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Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Overview: 

Treasure Island is an adventure novel, a thrilling tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” It is an adventure tale of superb atmosphere, character and action, and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality—as seen in Long John Silver—unusual for children’s literature.

A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates’ gold he starts on an adventure that takes him from his English village to a desert island with the murderous Black Dog, half-mad Ben Gunn, and (of course) Long John Silver. Arr Jim lad!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Not much instruction there," said Doctor Livesey, as he passed on.

The next ten or twelve pages were filled with a curious series of entries. There was a date at one end of the line and at the other a sum of money, as in common account-books; but instead of explanatory writing, only a varying number of crosses between the two. On the 12th of June, 1745, for instance, a sum of seventy pounds had plainly become due to someone, and there was nothing but six crosses to explain the cause. In a few cases, to be sure, the name of a place would be added, as "Offe Caraccas"; or a mere entry of latitude and longitude, as "62° 17′ 20″, 19° 2′ 40″."

The record lasted over nearly twenty years, the amount of the separate entries growing larger as time went on, and at the end a grand total had been made out, after five or six wrong additions, and these words appended, "Bones, his pile."

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This is the iconic novel about pirates that it stands as the best example in this topic and easily one of the most adapted to other media novels in any genre.

I can remember having watched several adaptations, live action films, animated movies, even an animated film us

THE Pirate Adventure by Excellence.

18th century, Bristol Channel. Jim Hawkins is the young son of the innkeeper of the Admiral Benbow Inn. One day an old suspiciously wary sailor makes his entrance and lodges for a time. After his untimely death due to a stroke, revising his belongings, Jim finds

Someone recently asked me what review I enjoyed writing the most, and, well, this is it:

I have a massive problem with this book. It’s one I’m a little embarrassed to admit. The problem is not with the writing or the characters that Stevenson has created; it’s not even with the plot. The problem resi

Arr, me matey!
I've finally downed the children's classic, Treasure Island.
Sadly, these pirates weren't nearly as sexy as I was expecting. Where were all the sweaty pirate abs I've come to expect from the plethora of trashy romance novels I've gobbled down over the years?
Not here, that's for damn sur

My absolute favourite adventure story of them all. You have the Admiral Benbow, a little boy named Jim Hawkins, "Captain" Billy Bones, a cruffy old pirate, an incredible eerie pre-story (black spot), a treasure hunt, the ghost of Flint (Ben Gunn), the fight with Israel Hands and of course the one-le

Treasures, tropical islands, and rum soaked trope creating overkills

Amazingly good, dense, and complex writing for its time
I don´t want to say that professional college course creative writing is what makes US and UK authors so outstanding, but well, which other countries produce so many amazing fic

3 items worthy of note in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic treasure "Treasure Island":

1) There are a ton of tropes! We understand that this is pretty much what Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ripped off, making tons of money off of this adventurous classic, including but not limited to: rampant al

English (Treasure Island) / Italiano

«Squire Trelawney, 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 trea

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