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Treasure Island (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Robert Louis Stevenson , Peter Hunt
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13 Jan 2011 Oxford World's Classics
'there were only seven out of the twenty-six on whom we knew we could rely; and out of those seven one was a boy ...'

When a mysterious seafarer puts up at the Admiral Benbow, young Jim Hawkins is haunted by his frightening tales; the sailor's sudden death is the beginning of one of the most exciting adventure stories in literature. The discovery of a treasure map sets Jim and his companions in search of buried gold, and they are soon on board the Hispaniola with a crew of buccaneers recruited by the one-legged sea cook known as Long John Silver. As they near their destination, and the lure of Captain Flint's treasure grows ever stronger, Jim's courage and wits are tested to the full.

Stevenson reinvented the genre with Treasure Island, a boys' story that appeals as much to adults as to children, and whose moral ambiguities turned the Victorian universe on its head. This edition celebrates the ultimate book of pirates and high adventure, and also examines how its tale of greed, murder, treachery, and evil has acquired its classic status.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition (13 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199560358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199560356
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession, but was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted strongly against the Presbyterian respectability of the city's professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents. In his early twenties he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life; it was at this time that he determined to become a professional writer. The effects of the often harsh Scottish climate on his poor health forced him to spend long periods abroad. After a great deal of travelling he eventually settled in Samoa, where he died on 3 December 1894.

Stevenson's Calvinistic upbringing gave him a preoccupation with pre-destination and a fascination with the presence of evil. In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he explores the darker side of the human psyche, and the character of the Master in The Master of Ballantrae (1889) was intended to be 'all I know of the Devil'. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893). As Walter Allen comments in The English Novel, 'His rediscovery of the art of narrative, of conscious and cunning calculation in telling a story so that the maximum effect of clarity and suspense is achieved, meant the birth of the novel of action as we know it.' But these works also reveal his knowledge and feeling for the Scottish cultural past. During the last years of his life Stevenson's creative range developed considerably, and The Beach of Falesá brought to fiction the kind of scene now associated with Conrad and Maugham. At the time of his death Robert Louis Stevenson was working on his unfinished masterpiece, Weir of Hermiston. He also wrote works of non-fiction, notably his descriptive and historical books on the South Seas area, A Footnote to History (1892) and In the South Seas (1896), as well as his celebrated defence of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who devoted his life to caring for lepers, in Father Damien; an open letter to the Reverend Hyde of Honolulu (1890).

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Classic Comics return in this uninspired adaptation of Stevenson's rollicking pirate tale. The storyline is faithful-perhaps too faithful-to the original text; presented mostly in dull boxes of first-person narration, it plods glacially for a full third of the work, until young Jim Hawkins finally boards the Hispaniola. His subsequent terrifying adventure certainly speeds up the pace, but the black-and-white artwork, while realistic and finely detailed, remains frustratingly static; moody and atmospheric, it seems better suited to Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The shipboard details and contemporary accoutrements appear accurate and painstakingly researched, but the characters are sketchy and hard to distinguish behind the inky noir shadows and strained perspectives. Occasional images of startling beauty and subtle power testify to Hamilton's talent; it's a pity he didn't trust them to carry the story. (Graphic novel. 8+) (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Relive one of the greatest adventure stories of all time in this stunning, unabridged edition featuring bold, dynamic woodcuts by John Lawrence. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skilled Fantasy Adventure about Human Greed 26 May 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Treasure Island is one of a small number of books that are both for children and adults. The appeal of the book for children relates to the story line: pirates, buried treasure, sea voyages to faraway places, and a boy hero. The appeal of the book for adults is in seeing a wonderful example of how events operate at many different levels. Long John Silver quickly becomes the focus for adults. What is his true nature? What will he do next? Clearly, Silver is one of the most interesting and memorable of all fictional characters.
A problem that children will have with this book is that the language is somewhat foreign to them. Some adults and children will find that the book starts slowly compared to newer novels (which often have the equivalent of a chase sequence in the first 5 pages).
My advice is to stick with the story for the first 6 chapters, and see how you are doing. By that time, the story will either have cast its spell on you, or you will be able to tell that this book is not for you.
A final reason for reading Treasure Island is because the book has been read by so many people. You will find references to the story in other literature and in conversation with others. You will also run into establishments called The Admiral Benbow Inn. It would be a shame not ot know its heritage. Also, finding someone else who likes Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver for the same reasons you do is a great shortcut to becoming better acquainted.
Personally, I found the story irresistible. I would have written a very similar book if I had the skill to do so. The plot is nicely balanced, and the characters provide an unusual perspective for what could easily have been a real potboiler with little to recommend it. The book has great charm, given its focus on pirates, which makes it compelling for me. I have now read the book 3 times, and enjoyed it more each time.
Have a great read!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 4 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you want a story that really doesn't stop from start to finish then this is it. I hadn't read it since I was a you boy although I've seen it often enough with Robert Newton as Silver. It was a revelation. The story is crisp and gallops along; scarcely a line is wasted and the descriptions are vivid. The attack by Hands must surely trouble youngsters but hey, isn't that what books like this should do? Good triumphs over evil, but even evil can be softened and allowed a break. Highly recommended.
THe Kindle edition is faultless.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish edition of a classic tale 7 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I won a copy of Treasure Island while at primary school so I've always felt an affinity with this book.

