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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island (original 1883; edition 1968)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.
Title:Treasure Island
Authors:Robert Louis Stevenson
Info:Santa Rosa, Calif. : Classic Press, 1968.
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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?
  2. 165
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (krizia_lazaro)
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    Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner (atimco, FernandoH)
    atimco: Both are classic adventure stories with boys as narrators. Quite fun.
  4. 50
    Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion (Cecrow)
  5. 50
    Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (mcenroeucsb)
  6. 40
    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 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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    The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne (Cecrow)
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    Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Far from Crichton's best, but a fun pirate romp.
  10. 42
    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 Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Morteana)
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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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    Flint's Island by Leonard Wibberley (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Further adventures of Long John Silver
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    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (chwiggy)
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    The Amateur Emigrant / The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson (John_Vaughan)
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    Nick of Time by Ted Bell (Homechicken)
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I enjoyed this book way more than I expected! Such a fun treasure hunt with pirates! I never read it in childhood but as an adult it was a thrilling quick read!
  Azmir_Fakir | Oct 31, 2022 |
Listened to the Greek audiobook version in the app 'Bookvoice'.

The story was narrated in a catchy way and along with the highly adventurous storytelling of Mr.Stevenson's, the interest was always kept on top.

Listened to the story in one day and a half and I have to say one thing; I dreamt about ships and the sea at night. The description of images and action is vivid and our protagonist is one we can care about and we can believe in. (Also have seen the Disney remake and it has been one of my favourite animation films since a child, and had a curiosity to learn the official story)

(Stevenson's writing had also caught my attention in my Jeckyl and Hyde phase; I also had played the game and got even more excited about the story)

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  Ihaveapassion | Oct 25, 2022 |
Treasure island is an amazing book. It has so much detail. It has such a thrilling story. You feel like you are watching a movie or yourself as a character.
  Laiba_Ejaz1122 | Sep 12, 2022 |
A simple, straight-forward adventure tale. I can understand why it captured the hearts of its juvenile audience when it was written, and why so many boys wished to go to sea and seek for buried treasure. The hero of this tale is the unlikely Jim Hawkins, whose luck and fast thinking gets him out of many a deadly scrape; the villain the memorable Long John Silver, who forms for most of us a lasting image of the one-legged pirate with a parrot squawking at his shoulder.

I remember the tale from my childhood, and believed I had read it, although I now suspect it was the movie I saw and not the book that I read. Not that I would have been above a good adventure tale, but I imagine myself with my head buried in Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys rather than Stevenson, and nothing of the details of the book seemed familiar to me.

A lot of fun, and a nice break from more serious fare. I started reading it on the Serial Reader but found myself unwilling to stop with one installment a day–a testament, I suppose, to the ability this story still has to drag the reader in.

Sixteen men on a dead man’s chest. Yo, Ho, Ho…and a bottle of rum.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Probably one of the most iconic pirate novels of all time and considered a classic piece of literature. The story is fine and the plot moves along although the flow definitely felt a bit more jilted than what current literature is. The characters tend to make the book with the main character and Long John Silver as the two preeminent ones; although there are other enjoyable ones. Honestly, I would have enjoyed the book more if there were more pirates and the story told more in their camp. Overall, a good book. However, I will commit literature heresy and say that it's not a great book. Final Grade - C ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Robert Louis Stevensonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Avellanus, ArcadiusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Álvarez, José MaríaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, EberhardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Colfer, EoinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, ErhardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillard, R. H. W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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!

A thin, high, trembling voice sang:

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

I have never seen men more dreadfully affected than
the pirates. The color went from their faces like enchant-
ment; some leaped to their feet, some clawed hold cf
"It's Flint!" cried Merry.
last words!"
"Darby M'Graw," the voice wailed. "Fetch aft the

"They was his last words!" moaned Morgan. "Flint's
Still, Silver was unconquered. "I'm here to get that
stuff," he cried, "and I'll not be beat by man or devil."
"Belay there, John!" said Merry. "Don't you cross a
"There's seven hundred thousand pounds not a quarter
of a mile from here," Silver said. Sperrit? I never was
feared of Flint in his life, and by the powers, I'll face
him dead!"
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,

by his affectionate friend,
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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.
"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)
ISBN 0192141872 - per WorldCat is for The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories by Patricia Craig which matches the covers.
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While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

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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.

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