Treasure Island

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Originally designed 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 amorality, Long John Silver. But Treasure Island has also had great appeal for adult readers and was admired by Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and (reluctantly) Henry James. The story has the dreamlike quality of a fairy tale and has worked its way into the collective imagination of more than five generations...
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Originally designed 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 amorality, Long John Silver. But Treasure Island has also had great appeal for adult readers and was admired by Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and (reluctantly) Henry James. The story has the dreamlike quality of a fairy tale and has worked its way into the collective imagination of more than five generations of readers, gaining the power of myth.

American Library Association Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook, 2008

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
When an old sea captain appears at the inn that Jim Hawkins' family owns, a series of events begins that sends Jim into one of the most classic adventures in children's literature. Jim holds the keys to the treasure of the late Captain Flint, which attracts the attention of many pirates, including a certain Long John Silver. From taverns in England to exotic islands, Jim, the pirates, and some helpers from home all travel to find this elusive treasure. Young Jim finds that it is hard to look for a treasure when people want you dead—and you never know who to trust! While the new reader may find some of the story cliche, one must remember that this is the pirate story upon which all modern pirate stories are modeled. The original pirate story for children still reigns supreme, now with a wonderful forward by Eoin Colfer. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Meet the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850 and became an acclaimed novelist, essayist and Poet. His special literary talent has given his classic stories of adventure (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and David Balfour, among others) a lasting place in the annals of English literature. He died in 1894.

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Treasure Island


By Robert Louis Stevenson

NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company

Copyright © 1998 Robert Louis Stevenson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0613799976

Chapter One

Chapter I

The Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow"


Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17-, and go back to the time when my father kept the "Admiral Benbow" inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof.

I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow; a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man; his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulders of his soiled blue coat; his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails; and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white. I remember him looking round the cove and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards:-

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars. Then herapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum. This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste, and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard.

"This is a handy cove," says he, at length; "and a pleasant sittyated grog-shop. Much company, mate?"

My father told him no, very little company, the more was the pity.

"Well, then," said he, "this is the berth for me. Here you, matey," he cried to the man who trundled the barrow; "bring up alongside and help up my chest. I'll stay here a bit," he continued. "I'm a plain man; rum and bacon and eggs is what I want, and that head up there for to watch ships off. What you mought call me? You mought call me captain. Oh, I see what you're at-there;" and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. "You can tell me when I've worked through that," says he, looking as fierce as a commander.

And, indeed, bad as his clothes were, and coarsely as he spoke, he had none of the appearance of a man who sailed before the mast; but seemed like a mate or skipper, accustomed to be obeyed or to strike. The man who came with the barrow told us the mail had set him down the morning before at the "Royal George;" that he had inquired what inns there were along the coast, and hearing ours well spoken of, I suppose, and described as lonely, had chosen it from the others for his place of residence. And that was all we could learn of our guest.

He was a very silent man by custom. All day he hung round the cove, or upon the cliffs, with a brass telescope; all evening he sat in a corner of the parlour next the fire, and drank rum and water very strong. Mostly he would not speak when spoken to; only look up sudden and fierce, and blow through his nose like a fog-horn; and we and the people who came about our house soon learned to let him be. Every day, when he came back from his stroll, he would ask if any seafaring men had gone by along the road? At first we thought it was the want of company of his own kind that made him ask this question; but at last we began to see he was desirous to avoid them. When a seaman put up at the "Admiral Benbow" (as now and then some did, making by the coast road for Bristol), he would look in at him through the curtained door before he entered the parlour; and he was always sure to be as silent as a mouse when any such was present. For me, at least, there was no secret about the matter; for I was, in a way, a sharer in his alarms. He had taken me aside one day, and promised me a silver fourpenny on the first of every month if I would only keep my "weather-eye open for a seafaring man with one leg," and let him know the moment he appeared. Often enough, when the first of the month came round, and I applied to him for my wage, he would only blow through his nose at me, and stare me down; but before the week was out he was sure to think better of it, bring me my fourpenny piece, and repeat his orders to look out for "the seafaring man with one leg."