In this edition, the artwork is absolutely outstanding so you're getting two for the price of one here - brilliant illustrations and a classic tale.

Treasure Island is a children's story that has stood the test of time, and deservedly so. This fine hardback edition is the best version of the book that I've ever come across.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 28 Dec 2006
By Elsbeth
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a present for my 8 year old and he hasn't put it down. It is a superb large hardback with lovely illustrations and a good size of print. Would make a wonderful present for any child between the ages of 7-12 years.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lifelong friend 4 Feb 2009
My first ever copy of 'Treasure Island' was a prize won for being 'most improved pupil' of my year - 45 years ago. Since then, this classic adventure has been a life long friend in one form or another. In it's last reincarnation on my bookcase it was bound in dark blue with golden title but was looking decidely the worse for wear. So I bought this volume as a Christmas present to myself and I was not disappointed. The beautiful and evocative illustrations added substantially to my enjoyment of a joyfully familiar tale.
Heartily recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless masterpiece 3 Feb 2001
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This book is the axis around ehich all other pirate stories must rotate. A tale of high adventure, vicious skullduggery and exuberant swashbuckling on the high seas. It has so embedded itself into the English language and popular imagination that no-one can read it, even for the first time, without a fond wave of nostalgia passing over them. 'Shiver me timbers!' 'Pieces of eight!' 'Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!' What more needs to be said? Entertainment of the highest order.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest pirate stories of all time 22 Jun 2005
Treasure Island is arguably one of the greatest works of storytelling in the English language. Stevenson created other novels, with greater depth and insight, but the highlight of Treasure Island is the combination of color and poetic prose that distinguishes his tale of piracy and boyhood adventure from the rest of the field of other adventure books. The title alone paints an image of suspense, and salty pirates battling over great riches. Most people tend to view Treasure Island as a story for children, but it can be enjoyed by anyone longing for a rollicking adventure. Like so many stories from the 1800s, each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and once you get used to the language the author's humor shines through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 July 2009
I'm re-reading 'Treasure island' for the first time since I was 9 years old. Now I'm 30, and this edition is right up there in my list of favourite books. This edition is a very exciting book to pick up and read, with great art work which captures the narrative like no other. Originally I bought this for my friend's 7th birthday, but it seemed a bit challenging as the text can be quite archaic, so it made its way back to my shelf. The 7 year old can have a go with Asterix for a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale!
A classic pirate tale that every boy should read. Jim Hawkins the young hero against all odds. Fun and excitement.
Published 11 days ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my 5 year old enthralled!
My little boy loves stories at bedtime and in the car. I thought this might be too grown-up for him, but he was completely gripped by the adventure. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Evie's mamma
4.0 out of 5 stars swashbuckling
..another book that takes me back to the classroom. Very pleased I chose this one to have in my "E" collection.
Published 26 days ago by merry-terry
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Classic
Impossible not to like. I remember as a child that LJS was the first character I'd come across in a book that was neither wholly good nor wholly bad...a real enigma. Fascinating.
Published 1 month ago by Tony C
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books.
Great book, excellent story telling. This book is very hard to put down and this is the second time I have read it.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Island
I really enjoyed reading Treasure Island. It was very exciting and quite interesting. I loved the ending where Silver escapes and is never seen again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by echecs
5.0 out of 5 stars Never lets you down.
A book I first read as a class reading book in the juniors. I loved it then as I love it now in my 60s.
Published 2 months ago by A. Buyer.
4.0 out of 5 stars a blast from my past
It was great to be able to pick this up for the Kindle. I read it when I was younger, but never finished it and whilst this is a young adult book, I had to finish the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SBno1
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I have always loved this book and it was perfect for my grandson, one of the great classics was impressed by it
Published 2 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I liked everything because it was fantastic and adventurous I reccormened that people read this book because it is just fantastic
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