Treasure Island, Hardback
4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Sterling Juvenile
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9781402714573



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Stevenson is an all-time classic author, and this book is rightfully held in the front rank of the Stevenson canon. It is often cited as a classic of young adult literature, and it clearly works as such, superbly so. But I would like to cite Mr. Stevenson's sophisticated and subtle portayal of his characters. The motivations are shaded, knowing, understandable, and realistic. We have the evolving, by turns treacherous and ingratiating, journey of Long John Silver. We have the captain of the vessel, and while not as subtle a character, certainly has his depths. And of course, the classic first-person Jim Hawkins, whose courage and resourcefulness are really the entree to this delicious meal.There are some works which seem to carry all in the genre after it. This is one of those. In the words of Jorge Luis Borges: "I like antique maps, 18th-century type styles, the origins of words, the smell of coffee, and the prose of Stevenson." Amen.

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One of my favorite books of all time. This is the standard in adventure novels and for good reason. Every young boy and girl should read this book.

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This is one of those books I have always wanted to read. I am glad that I did, it was quite enjoyable and I see why it is classed as a Classic novel, and has been reprinted so many times. The characters where quite interesting and enjoyed the flow the book. My only issue was when the narrator switched to the Doctor. Overall a good book and a recommendation for all ages.

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this book is not a book for me not enough action and just boring

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Rereading Treasure Island for the first time since adolescence, I was struck by how tightly plotted the story is, and also how much of the story I had missed as a young reader. Stevenson writes with what is surely deadpan humor - for example, an over-the-top passage where the Squire begs forgiveness from his mortally-wounded gamekeeper for having dragged him on a wild-goose chase for buried treasure, only to have the servant (1) reply that it wouldn't be proper for him to forgive his master, (2) forgive him, and (3) promptly die. When the young protagonist kills a pirate in self-defense, Stevenson wastes no time on the notion that a good character must throw up or feel paralyzed by the knowledge they have taken a life; instead he describes, coolly, the way the pirate sinks to the bottom of the crystal clear bay. The story moves at a steady clip, is totally unsentimental, and lets the protagonist drive all the main action of the story through his choices, wise and otherwise. This book has aged well.

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