How that personage haunted my dreams, I need scarcely tell you. On stormy nights, when the wind shook the four corners of the house, and the surf roared along the cove and up the cliffs, I would see him in a thousand forms, and with a thousand diabolical expressions. Now the leg would be cut off at the knee, now at the hip; now he was a monstrous kind of a creature who had never had but the one leg, and that in the middle of his body. To see him leap and run and pursue me over hedge and ditch was the worst of nightmares. And altogether I paid pretty dear for my monthly fourpenny piece, in the shape of these abominable fancies.

But though I was so terrified by the idea of the seafaring man with one leg, I was far less afraid of the captain himself than anybody else who knew him. There were nights when he took a deal more rum and water than his head would carry; and then he would sometimes sit and sing his wicked, old, wild sea-songs, minding nobody; but sometimes he would call for glasses round, and force all the trembling company to listen to his stories or bear a chorus to his singing. Often I have heard the house shaking with "Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum;" all the neighbours joining in for dear life, with the fear of death upon them, and each singing louder than the other, to avoid remark. For in these fits he was the most over-riding companion ever known; he would slap his hand on the table for silence all round; he would fly up in a passion of anger at a question, or sometimes because none was put, and so he judged the company was not following his story. Nor would he allow any one to leave the inn till he had drunk himself sleepy and reeled off to bed.

His stories were what frightened people worst of all. Dreadful stories they were; about hanging, and walking the plank, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main. By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea; and the language in which he told these stories shocked our plain country people almost as much as the crimes that he described. My father was always saying the inn would be ruined, for people would soon cease coming there to be tyrannised over and put down, and sent shivering to their beds; but I really believe his presence did us good. People were frightened at the time, but on looking back they rather liked it; it was a fine excitement in a quiet country life; and there was even a party of the younger men who pretended to admire him, calling him a "true sea-dog," and a "real old salt," and such like names, and saying there was the sort of man that made England terrible at sea.

In one way, indeed, he bade fair to ruin us; for he kept on staying week after week, and at last month after month, so that all the money had been long exhausted, and still my father never plucked up the heart to insist on having more. If ever he mentioned it, the captain blew through his nose so loudly, that you might say he roared, and stared my poor father out of the room. I have seen him wringing his hands after such a rebuff, and I am sure the annoyance and the terror he lived in must have greatly hastened his early and unhappy death.

All the time he lived with us the captain made no change whatever in his dress but to buy some stockings from a hawker. One of the cocks of his hat having fallen down, he let it hang from that day forth, though it was a great annoyance when it blew. I remember the appearance of his coat, which he patched himself up-stairs in his room, and which, before the end, was nothing but patches. He never wrote or received a letter, and he never spoke with any but the neighbours, and with these, for the most part, only when drunk on rum. The great sea-chest none of us had ever seen open.

He was only once crossed, and that was towards the end, when my poor father was far gone in a decline that took him off. Dr. Livesey came late one afternoon to see the patient, took a bit of dinner from my mother, and went into the parlour to smoke a pipe until his horse should come down from the hamlet, for we had no stabling at the old "Benbow." I followed him in, and I remember observing the contrast the neat, bright doctor, with his powder as white as snow, and his bright, black eyes and pleasant manners, made with the coltish country folk, and above all, with that filthy, heavy, bleared scarecrow of a pirate of ours, sitting far gone in rum, with his arms on the table. Suddenly he-the captain, that is-began to pipe up his eternal song:-

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the devil had done for the rest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

At first I had supposed "the dead man's chest" to be that identical big box of his up-stairs in the front room, and the thought had been mingled in my nightmares with that of the one-legged seafaring man. But by this time we had all long ceased to pay any particular notice to the song; it was new, that night, to nobody but Dr. Livesey, and on him I observed it did not produce an agreeable effect, for he looked up for a moment quite angrily before he went on with his talk to old Taylor, the gardener, on a new cure for the rheumatics. In the meantime, the captain gradually brightened up at his own music, and at last flapped his hand upon the table before him in a way we all knew to mean-silence. The voices stopped at once, all but Dr. Livesey's; he went on as before, speaking clear and kind, and drawing briskly at his pipe between every word or two. The captain glared at him for a while, flapped his hand again, glared still harder, and at last broke out with a villainous, low oath: "Silence, there, between decks!"

