Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Book - 2004
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Publisher: Bath, England : Parragon Publishing, c2004
ISBN: 9781405468183
1405468181
Branch Call Number: STE
Characteristics: 320 p

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navy_wolf_412
Oct 09, 2017

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

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becker
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.

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ryner
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.

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rswcove
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.

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Liber_vermis
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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Lonlon741
Aug 02, 2015

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson follows a young boy named Jim Hawkins. He lives at his parents’ inn, but soon fate leads Jim to a logbook, and map and he leaves the inn, drawn by the allure of mystery. He takes the logbook and map to acquaintances, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who fund and lead the journey, taking Jim Hawkins on one of the most exciting yet dangerous adventures in his life. Jim sets sail expecting a silly adventure, but soon is faced with conflict within the crew. In this coming-of-age story, Jim has battles both mentally and physically with the crew, and is faced with difficult moral decisions.
The main draw of this story is definitely the characters, and the depth and connection to them when reading. First, the main character is tailored towards the intended readers of the book: children looking for a good adventure story. Jim himself is a child, and is faced with difficult problems in the exciting story. The reader connects and imagines life adventuring alongside Jim. Next, one of the crew members, Silver, is a very complex and deep character. His charisma and speech throughout the book marks him as a very unique character, one that readers bond and follow very easily. He is one of the main characters in the book that leads the story, and one that also affects the main character, Jim. Overall, both these characters have a lasting impression on the reader, which makes this book very enjoyable to read, and one that leaves the reader with a joyous feeling of adventure and childhood. Personally I’d recommend this book to anyone as it is a fun read.

Kdmullerspy Aug 04, 2014

Exciting and Adventurous!!!!! A great pirate story.

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cjgmoose
Jul 25, 2014

Descriptive narrative draws one into the adventure

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samuel1234_0
Jun 26, 2014

This is a very good book and it was very inspiring to do what you think and not to follow what others say.

JCLBreH Jun 24, 2014

Treasure Island by author
Robert Louis Stevenson. A classic pirates tale and adventure.

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cjgmoose
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!

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kmkarbowski
Jun 19, 2012

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

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Penguinting
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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