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Glad I finally read this one
on August 3, 2014
An old sailor called Billy Bones finds his way to the Admiral Benbow Inn. He warns the innkeepers son, Jim Hawkins, to keep an eye out for other sailors that might be after him. Finally, drunk with too much rum, he tells Jim that the other sailors are after his treasure chest. Billy has a stroke at the Inn and dies. Jim and his mother decide to open the chest to take the money rightfully owed them, and not a penny more. In the chest, they find a map telling of where true treasure lies.
When sailors turn up looking for Billy, Jim and his mother flee, fearing for their own lives. They tell Dr. Livesey of their story and finding the map. Soon, a sea adventure is planned. Jim is to sail with the Dr. and a crew being assembled to find Treasure Island and the treasure long ago buried there. With Long John Silver aboard the ship as the cook, and many of his own men, mayhem and treachery soon abound.
Not exactly what I was expecting with this book. I was thinking there'd be more swashbuckling adventure and more searching for treasure. Both were in the story, but just not as fleshed out as I was hoping for. It was a bit more tame and subdued. I can see though how this story has fed into many of the pirate stories of today. Glad I finally read this one.
Very appropriate book to read for the Reading Rummy Challenge! An oft used quote from the book:
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"