- 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)
Treasure Island (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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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!
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.Read more ›
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Fantastic fun - great adaptation, although the authors way of laying out the text so you will see exactly how she wants it all stressed and pronounced is really irritating...Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. Poole
No stars for this rating deserved. The book had numerous spelling mistakes in it not to mention that certain words were that bad they were unreadable. Complete waste of money.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
wonderful children's book, a classic and a must for all children.Published 3 months ago by Michael Nutting
Sound quality not the best, had to turn it up to full volume almost in car to get a better and clearer sound. Seemed like actors were eating their words and mumbling at times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anna