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Treasure Island (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 6 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141321008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141321004
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."

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The original and ultimate pirate adventure classic. Join young Jim Hawkins on the high seas in his terrifying attempt to outwit a fearsome band of pirates

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Such is the enduring appeal of Treasure island, that there seems to be few people who have not heard of either the story or some of the principal characters, Long John Silver being the best known. Although forming part of the BBC's range of children's audio dramatisations, this BBC radio full cast dramatisation, does not attempt to dilute the somtimes harsh nature of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. This may make it unsuitable for younger children, but it has, in my experience, wide family and age appeal, as i bought this on cassette, long before it became available on CD. All the classic scenes and characters are well presented here - Jim Hawkins and the Admiral Benbow inn. The visit of Billy Bones with his sea chest containing the map of treasure island. The visit of the sinister, Blind Pugh, The assault on the inn by the buccaneer's. The voyage is planned. Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesy, Captain Smollett and Long John Silver with his parrot, Captain Flint. The voyage. Jim Hawkin's overhears the mutiny plot whilst hiding in the apple barrel. Treasure island. The fight for the stockade. The treasure and Ben Gunn, the strange man of the island. This 1995 production has all the hallmarks of the best BBC radio dramatisations, with fine voice casting and sound effects. Some of the voice hilights include - Buster Merryfield (from tv's, Only fools and horses) is excellent in the role of Billy Bones. Ben Gunn's character is played with wonderful eccentricity. Long John Silver's character is played with a superb blend of murderous menace and friendly charm. In the island scenes, the atmosphere of the island and the tension between the rivals is well portrayed. The whole production has atmosphere and is a good example of how the sound world of an audio dramatisation can bring a classic story to life.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Sadly Hollywood has probably duped you with their lame film versions. Even Robert Newton with his laughable caricature. Make no mistake, this book holds immense appeal for children and adults.... especially adults. Jim Hawkins tells how his life gradually becomes entangled with a dark underworld bent on a search for Flint's treasure. Having thwarted the gentleman of Fortune and taken the map from under their noses, the expedition of Captain Smollett, Squire Trelawny, Doctor Livesy and Jim Hawkins naively take the pirates on as crew, with Silver as their leader. Their murderous plotting is only accidentally revealed to the honest men at the crucial moment, just before the lookout sights the island.
The simple narrative style of Jim and the slightly childish romance can easily deceive you into ignoring a book full of violent adventure. No modern childrens author would relish such simple evil: "Silver, agile as a monkey, even without leg or crutch, was on top of him next moment, and had twice buried his knife up to the hilt in that defenceless body. from my place of ambush, I could hear him pant aloud as he struck the blows."
Anyone in any doubt about the character of Long John Silver would do well to read Bjorn Larsen's superb 'Long John Silver - The true and eventful History of my Life of Liberty and Adventure as a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind.
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