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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
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Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used.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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
Treasure Island is a classic pirate adventure story! I recently watched the 2012 TV movie "Treasure Island," and since I had not read this story as a kid, decided to read it as an adult. I can't believe I missed out on this adventure as a kid! The descriptions of the pirates and of life at sea and on the island are vivid and imaginative. The character Jim Hawkins is relatable and likeable. Definitely a fun bedtime story for kids - and adults!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2014
It starts in the 18th century with a mysterious sea captain who comes to stay at the Hawkins family inn. Trouble follows him in the form of some intimidating old mates of his who show up. Before long, Jim is swept off into a tale of the buried treasure of pirate Captain Flint. The past comes alive with an explosion as Flint's former crew are found to be alive and well...and raring to find the hidden fortune. Jim, the levelheaded doctor, and the impetuous Squire set off to find it first. Only the three of them know of the secret map that will guide them there. Alongside them as a big help in this quest is one-legged sea cook Long John Silver, who seems to know everything about the sea and is always ready to lend a helping hand and a smile.

So the adventure begins. [But things soon go sour. It starts out as just discontent on the ship. But soon more sinister plans are revealed. The worst is finally realized: our trio has made a grave mistake in choosing their crew, and now find themselves surrounded by pirates, Flint's former crew. Ringleader Silver, Flint's right-hand man, holds his men in check, advising them to bide their time until the map can be found and the treasure is theirs.

Soon Jim, Dr. Livesy, Squire, the Captain, and a few faithful crew are on the run for their lives. A stockade provides an uncertain shelter, but attacks by the pirates dwindle their numbers. An old, abandoned, half-crazed sailor is located on the island, but can he be trusted? Making a desperate bid to save them all, Jim comes face to face with a brutal, wily pirate. Things get even worse when he's captured by Silver. The pirates are barely held in check, and want both gold and blood. A showdown comes about, but things end well.

Jim is a plucky, energetic kid with a good sense and good ideas. Squire Trelawney provides a good example of someone without much discernment or perception. The doctor is a levelheaded leader. Though gruff, the captain demonstrates good instincts and leadership. The various loyal hands, while not fleshed out much, are still nice characters.

Long John Silver is some piece of work! His eager, cheerful personality hides a cunning and wily mind. He knows how to play games in order to achieve his purposes. He's such a frustrating character. But, through the efforts of a few good men, and the hand of Providence, evil does not triumph.

"When he speaketh fair, believe him not:
for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Whose hatred is covered by deceit,
his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein:
and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."
-Proverbs 26:25-27

This is such an awesome book! A tale of adventure, the high seas, buried treasure, pirates, adventure — what's not to like? Totally clean and a great read for all ages!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
This was a Christmas gift and the recipient loved it. It was new still in wrap so the condition was great. Was very happy with it. I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
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
on November 27, 2013
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
on December 1, 2013
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
on December 29, 2013
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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