"Were you addressing me, sir?" says the doctor; and when the ruffian had told him, with another oath, that this was so, "I have only one thing to say to you, sir," replies the doctor, "that if you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!"

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.

The doctor never so much as moved. He spoke to him, as before, over his shoulder, and in the same tone of voice; rather high, so that all the room might hear, but perfectly calm and steady:-

"If you do not put that knife this instant in your pocket, I promise, upon my honour, you shall hang at the next assizes."

Then followed a battle of looks between them; but the captain soon knuckled under, put up his weapon, and resumed his seat, grumbling like a beaten dog.

"And now, sir," continued the doctor, "since I now know there's such a fellow in my district, you may count I'll have an eye upon you day and night. I'm not a doctor only; I'm a magistrate; and if I catch a breath of complaint against you, if it's only for a piece of incivility like to-night's, I'll take effectual means to have you hunted down and routed out of this. Let that suffice."

Soon after Dr. Livesey's horse came to the door, and he rode away; but the captain held his peace that evening, and for many evenings to come.

chapter II

Black Dog Appears

and Disappears

It was not very long after this that there occurred the first of the mysterious events that rid us at last of the captain, though not, as you will see, of his affairs. It was a bitter cold winter, with long, hard frosts and heavy gales; and it was plain from the first that my poor father was little likely to see the spring. He sank daily, and my mother and I had all the inn upon our hands; and were kept busy enough, without paying much regard to our unpleasant guest.

It was one January morning, very early-a pinching, frosty morning-the cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward. The captain had risen earlier than usual, and set out down the beach, his cutlass swinging under the broad skirts of the old blue coat, his brass telescope under his arm, his hat tilted back upon his head. I remember his breath hanging like smoke in his wake as he strode off, and the last sound I heard of him, as he turned the big rock, was a loud snort of indignation, as though his mind was still running upon Dr. Livesey.

Well, mother was up-stairs with father; and I was laying the breakfast-table against the captain's return, when the parlour door opened, and a man stepped in on whom I had never set my eyes before. He was a pale, tallowy creature, wanting two fingers of the left hand; and, though he wore a cutlass, he did not look much like a fighter. I had always my eye open for seafaring men, with one leg or two, and I remember this one puzzled me. He was not sailorly, and yet he had a smack of the sea about him too.

Continues...


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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Suggestions for Further Reading xxvii
Treasure Island
Part I The Old Buccaneer
I. The Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow" 3
II. Black Dog Appears and Disappears 9
III. The Black Spot 15
IV. The Sea-Chest 20
V. The Last of the Blind Man 25
VI. The Captain's Papers 30
Part II The Sea Cook
VII. I Go to Bristol 37
VIII. At the Sign of the "Spy-glass" 42
IX. Powder and Arms 47
X. The Voyage 52
XI. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel 57
XII. Council of War 62
Part III My Shore Adventure
XIII. How My Shore Adventure Began 69
XIV. The First Blow 74
XV. The Man of the Island 79
Part IV The Stockade
XVI. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned 87
XVII. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat's Last Trip 91
XVIII. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day's Fighting 95
XIX. Narrative Resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade 99
XX. Silver's Embassy 104
XXI. The Attack 109
Part V My Sea Adventure
XXII. How My Sea Adventure Began 117
XXIII. The Ebb-tide Runs 122
XXIV. The Cruise of the Coracle 126
XXV. I Strike the Jolly Roger 131
XXVI. Israel Hands 136
XXVII. "Pieces of Eight" 143
Part VI Captain Silver
XXVIII. In the Enemy's Camp 151
XXIX. The Black Spot Again 158
XXX. On Parole 164
XXXI. The Treasure Hunt--Flint's Pointer 170
XXXII. The Treasure Hunt--The Voice among the Trees 176
XXXIII. The Fall of a Chieftain 181
XXXIV. And Last 186
Appendix A "My First Book" (1894) 191
Appendix B Tales of a Traveller 201
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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    For adventure lovers

    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!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    AN, ALL TIME, CLASSIC

    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.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    It is rather good.....

