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Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson, John Seeyle
Treasure Island
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"One more step, Mr. Hands, and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know." Originally conceived as a story for boys, Stevenson's novel is narrated by the teenage Jim Hawkins, who outwits a gang of murderous pirates led by that unforgettable avatar of immorality, Long John Silver.... show more
"One more step, Mr. Hands, and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know."

Originally conceived as a story for boys, Stevenson's novel is narrated by the teenage Jim Hawkins, who outwits a gang of murderous pirates led by that unforgettable avatar of immorality, Long John Silver. Admired by Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and (reluctantly) Henry James, the story has the dreamlike quality of a fairy tale. It has worked its way into the collective imagination of more than five generations of readers, young and old alike, gaining the power of myth.

Although thoroughly British in its setting and characters, Treasure Island, as John Seelye shows, has an American dimension, drawing on the author's experiences living in California, and owes no small debt to Washington Irving's ghost stories and James Fenimore Cooper's tales of adventures. This edition also includes Stevenson's own essay about the composition of Treasure Island, written just before his death.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140437683 (0140437681)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 220
Edition language: English
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5.0 Treasure Island
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.
Beyond Strange New Words
Beyond Strange New Words rated it
3.0 Treasure Island
This was a refresher reread for me due to the TV show Black Sails, which was created as sort-of a prequel for Treasure Island and you should totally watch if you haven’t already.I first read Treasure Island in 5th or 6th grade (I remember taking it from the 5/6th grade literature section in our scho...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
5.0 Come on, Pirates!
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, ...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
3.0 Birth of the Boy Book
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...
Book Blog (S. Thomas Kaza)
Book Blog (S. Thomas Kaza) rated it
0.0 Treasure Island by 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 L...
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