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Treasure Island (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 1, 1999
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Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 6-10-- The striking jacket of this new edition of an old classic promises more than it delivers. Thirty-one plates, full-color but predominantly in earth-tone hues, are dropped into the text, sometimes mindlessly. For example, the cover art, a pirate digging in sand among pieces of eight, reappears on page 61, facing text that sketches the lives of pirates, "gentlemen of fortune." The text never relates to the art. Ingpen's style is impressionistic but evocative of N. C. Wyeth's illustrations for the same title (Scribners, 1911, reissued by Time Warner, 1992); his plate of Blind Pow shows the subject in much the same pose. In some paintings, Ingpen uses angle and perspective effectively; interest is added by superimposing people upon background, or vice-versa. Spot line drawings, some used more than once, accent many pages. Unfortunately, in some cases, a subject is not recognizable from one page to the next, and the hazy impressionistic style makes it difficult to interpret some pictures. Although superficially handsome, this title has stiff competition from many other editions of Treasure Island , the Wyeth edition, especially. --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Some of the nautical terms and pirate jargon in the story were unfamiliar to me and I found the CliffNotes Treasure Island Glossary to be very useful in understanding them. It defines terms like alow and aloft; assizes; dead-eye; my cock, as in rooster and meaning a fine young man (that one tripped me up for a few seconds) and many others. Amazon won't let me post a link to it so just do a search for "Full Glossary for Treasure Island - CliffsNotes". It'll probably be the first hit in the list and it's free.
There are many images on the Web for Treasure Island. I did a Search for 'Treasure Island Map' and I found one that helped in getting a better idea of where action was taking place. I hope you enjoy the story and if you have young children why not read it aloud with them.
By the way, if you want to see the film I highly recommend you watch the 1950 Disney version starring Robert Newton as Long John Silver. One RottenTomatoes critic said this; "Newton's Long John Silver is the ultimate buccaneer, a one-legged, squinty-eyed blackguard so piratical he even concludes a prayer with a hammy 'Ahhhhhrrrmen...'" And Silver could also be the most charming, silver-tongued devil around when it suited him.
Part Two of this book introduces the reader to Long John Silver.
I have read this book twice. I am a fan of Robert Lewis Stevenson, his novels and his poetry. This particular story is, I feel, a great way to get a youth, perhaps more a young male, involved in literature.
The second time I read this book, I purchased in on Kindle with the accompanying audiobook. The audiobook was very professional with the narrator being very vibrant. It added to the reading experience. The narrator was Neil Hunt. I am now a grandfather. I hope to try to read this story, with the audiobook with my grandson as a family experience that can be remembered. Thank You...
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of dozens of books, short stories, and poems, is most well known for Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. The versatility he displayed in his writing genres was amazing. Robert was born in 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Thomas and Margaret Stevenson. As a child he was very ill and spent much of his time reading.
Robert attempted to follow his father’s profession, and at age 17, attended school to become an engineer. He soon learned that he neither had the mathematical skills nor the desire for this and that he simply wanted to write. At his parents’ request he continued his education and earned a law degree and by age 25, passed the bar examinations. His health declined after this, however, and he began traveling in hope of finding a more suitable climate, writing articles as he traveled. On one of his voyages he met his future wife, Fanny Osborne.
His first success as a novelist was Treasure Island, which was originally published as a series in the children’s magazine, Young Folks in 1881-1882. He later went on to write several other novels including Kidnapped (a historical adventure) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which was inspired by a nightmare.
In 1890 Stevenson and his wife and stepson moved to an island in Samoa where he wrote and worked among the natives until his death. At the age of 44 Stevenson suddenly grew ill one night and died, most likely of a brain hemorrhage. He was buried as he had requested on Mt. Vaea above his Samoan Island home.
A tale of high adventure set in the eighteenth century by Robert Louis Stevenson, and his first published novel, Treasure Island is the story of a brave boy who sets off with an assorted cast of characters on a quest for buried treasure. When the story opens, Jim Hawkins lives with his parents who own and run the Admiral Benbow Inn near an unidentified British seashore. The arrival of Billy Bones the pirate changes their lives, first causing Jim’s father’s health to fail and leaving Jim and his mother to run the inn, and eventually sending Jim’s father to an early death. Soon afterwards, the arrival of another pirate to deliver the “black spot” (a death warning) to Billy Bones changes their lives even more. In fear and with a heart weakened from his rough lifestyle, Billy dies almost immediately, leaving a huge debt for his lengthy stay at the Admiral Benbow. Knowing other pirates are soon to come to the inn to claim Billy’s possessions, Mrs. Hawkins refuses to leave until she has taken enough from Billy’s sea chest to square the debt. With pirates on their trail, Mrs. Hawkins and Jim escape from the inn with a map from Billy’s sea chest.
Jim and Mrs. Hawkins get help from Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney who identify the map as genuine. The squire goes to Bristol to find a ship and crew and put together a voyage for Treasure Island. His lack of discretion, however, regarding the quest for hidden treasure attracts a crew of pirates, though at the onset of the voyage, their true identity is unknown to the squire, Dr. Livesey, or Jim.
During the voyage Jim overhears a conversation which reveals the crew’s true identity and, by the time they reach the island, the pirates have mutinied. Their leader turns out to be Long John Silver himself, the one-legged man Billy Bones most feared.
A castaway named Ben Gunn is found on the island and befriended by Jim. With Ben’s aid through his knowledge of the island, Jim and his friends find the treasure and defeat the dreaded pirates.
Many folks don’t know that this book was originally serialized in a children’s magazine, which explains the focus on the brave exploits of young Jim Hawkins. Despite the original intentions of the author, “Treasure Island” is an entertaining tale for all ages. Five stars.
NOTE: Whatever issue other readers may have had in the past must have been fixed. I had no problems with the download, and this Kindle version was not abridged.
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