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    Fascinating Read

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Not An Ordinary Treasure Hunt By Mac Treasure Island By Robert

    Not An Ordinary Treasure Hunt
    By Mac
    Treasure Island
    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Dont buy!!!!!!!!!!

    It is the most boring book i have ever read!

    4 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Dj

    Very awesome I love Robert Lious Stevenston

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Poor choice. I returned it.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    It sucked

    Every page was itsown layer of hell

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    I hate my wife. I want a divorce immediately.

    I hate this product with a passion.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    This Classic Literature novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is reall

    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 &quot;Hispaniola&quot;. I read this
    book back in middle school and got really fascinated. Now that I read it again, I love this classic
    even more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Alphonzo

    Do not under stand this book. Hate this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A good story

    Never fails to get a child interested in reading. My grandson is really enjoy this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Read this

    Do not buy because there is a different book called 25 children books that is $3 and has 25 other stories includeing this title!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Read

    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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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    A classic worthy of your time

    The popular image of a pirate has come to be a peg-legged, grammatically-incorrect, rum-fancying gold-seeker, usually of the selfish and corruptible variety (possibly with a parrot perched on the shoulder). Everyone knows a pirate cannot be trusted, because they are either risking their life for gold, or risking the lives of others for their own safety. This universally accepted pirate lore is largely indebted to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, a classic novel starring the young Jim Hawkins and his quest for treasure on an abandoned island.

    The story begins at Jim's home, the Admiral Benbow Inn, where his father is slowly passing away and a dilapidated old seaman has made himself at home. "The captain," as everyone calls him, steers clear of any obvious seamen, and warns Jim of a one-legged sailor. When Jim's father dies and strange and unwelcome men come knocking at the inn in search of the captain, the boy finds himself in the midst of an epic and dangerous adventure aboard The Hispaniola, a ship sailing toward the legendary island where Captain Flint buried his treasure.

    Treasure Island remains a cherished story to this day for many reasons. For one, Stevenson expertly crafts the protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Jim is a smart and resourceful young man. He has just lost his father, his mother is an ocean away, and the threat of death is around every corner, and yet he does anything but curl up and hide. In fact, his biggest fault is his undying bravery - his tendency to act before really thinking things through, but always in the best interest of his friends. Luckily for Jim and his comrades, such as the intelligent Dr. Livesey and the hardnosed Captain Smollett, his foolhardy actions often work out for the better. As Jim survives close shaves with the treacherous ocean and the backstabbing pirates, readers can see him evolving from a sad and scared young boy into a confident and honorable young man.

    Another gem within Stevenson's tale is the duplicitous Long John Silver, the peg-legged sailor that is a respected sea-cook one second and a mutinous captain the next. Silver is the ultimate pirate, always conniving and talking his way toward both treasure and survival. One never really knows whose side Silver is on, though it can be certain he is always doing what is best for himself. Stevenson gives Silver the ability to turn words and manipulate his fellow buccaneers - so well, in fact, that I often found myself wondering just what his intentions were. Was Silver really all that bad? Could he get any worse?

    Treasure Island is filled with mystery, deceit, yo-ho-hos, and bottles of rum - a true pirate's tale complete with plenty of action to keep the pages turning. From Captain Hook to Jack Sparrow to the popular Muppet's Treasure Island, bits of Stevenson's timeless story live on to this day. If you are interested in reading where the world of piracy and treasure-hunting first came to form, X marks the spot on Treasure Island - you're sure to find what you're looking for from the first sentence to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Ivie

    Str.ips down to my b.ra and pant.ies

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    Posted April 18, 2014

    Dan

    Takes off my shirt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Treasure Island

    I think this book is a wonderful and adventrous book that involves piracy and mutiny. It portrays an antagonist and also depicts a protagonist. If you want to read a classic, this is for you. But if you only like modern books, this may seem quite boring and comprises of some difficult language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    KANSAS JAYHAWKS

    Larry Brown"There is no better place to coach, there is no better place to go to school, there is no better place to play, then Kansas.ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK" #jayhawkforlife

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