Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Justin Scott
     
 

The time is the 1950s. The place is New York's Long Island. And our hero, of course, is Jim Hawkins. Yes, after a series of skirmishes at his parents' Admiral Benbow Hotel, Jim does join Trelawney and Dr. Livesey (the sole woman) on the Hispaniola's voyage toward an island where a fortune in Nazi gold is hidden. And they will be joined by the… See more details below

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The time is the 1950s. The place is New York's Long Island. And our hero, of course, is Jim Hawkins. Yes, after a series of skirmishes at his parents' Admiral Benbow Hotel, Jim does join Trelawney and Dr. Livesey (the sole woman) on the Hispaniola's voyage toward an island where a fortune in Nazi gold is hidden. And they will be joined by the cook-turned-ship's-captain, the man who lost a leg on Iwo Jima, the man with a parrot named Captain Flint - an ancient bird who in the midst of crying, "Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight," no doubt remembers the days of piracy and the time when boys suddenly became men.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scott, veteran writer of sea stories and mysteries (Shipkiller, Hardscape), sets this modernized treatment of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic on New York's Long Island in the 1950s. While often verging on the burlesque, the result offers up some amusing twists, particularly in its presentation of the characters. The most interesting update is Dr. Livesey, now a sexy, Gauloise-smoking woman. The Hispaniola has become a war-surplus salvage tug, while a bawdy WWII ditty replaces ``Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum.'' For the most part, the changes are engaging, and Scott deftly maintains Stevenson's superb pacing, rewriting the original virtually line by line. But, though the Americanization of the old English may attract a less scholarly generation of readers, those who have thrilled to the incomparable original will surely grieve for the loss of language. Moreover, while it may be intriguing to imagine a little hanky-panky between Senator (formerly Squire) Trelawney and the foxy Dr. Livesey, it is hard to picture Captain Smollett and Ben Gunn addicted to Fig Newtons. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312113681
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/09/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240

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