Treasure Island

Treasure Island

eBook - 2017
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One of the most enduringly popular adventure tales, Treasure Island began in 1881 as a serialized adventure entitled "The Sea-Cook" in the periodical Young Folks. Completed during a stay at Davos, Switzerland, where Stevenson had gone for his health, it was published in 1883 in the form we know today. Set in the eighteenth century, Treasure Island spins a heady tale of piracy, a mysterious treasure map, and a host of sinister characters charged with diabolical intentions. Seen through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy of the Hispaniola, the action-packed adventure tells of a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle. Rich in atmosphere and character, Treasure Island continues to mesmerize readers with its perceptive views of the changing nature of human motives.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Dover Publications,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780486820774
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 pages)


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Jul 22, 2019

An all-time classic. Recommended reading for all ages. Let your imagination run wild. A terrific story with memorable characters.

May 22, 2019

Originally published back in 1883 - "Treasure Island" is an adventure novel written by Scottish-born author, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

In this volume Stevenson narrates a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold." This book's influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an “X,” schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.

"Treasure Island" was originally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. This edition of "Treasure Island" is pleasantly illustrated by Newell Convers Wyeth.

Mar 27, 2018

The climax of the story wasn't very clear, actually. I think it could hv been elaborated, but other than that the book had a lot of original ideas , and great character development!

Mar 19, 2018

"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson is as close to a perfect novel as I can imagine. I read it way back when as a kid and loved it. And, yup, I, again, loved it.

Nov 28, 2017

I liked the theme of Treasure Island, with knowledge of pirate slang and packed with intense adventures. I also liked the backstory of some characters they meet along the way on random islands.

Oct 09, 2017

Treasure Island is a good story, but is terribly hard to read.

Jul 23, 2017

This is one swashbuckling great adventure story, complete with a one legged pirate, buried treasure and a bottle of rum. I have re-read this many times and have just as much fun with it each time. It is very readable and fairly short. The language is wonderful and worth reading for the dialogue alone.

Mar 15, 2016

When a decrepit, eccentric sea captain and his sea chest arrive to stay at an inn run by Jim Hawkins' mother, the young lad finds himself thrust into an old conflict among sailors. The captain is visited numerous times by threatening characters from his seagoing days, eventually culminating in his death and in Jim's and his mother's escape from the inn to safety with the sea chest. In a nearby town Jim presents the squire with a treasure map from the chest, and the squire, with romantic ideas of gentlemanly adventure, immediately procures and ship and a seasoned crew. Before he knows it, Jim is assigned to be the cabin boy on what would ultimately be perhaps one of the most famous adventure voyages in literature.
I hadn't read Treasure Island in my youth, and ended up picking it up on a whim one day at the age of 40. I'm a huge fan of adventure tales, and Treasure Island didn't disappoint, although my 21st-century sensibilities were amazed at the amount of violence and murder accompanying a children's book. Youth, and society in general, were undoubtedly more inured to violence in a way that we are sheltered from for the most part today. The bloodshed didn't necessarily decrease my enjoyment of the book, and in fact probably increased it by way of its relative rebelliousness. Still, I couldn't picture my elementary-school-aged child reading it without offering additional guidance and discussion.

Nov 23, 2015

In fairness to this review, I last read Treasure Island in the fifth grade. So this review is tempered by more than two decades of nostalgia. But i remember truly enjoying the book, and I remember not being troubled or bogged down by the language- which was not always the case with classics (time has not been kind to Dickens in my opinion). The book was considered the advanced novel for my fifth grade class, so that may be relevant. But the book remains, along with "Call it Courage" one of my favorite books from my elementary reading lists.

Nov 23, 2015

This edition of this classic adventure story would have helped readers by offering a glossary of archaic English words (such as "glim", "tarry gaskin", "blunt", or "moidore") rather than a 'creative' foreword, and 'autobiographical' sketch. In Chapter VI we are told about "... a mere entry of latitude and longitude, as 62.2888 degrees, 19.0444 degrees ..." Typing these coordinates into Google Earth identifies a location in the North Atlantic Ocean about 115km south of Iceland - pretty chilly for buccaneers! Switching the numbers lands 150km northeast of the island of St. Martin, in the Leeward Islands, of the Caribbean Sea - a more likely location for hidden treasure. If you enjoyed this tale download "The Cruise of the Esmeralda" by Harry Collingwood (1851-1922) and "Under Drake's Flag" by George A. Henty (1832-1902) from the Internet Archive.

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Jul 25, 2014

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!

Jun 19, 2012

"Yo, ho, yo, ho, a pirate's life for me!"
"And a bottle of rum!"


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Jul 07, 2014

This book is about a boy named Jim Hawkins finding treasure on an island, with help from a doctor and squire...


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