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Treasure Island (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – April 10, 2001
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"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."
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Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike. And as David Cordingly points out in his Introduction, Treasure Island is also the best and most influential of all the stories about pirates.
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It can be enjoyed by everyone from middle-school to post graduate.
It is extraordinarily well plotted, and populated with strong characters each possessing his own unique voice and personality. The setting, whether on ship or on land, forms a moving picture so vivid that it is little work to believe you were there. The language is as fresh as today and as old many yesterdays. Best of all, it tells morality tale but never sounds like it comes from a pulpit.
I read this while listening to the professional narration. One man alone does all the voices, and he never slips, not once.
If you don't know the story, Jim, who lives alone with his mother, loves the sea and gets caught up in a legitimate sailing venture. However, the crew of undercover pirates, led by one-legged Long John Silver, takes over the ship to search for treasure on an island they had visited before. I think this was written for younger audiences, which is odd for children's literature because Long John Silver is not all good or all bad. He is the ultimate lovable scalawag, and as a reader I find my opinion of him being jerked back and forth through the entire novel. Is he good, or is he evil? Does he really care about anyone but himself, or all his good qualities just a way to get what he wants? Even now, over twenty years after my first encounter with the book, I can't fully decide.
This is a classic, and one worth reading.
The story describes a young boy’s adventure on the high seas in search of treasure. He has dealings with the pirate, Long John Silver. This young boy becomes a hero, saving all with his wit & bravery.
Stevenson knew the truth about crime - it is motivated by stupidity and short-sightedness, not by "greed." The thoughtless pirates blunder again and again causing suffering to themselves, just like crooks in the modern world.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
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!