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Treasure Island (original 1883; edition 1974)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Title:Treasure Island
Authors:Robert Louis Stevenson
Info:Maidenhead Purnell 1974 251p,[8] leaves of plates ill(some col) 21cm
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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

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    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: King Solomon's Mines was written as a result of a wager between H. Rider Haggard and his brother on whether he could write a novel half as good as R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island. Why not read them both and decide for yourself?
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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (krizia_lazaro)
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    Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner (wisewoman)
    wisewoman: Both are classic adventure stories with boys as narrators. Quite fun.
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    Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (mcenroeucsb)
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    The Buccaneers by Iain Lawrence (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Pirates and hijinks on the high seas abound in both - in Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins is brought along on an expedition to find a pirate's buried treasure and faces betrayal and danger from pirates & the crew. In Buccaneers, the crew fears that a castaway they pick up in the middle of the ocean is a Jonah who will betray them to the most vicious pirate on the seas.… (more)
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    Stormchaser by Paul Stewart (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: Pirates is not the only thing these two books have in common. They are both incredibly exciting adventures and have wonderfully brave young heroes.
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    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: In both, the protagonist sets out to sea and must show great courage to rectify a grievous mistake that exposes themselves and the crew to great danger. Both excellent reads for the nautically-minded.
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    The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson (BasKoeln)
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    The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Morteana)
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    Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Far from Crichton's best, but a fun pirate romp.
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    Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion (Cecrow)
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    The Pyrates by George MacDonald Fraser (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: If you have read lots of books about pirates and seen all the pirate movies, you'll probably enjoy Pyrates because it references most of them. If you're not a fanatic about all things pirate, you might want to skip Pyrates and try Fraser's Flashman series instead.… (more)
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    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (chwiggy)
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    Nick of Time by Ted Bell (Homechicken)
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    The Amateur Emigrant / The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson (John_Vaughan)
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Very enjoyable as an audiobook. The reader does a fantastic job with the voices and the emotion. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |

“Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

3.5 stars

This book started many well-known sayings, nods and tributes towards pirates and the sea life - the love pirates have of rum, Long John Silver, treasure maps with the X marking the spot, the bird on the shoulder of the pirate, some of the songs...it all had to start somewhere, and apparently Treasure Island hit the spot.

It's filled with well-rounded, enjoyable characters - Jim as the main, a mere child, was easy to enjoy as he led most of the story through his viewpoint. Long John Silver was twisted but fascinating and, having not read the story before, I was surprised with some of the faces he showed. Yes, I've been living under a rock in that regard.

Stevenson is a good writer - his words make a smooth sailing experience, talented and pretty but keeping on point to hold up pacing.

Despite perks, the story itself is only average to me since I wanted a full fledged adventure and felt more could have been included. Skeleton Island had a personality we didn't get to fully explore, and most of what happened was predictable with little surprise. Sure, I didn't see some of the small twists, but overall the surprises weren't strong.

The book shines brightest at the beginning at the inn, but I thought it would keep going strong when they set sail. Instead sea travel is abbreviated and the rest of the book focuses mainly on the internal fighting of the men. While this was interesting, I'd like to see other things thrown in to shake things up. Keeping it a little basic makes it clear to me he was writing this more with young readers in mind.

Overall it was a book that started much and deserves its place as a classic treasure. The writing is well done, the characters rich, although the story is a little bare bones. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Not my kind of adventure at all, but I still managed to enjoy it. Stevenson's genius is still evident, still readable. There are a few references to things we don't know about anymore, but not enough to make it difficult to immerse oneself in the excitement.

