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Posted September 16, 2009
This is one of my favorite adventure stories, for anybody who enjoys action, adventure, and thrill, they should definitely buy this book. This book was so excellent I had to pass it on to somebody else so they could enjoy it just as well.
I highly recommend it!
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Jim, the protagonist, is just a boy, that works at the Admiral Benbox Inn, but he can see that Billy Bones is a nervous man, always alert and watching for stangers arriving at the inn. And he has the right to be nervous, because he possesses a map drawn by Capitan Flint, the most feared pirate to ever roam the high seas. <BR/>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! <BR/>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. <BR/>And now....this book will have you pining 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. <BR/>And do you know what happens to Long John Silver, the greatest double-crosser of them all? A true classic my dad read to me when I was young.
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Posted July 11, 2009
I felt this was a rather good book that seemed to really start the pirate tales that have gone through to the Pirate of the Caribbean movies. I thought that the intro was also good and did explain where Stevenson got his ideas for the book, and much better than the intro for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I felt gave the ending away too early. I was hoping the book would be a bit more exciting, but there was enough action throughout. I have read better books, but I have also read worse, so that is why I gave this book 4 stars.
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Posted March 29, 2012
The Treasure Island is a fascinating read. It has such original characters that has been reinvented throughout the decades. Anyone who likes sea voyage, pirate stories will love the beginnings of such stories in Stevenson's cleverly portrayed novel.
The characters are fun and interesting, the plot is actionful there is always another secret to solve in the story.
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Posted February 18, 2013
Not An Ordinary Treasure Hunt
By Robert Louis Stevenson
304 pgs. $4.45. (Young Adult; ages 13 and up)
“Reading” is usually something a teenager doesn’t want to hear. But when you read Treasure Island, your mind goes off into to a great land where it is just you and the book. Robert Louis Stevenson created a fiction novel that makes you think. It makes you want to know what is going to happen next. You are more focused on finding the treasure in this book. What starts off a little slow turns into a great adventure on which you will embark with the protagonist named Jim.
Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish author, wrote “Treasure Island” in 1884. Even though this book has some age on it doesn’t mean it is not good. “Treasure Island” is a classic for many reasons. “Treasure Island” is a book that will take you on an adventure that you will never forget. It starts off with a young boy named Jim. Jim and his parents own a Inn near the ocean. Jim helps out at the “Admiral Bow”. Jim met one “customer” one day that would change his life forever. They called him Captain. Captain was an odd man that created the story.
The Captain’s personality was spine chilling. They said he was a mean man. He showed it when the book described this, “The old fellow’s fury was awful. He sprang to his feet, drew and opened a sailor’s clasp-knife, and balancing it open on the palm of his hand, threatened to pin the doctor to the wall.”(17). That just got the book started. There was more to come.
Jim, the protagonist, was a very adventurous kid. He had to grow up fast when he learned he had to embark on a journey with a crew of older men. It took them to Treasure Island. The story got a lot more intense as it went on. It even pushed Long John to the edge. He said, “That’s enough, cap’n,” shouted Long John ,“A word from you’s enough. I know a gentleman, and you may lay to that.” (336). Tension gets high when treasure is put on the line. Long, the captain of the crew, wanted to find that treasure.
Jim meets tons of people on his journey. He makes friends and enemies. He learns from mistakes. Jim learns that he can put himself apart from others and still accomplish things. As you read this book, you have to remember Jim is not an adult. He is just a really mature kid. The kid shows in him at times when he is a little too curious. He knows he can do what the other crewmembers can. Jim will prove to the people that he is not a little kid anymore.
Keep reading this wonderful novel to find out what happens next. You will not want to put down the book once you start. This book will keep you guessing. There is something awesome happening in “Treasure Island”. This adventurous book will make you have chills running down your back. This book has you on the edge. This book shows you the build up to adventure, the adventure, and what happens after the adventure. When you start the journey to Treasure Island, you will be in your own world with Jim and his shipmates.
This book would be a 4 out of 5 stars for me. I like it but I really don’t love pirate adventures. This is still a great read and I recommend it to anyone that loves adventure.
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Posted November 1, 2013
The novel is, of course, a classic adventure story. Unfortunately, this edition is poorly done. Among other flaws, it lacks an illustration of the treasure map, which is critical to the story. Instead of traditional quotation marks, it uses some odd invention that is distracting.
I took the book to my local B & N store, where the clerk agreed with my negative assessment of this edition and where I quickly found an excellent version of the book. I bought it and gave it to my grandchildren, as was planned. The story's book was actually less expensive, too, so this all ended happily.
But ditch the edition I ordered online. It is substandard.
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DONT READ THIS BOOK!! It is horrible and it makes no sense. The pirates talking with their pirate lingo and everything doesnt make sense! I had to read it for school and I had to push myself through the book to finally finish it. So if you are smart, and I hope you are, dont read this book, its a waste of time, spend your time doing something else! DONT READ IT!!!
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Posted August 25, 2013
Do not buy because there is a different book called 25 children books that is $3 and has 25 other stories includeing this title!
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This Classic Literature novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is really good book has shown the
adventure and the action. Stevenson created delightful story of an amazing treasure hunt. As
this novel takes place way back into the eighteenth century, the adventure started from a young
boy named Jim Hawkins having a mysterious treasure map from the most feared pirate to ever
roam the seas. On this voyage, the author draws attention with rumors of betrayal among
the crew. Jim discovers that mutiny is planned and is the hero of the pirate tale.
I will recommend to read this book especially the people who like action, the pirate adventure,
and sensation. This has enough action for the reader to keep the interest of what happens to
Long John Silver, the greatest double-crosser of the pirates in the ship "Hispaniola". I read this
book back in middle school and got really fascinated. Now that I read it again, I love this classic
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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson was created to entertain audiences with fanciful tales of pirates, treasure, and adventure, and it delivers. This novel was written in a time where reason and scientific discovery were systematically eliminating the imaginations of the general public, but Stevenson fought back. He tells a tale of a young boy, Jim Hawkins, who stumbles into a web of deceit and must fight for his life in order make it through each day. Hawkins finds an encoded treasure map, a staple of all swashbuckling novels, and proceeds, with companions close by, with a voyage in search of the ¿booty¿ at hand. On this voyage, the author draws the audience in with rumors of betrayal among the crew. The suspense builds until a full-blown mutiny occurs, led by the buccaneer Long John Silver. A few loyal crewmembers survive and escape to the island, living to fight another day. The survival of the ¿good guys¿ from this ordeal creates a promise of recurring conflict as well as espionage during the two-sided treasure hunt. Pirates and sailors clash in a stymied gunfight. The protagonist sneaks past the enemy border line and engages in a pistol duel for control over the ship he was forced to abandon. However, on his way back to rescue his friends, he is taken hostage and held as a bargaining chip for future negotiations. He is tied up, beaten, and nearly killed while under the ¿care¿ of Long John Silver. By some stroke luck, Silver had obtained the treasure map from the loyal crewmen and was in pursuit of his long-awaited treasure, but when the destination was reached, the treasure was already looted. Robert Louis Stevenson uses new plot twists to engage even the most logical of minds. He created an adventure that is not only a fun and chimerical read, but presents quandaries and paradoxes to satiate the palates of those readers who had the imagination of a rock. This was his battle through life. Stevenson was trying to prove that a dose of fantasy and imagination is necessary for life to be enjoyable and fulfilled. Through his novel Treasure Island, this goal is accomplished by exercising the limits of the audience¿s imagination and ensnaring them in a land of mystery, intrigue, betrayal, and heroism that presents new twists around every turn.
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