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Treasure Island (Kingfisher Classics) Hardcover – 15 Sep 2001
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RLS is a master storyteller and his lean, muscular prose takes you on an irresistible journey; one that has, deservedly, become the pre-eminent exemplar of derring-do.
If you crave adventure, romance and excitement then - young or old - this timeless classic is the tale for you.
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By Robert Louis Stevenson.
I am a twelve year old reviewer that is in the 6th grade. I enjoy fantasy adventure books the most. I have quite a good memory for the details in books that I enjoy. If books are not of interest to me I have trouble getting through them and then I forget about what's happening. I can never forget about a good book. I always go back to check out a good book over and over again until someone will buy it for me. I like building my own library because then I will always have the book I want there to read. I stay up late at night reading and if I'm lucky I might stay up the whole night reading. I am someone that does not enjoy looking up words in the dictionary so I just read on and try to figure it out. Treasure Island was not a book I stayed up all night reading, but I still enjoyed reading it. It hand the adventure I wanted, it hand mystery, and it hand a lot of sword fighting.
A strange pirate named Captain Flint walks into the Admiral Ben Bow Inn where Jim Hawkins and his mother own, live and work. Little does Jim know that this man will change his life forever. Captain Flint has a treasure map that another pirate named Long John Silver wants more then anything in the world. This map will lead the Long John to the treasure. When Flint died Jim found the treasure map. Soon after he finds the map pirates attack his house and Jim must flee. When Jim goes looking for the treasure he has to work for a mysterious cook named Long John Silver. When they set upon there journey to the island in search of the treasure Jim gets put to the most challenging tasks. When they see the island Jim gets betrayed by Long John Silver and his cronies who want the treasure more than anything. When Jim gets on shore he must fight pirates for the treasure. As Jim is running through the jungle he finds a man named Ben who was marooned on the island. Ben knows his way around and he may help lead him to the treasure. Jim might lose his life looking for the treasure.
I thought that the author had a very interesting way of writing. He would go all out on the exciting parts. I think he made the most important parts of the story sound dreadfully dull. This was a book that I would not stay up all night reading. At some parts I felt like just closing the book and throwing it away. Then he would pick it up again and make it exciting and it made me want to continue. One thing I liked was how I could relate with the character, Jim, at certain points in the book. Something I thought was good was how the author made you use your imagination for the island and how you could picture Ben, the man, and how he lived on the island all alone. The author expressed Jim emotions very well. I could tell when he was scared, sad and mad. I would recommend this book.
Well, Flint died, but there's plenty of men who served with Capitan Flint still alive who feel they deserve a fair share of the treasure. The map, though, ends up with Jim Hawkins - (it's a near thing, read the book to find out how that happens). Jim confides in the local doctor and squire, who work together to acquire a ship, a crew, and provisions to sail for Treasure Island. There is a weak link though, because although Squire Trelawney is well-intentioned, he has a big mouth. By the time the Hispaniola is ready for sea, she is boarded by the old murderous mob who sailed with Flint!
There's a scene in the book where Jim, hiding in a barrel on deck, discovers that mutiny is planned. The numbers suggest that the pirates are going to take over the ship and make this journey their own, taking all the treasure for themselves. There are nineteen mutineers and seven honest men, including Jim, aboard the ship.
And now....You will have to read the book for yourself to see what happens next. This is a fantastic story of double-crossing and deceit, bravery and cowardice. I don't know how things would have turned out if Jim hadn't been involved. For it is he who finds Ben Gunn, marooned on the island, half-mad with isolation. And it is Jim who single-handedly steals the Hispaniola from under the very noses of the pirates and sails her round the island to a secret beaching place.
And do you know what happens to Long John Silver, the greatest double-crosser of them all? No? Well, don't expect me to tell you, you will have to read this amazing pirate tale for yourself.
It may be my own deficiency that I wasn't able to enjoy the action in this adventure story, but it seemed to drag on and on, and many times I had to force myself to re-read paragraphs to understand the development of a situation. When it comes to the characters in the book, however, I am transported to a movie set in my mind. I appreciate the impact this book has had on swashbuckling tales and our perception of pirate culture. For that we are indebted to Stevenson's imagination. I'd just rather see the film.
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