Wyeth's illustrations are wonderful - if you can, read this anniversary edition with the full-color vibrant life. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A fun adventure story for all ages, Treasure Island nevertheless felt like a bit of a letdown. I feel guilty saying that, but it's told so quickly and the story is so familiar that, nowadays, I don't believe it's possible to be comprehensively thrilled by its content. It's a good, breezy little romp, to be sure, but the main quality of Treasure Island nowadays is the respect and appreciation one must have for its sheer influence on popular culture. It defined the whole pirate genre – even to list the most prominent examples would be a lengthy exercise – and had an immeasurable influence on adventure stories as a whole. Show me a child who has not been wooed by Treasure Island or at least elements from it, a child who has not sought for hidden treasure in their parents' garden, a child who has not fought with cutlasses made from cardboard, and I will show you a child who did not have a childhood. Whilst it may not be as engrossing a read as one might suppose, Stevenson's small, unassuming book is one of the earthquakes of Western civilisation; he is of those very few writers – alongside Shakespeare and Tolkien – who inarguably changed the course of popular culture. If any writer was ever inspired to craft an exciting adventure, it was only by standing on the shoulders of this giant. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
Review: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I really enjoyed reading Treasure Island after so many years. This was a fascinating story of double-crossing and deceit, bravery and cowardliness. The book was filled with excitement and adventure to the fullest. The author used the same vocabulary they would during that time era. Somewhat confusing at times but not enough for me to misunderstand plus, sometimes I just used my own wording to allow the story to flow effortlessly. Stevenson was very good at describing and giving good detail to the things important to the story. I thought the dialogue was very good and it advanced the plot further to allow the reader to get to know the various characters. Stevenson’s writing was unique and he created a great story about a boy following his dreams and succeeding against all odds.

Not long after a pirate dies at a family Inn, Jim Hawkins, the owner’s young boy accidentally stumbles across a treasure map of the notorious pirate, Captain Flint. Jim and two other men decide to set out to find Flint’s treasure, however they are not the only ones who know of the maps existence….

Once settled onboard a ship called, “Hispaniola” Jim overhears a plan being made to take over the ship by some of the crew who once sailed with Captain Flint when he was alive. The mutiny would be lead by Long John Silver, the assumed amiable ship’s cook. The conflicts between Jim and the mutineers were soon in play.

There were better developed characters on board who had good intentions and strived to stay alive among the treacherous, double-crossers who only cared to gather the gold. However, once on the Island the adventure really peaks to its highest and I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to get off the Island with the treasure. Yet, keep reading and find out how shifty and responsible Jim could be…

I thought the story was wonderfully told with all the pure stimulating adventure on the high seas and the process of finding the buried treasure and listening to the rugged pirates. The villains were perfect. They were not hard core grotesque characters but just balanced with self-preservation and greed and just evil enough to fear them on the open waters…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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Her i en helt ny oversettelse: den ur-klassiske sjørøverfortellingen: en bok som mange har forsøkt å kopiere, men aldri klart å gjøre bedre!

Glitrende oversatt av Bjørg Hawthorn, som forøvrig står bak flere Joseph Conrad oversettelser.
 

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Stevenson, Robert Louisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, EberhardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Britton, JasperNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brust, Karl FriedrichIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chen wei minsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colfer, EoinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, ErhardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillard, R. H. W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hunt, PeterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingpen, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
TO THE HESITATING PURCHASER

If sailor tales to sailor tunes,
Storm and adventure, heat and cold,
If schooners, islands, and maroons,
And buchaneers, and buried gold,
And all the old romance, retold
exactly in the ancient way,
can please, as me they pleased of old,
The wiser youngsters of today:

-So be it, and fall on! If not,
If studious youth no longer crave,
His ancient appetites forgot,
Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,
Or Cooper of the wood and wave,
So be it, also! And may I
And all my pirates share the grave
Where these and their ceations lie!
Dedication
To S.L.O., an American gentleman, in accordance with whose classic taste the following narrative has been designed, it is now, in return for numerous delightful hours, and with kindest wishes, dedicated by his affectionate friend, THE AUTHOR.
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Squire Trelawny, 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.
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"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!"
"Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!"
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This is the main work - Stevenson's Treasure Island (unabridged).  Please do not combine with omnibus/combined editions, anthologies or abridged editions, nor movie treatments nor audio books (unless, of course, they are complete and unabridged)
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When Jim Hawkins finds an old pirate map showing a small island marked with a red cross, he knows that a fortune in gold lies waiting for him. What could be more exciting than buried treasure?
Aboard a ship named the Hispaniola, Jim sails toward Treasure Island. The voyage goes well until Jim overhears a frightening conversation. He learns that the one-legged man who signed on as ship's cook is really the famous pirate Long John Silver. And worse - he discovers that the crew are teaming up with Silver to steal the treasure. Can Jim save the gold...and save his life?
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There and back again:
pirates, gold and adventures!
The sea-cook's the star.
(ed.pendragon)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451527046, Mass Market Paperback)

Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic. --Naomi Gesinger

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:24 -0400)

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An innkeeper's son finds a treasure map that leads him to a pirate's fortune.

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