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review 2017-05-05 22:44
Treasure Island
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

A classic, one of the best that has stood the test of time. Definitely entertaining. It's a fun, fast-paced adventure that is well worth reading with your children.

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review 2017-04-09 00:59
Come on, Pirates!
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Ha! Double Ha!

 

I Looooved how everyone turned on everyone at a drop of a hat on the "Pirates of the Caribean" movies. Now I know where they got it from. Bases, teams and situations changed constantly in this one. It's great fun.

 

One gets so used to classics staying in print for serious reasons, it's a damned fine good feeling when the reason it's that it's a fucking fine fun story.

 

An a toast to Silver's chronic back-stabbing disorder. He was my favorite and a very intentional dark horse I reckon.

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text 2017-03-27 01:55
Five on a Treasure Island
Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton

This was my first ever novel - I had the version that had a few pictures throughout it.
It was given to me on my fifth birthday by my granma and I loved it - it got me started on all of the old style mystery books (Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and a few Hardy Boys books) and the rest of the Enid Blyton books.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-14 08:54
Birth of the Boy Book
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson,Patrick Scott

Despite this book being the progenitor of pretty much all of the pirate books of the 20th Century, as well as being an influence of many of the adventure and 'boys' books that came afterwards, I found this book rather dull. Maybe it has a lot to do with my lack of enthusiasm for 19th Century English novels (which does not include [author:Jules Verne], since he is French). In fact, I can't really think of any 19th Century English novels that I would actually jump up and say 'this is brilliant'. Personally, I really don't know what it is that makes me find much of the literature of the 19th Century boring, but generally I do (though I probably should make a note of the fact that Stevenson is actually a Scot).

 

Anyway, this is a story of a boy, Jim Hawkins, who stumbles across a treasure map and then goes and shows it to a mutual acquaintance, Dr Liversey. Together they hire a crew and go and look for the treasure on Treasure Island. However, while they are hiring a crew, they bring on board a cook, Long John Silver, who then goes and hires the rest of the crew. As it turns out, Long John was the cook on the ship of Captain Flint, the pirate who buried the treasure originally, and the crew he hires were all pirates on that same vessel. So, when they arrive at Treasure Island, Long John and his men take over the ship, and those still loyal to Hawkins and Liversey, manage to escape. However, to cut a long story short (not that Treasure Island is really all that long), they outsmart the pirates, get the treasure, and all return to England happy men.

 

Now, this was Stevenson's first novel, he wrote travel narratives before that, but this book was his first foray into the realm of the imagination. Further, his adventure into this realm pretty much changed the scene of the novel ever since, and many of the 'boys books' of the 20th Century can all look back to Stevenson for inspiration. It is not that Stevenson wrote the first adventure novel. Such stories have been floating around for eons. What Stevenson did is that he constructed it so that that appealed to the modern reader. Not only is it supposed to be exciting (I didn't find it all that exciting) but it was also short and easy to read. It is aimed at a young audience, though many adults have read and come to appreciate it (me not being among them).

 

Now, the best character in the book by far is Long John Silver. I always expected him to be a pirate captain, but he is much more sneakier than that. The fact that he escapes at the end of the book goes a long way to show this character's shrewdness. However, he also has a sense of morality (one which almost gets him killed). When he had captured Hawkins, the other pirates wanted to kill him, but Silver intervenes (and in the process almost gets himself killed). Silver, while being the man with the plan, demonstrates that it is not easy to take charge of a gang of pirates. He planned on taking over the ship, but the pirates ended up jumping the gun, as they do most of the way through the book, which in the end sows the seeds of their failure.

 

However, the character that I found the most out of place would have been Jim Hawkins. He is a seven year old boy who is looking after his sick mother after his father dies, and he simply runs off on an adventure to find a lost treasure. Granted, one could argue that he went off after the treasure to support his mother, but considering the time it takes to travel, and the fact that the adventure would take at least a year, if he is lucky, then it really makes no sense. However, this is a 'boys' book which means that the character is one way to appeal to boys.

 

The other interesting thing is to notice all of the pirate jargon and paraphernalia in this book. Phrases such as 'pieces of eight' and 'shiver me timbers' as well as the Jolly Roger, all find their birthplace in this book. While I may consider the book, and the story, somewhat dull, one cannot help but admire the influence that Stevenson's writing has had upon the literary world.

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review 2016-12-19 01:10
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island is to pirate stories what Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. R.L.Stevenson created the pirate character as we know it in literature and pop culture today in a very similar way to how J.R. Tolkien defined elves, dwarves, and halflings. Then Stevenson took it a step further by creating Long John Silver, one of the most fascinating characters to come out of 19th century literature. Long John is a lying, cheating, conniving, murderous, and greedy pirate, the same as all the other pirates in the story. But he is also clever, diplomatic, and capable of working both sides of the fence when it serves his purposes. This puts him in a class of his own. He is not a super pirate. He is a super villain for his day. I have always thought that Treasure Island should be called "The Tale of Long John Silver" in the same way that my father always used to say the 70's t.v. show, Lost in Space, should be called "The Doctor Smith Show". Long John Silver is really the central figure of the story. He sets the tempo, and more than any other character, he makes Treasure Island a great story. One thing I wondered this time as I read Treasure Island was- is this the first YA story? For although LJS makes the story in my mind, the story is really about Jim Hawkins, a boy, who narrates most of the story. By Jim's cleverness, gutsiness, and sheer luck he manages to outsmart pirates and save the day. Jim is the hero, and I am curious to know if there were many young heros in literature before Treasure Island. In summary I consider Treasure Island as by Robert Louis Stevenson as one of my personal classics. I have read this story several times, and each time it is as fresh as the last time. I cannot help feeling the excitement of actually setting out on an adventure. For this reason I give it 5 stars.
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