Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., 2004
ISBN: 9781402714573
Branch Call Number: J STEVENS
Characteristics: vii, 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McKowen, Scott

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Sep 17, 2019

The book’s protagonist, Jim Hawkins, coincidentally obtains a map leading to treasures on a deserted island and boards a ship to get there. Among his companions are the generous Dr.Livesey and the righteous Captain Smollett, but there are also a group of pirates, headed by Long John Silver, who secretly plan a mutiny once they find the treasures.

I had read this story in Chinese as a child because it was a popular Western children’s book for parents to buy. However, the memory had blurred over the years and after discovering that its author was the same as the one who wrote Jekyll & Hyde (which I also read & reviewed recently), I decided to give it another read!

Treasure Island is really different from Jekyll & Hyde. Although both have the Gothic elements such as pirates and double identities, TI puts much more emphasis on the adventure and character and plot developments, as opposed to J&H which focuses on the mystery itself. .
I can tell why people often see TI as a coming-of-age story. Jim Hawkins is an extremely likable young man, smart, brave and sometimes headstrong. The morals and personalities of the other major characters vary across a colorful spectrum, and each is adequately developed for the reader to have a stake in their well-being, which is important for a conflict-centered work like this.

Some say that a moral of TI is that good people are rewarded and the bad are punished, but I disagree. Not all bad people are punished — Long John Silver escapes at the end with a portion of the treasure, and some loyal seamen were killed because they refused to join the pirates. Rather, I believe that part of what Jim learns as his lesson is that rewards do not necessarily match with moralistic values, and the best we can do is to follow our hearts and hope for the best.

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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.

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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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