farcical novel will keep you entertained in spite of (or more accurately, because of) its toxic narrator." --Library Journal

"Levine is a wonderful storyteller with a vibrant voice. “Treasure Island!!!” is a rollicking tale, shameless, funny and intelligent."
(New York Times Book Review)

"[An] irreverent comic novel of self-empowerment."
(O., The Oprah Magazine)

"An absurdist comedy of suburbia."
(The New York Times)

"Levine sports an original, brutally witty voice."
(The Washington Post)

"I laughed my way through...this addictive little pageturner."
(The Boston Bibliophile)

"This highly original, farcical novel will keep you entertained."
(Library Journal)

"A sassy first novel ... You can't go wrong."
(Library Journal Prepub Alert)

"Levine's subtle insight about the egocentric nature of our society is knife-sharp."
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"Levine...is a tremendously funny writer."
(Time Out Chicago)

About the Author

Sara Levine teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Nerve, Necessary Fiction, Sonora Review, and other magazines. She won a 2008 Bridport Prize for Fiction, a Special Mention in The Pushcart Anthology, and three citations in The Best American Essays. Her writing has been anthologized in Best of Fence: The First Nine Years and The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction: 1970 to the Present.

More About the Author

Sara Levine grew up in Ohio. She studied English at Northwestern University and wrested a PhD in English from Brown University. She has taught in the MFA in Nonfiction Writing program at the University of Iowa is now a professor in the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Customer Reviews

I won't say what she did as it would be a spoiler.
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The Treasure Island conceit wears thin very quickly due to the annoying voice of the extremely unreliable narrator.
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Wonderfully written quirky and funny story with an underlying serious message and perfect ending.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stevieray0988 on December 18, 2012
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This is a hilarious, witty, sophisticated, and also deeply sad novel. The narrative voice is brilliant and Levine gives readers just enough clues to piece together what's really going on, despite the unreliable (and at least slightly unbalanced) tour guide she gives us. The discrepancy between the narrator's narcissistic vision of her world and what the reader can infer is really going on creates a really compelling tension that pulls the reader through the narrative at a lightning-fast pace. And somehow, despite the narrator's delusion, narcissism, and pathological manipulation, Levine managed to cast her in a charming and empathetic light. Bravo, Sara Levine!

PS: Any violence toward humans and animals that takes place in this novel is relegated to an imaginary world and was not tested on actual humans and animals. ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sammy M. on March 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I am also a vegan and an animal rights activist as well as someone who completely disagrees with much of our society's commodification of animals and the environment (and people). Many reviews on Sara Levine's novel make statements about her narrator being so offensive and obnoxious as well as a merciless animal abuser ... which she is (all of the above). But who says a narrator has to be likable or even someone you want to be friends with? Often in literature, narrators are unreliable or disagreeable people. Just because you don't like the narrator doesn't mean the book is terrible; the narrator is not Sara Levine, and the narrator is not speaking everything Sara Levine wants her readers to know. Actually, speaking straight through your narrator and telling your readers something from yourself is a kind of writing strategy that is often seen as obviously amateur or overly insistent and not open to interpretation. Part of the joy in reading is reading in-between the lines and figuring out what the writer is trying to do, or letting the emotions you feel from reading tell you something about the story.

I wrote my final essay for my major on the display of animal treatment in Levine's novel, looking at the character of Richard (the mistreated parrot) as a point of view in the story.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Haskell Smith on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This funny, eccentric novel isn't for the faint of heart or people who like their protagonists warm and cuddly; but if you like a demented, narcissistic, and unreliable narrator who misguidedly uses Stevenson's Treasure Island as a self-help book then you are in for one of the funniest books I've ever read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Robertson on June 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 'Treasure Island!!!' Sara Levine gives Stevenson's novel the same sort of comic postmodern once-over that Julian Barnes gave 'Madame Bovary' in his great 'Flaubert's Parrot.' In Levine's version, boy-adventurer Jim Hawkins is replaced by a mildly demented female slacker who decides to remake her life in the image of 'Treasure Island.' Amazingly--frighteningly--she succeeds, sort of.

Levine is both a brilliant comedian and an acute literary critic. Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' is a great adventure story but as disturbing, in its way, as 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' filled with graphic violence and unacknowledged depths of Freudian family drama. Levine makes manifest 'Treasure Island''s latent content. The result is both thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on September 18, 2012
Format: MP3 CD
After quickly scanning the summary of this audio book, I grabbed it. What caught my eye was a college graduate reads Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island and becomes convinced Stevenson's book is cosmically intended for her. Jim Hawkins becomes her hero, changing her life. Decisions are based on what would Jim Hawkins do? I found that funny. The idea also appealed to the OCD part of me, and this sick chick does become obsessed.

In my mind, when I read the summary, I envisioned a short and funny story. True enough, it was short. Only four discs-- 4 hours, 47 minutes. The story was funny, but in a snarky sort of way. The main character is a self-absorbed, calculating, irresponsible brat. In fact, I came close to walking away, but kept telling myself, just a few more minutes. Then a few minutes grew into a couple of hours and well, I couldn't stop listening. I had to know how it ended. Speaking which, the ending, that is, there wasn't one. Okay, maybe that's not exactly true, but there wasn't a solid one. Sara Levine's slice of life novella ended on an ironic note, leaving this reader to ponder.

No regrets with this audio book, but I wouldn't recommend it to pet lovers. The abuse and neglect over the Amazon parrot was hard to stomach. That said, Levine is a natural-born storyteller and the narrator, Emily Durante, captures the character's voice perfectly.
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