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Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by Patrick Scott

Signet Classics | June 3, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

Treasure Island is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
The timeless adventure

From young Jim Hawkins?s first encounter with the sinister Blind Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, Treasure Island continues to thrill generations of readers.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.82 × 4.36 × 0.65 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451530977

ISBN - 13: 9780451530974

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is an 1883 fictional adventurous and classic pirate story. The book follows Jim Hawkins, a young man, who has found a treasure map and with the help of friends hires a crew to find the treasure, but the crew has their own plan. The two main characters of the book, Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver were two of the most intriguing characters. Treasure Island is classic book and I honestly recommend anyone to read this book, regardless of their age.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great lesson On the outset, the book seems as if it is about pirates and treasures, don't get me wrong, it is really about that. Though, there is more to it. Robert Louis Stevenson brings his own experience into the story, his relationship with his father and his sea adventures. Jim, the main character, who starts off as a young boy becomes a self-sufficient man by the end. Every character plays a significant role in the story and in Jim's life though he only happens to give credit to one of them. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and coming of age stories.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! Treasure Island is an absolutely great read. Treasure Island was written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The novel is divided into 6 parts and 34 chapters: Jim Hawkins is the narrator of all except for chapters 16-18 which are narrated by Doctor Livesey. Treasure Island explores themes such as; The search for heroic role models, The futility of desire, and The lack of adventure in the modern age. I would reccomend this book for anyone who is into adventure books.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Treasure Island features the story of Jim, a boy who eventually finds himself in the company of a crew in a race to find hidden treasure against pirates led by Long John Silver. This is your generic "pirates and treasure" novel. I felt that the book took way too long to get to the point where it became at least somewhat interesting. The book had highs and lows but overall it did not capture my interest. If you are into the genre of pirates and treasure with mystery and adventure, this book might be worth a read.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was o.k. Jim lives with his parents, who run a bed and breakfast. When a mysterious man arrives to stay and dies while there, strange people come looking for him. Jim and his mom find a treasure map amongst his possessions. Jim takes it to the doctor and they round up some people to go looking for the treasure, include Long John Silver. But, looking for treasure with pirates can be dangerous... It was o.k. There were some times I found the story more interesting than others, but I have to admit that I had a hard time focusing on the story for some reason. I got distracted easily, so I know I missed some things. Funny thing - I thought it would pick up towards the end, but I think I actually found the beginning more interesting, or at least, that was when I was able to focus better.
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yo-ho-ho! And a bottle of rum! Read this one online on Project Gutenberg. One of my favourite novels. An adventure through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, the author pulls the reader in to this classic pirate adventure. If you want to read the original pirate story that started it all then read this. I recommend this to teens and adults alike. The adventure will keep you hooked!
Date published: 2009-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Pretty good book, I enjoyed it a lot
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic – with every reason to be. The story revolves around two main characters: Jim, who joins some locals in commissioning a ship to find buried treasure using a map left at his mother's inn, and Long John Silver, an old sea dog hired as cook on the expedition. It soon becomes evident that Silver was part of the band of pirates that hid the treasure, and he has enlisted some allies to mutiny at an opportune time. The novel describes the efforts of these two parties – Jim and his friends, and Silver and his mates – to gain the upper hand and find the treasure. The island itself poses interesting dilemmas for both parties as the characters contend with the climate, strange clues and a surprise inhabitant. Not only is this book a page-turning wonder, it also provides an insight to characters' motivations and is enriched by, for example, Jim's observations of the drunkenness of certain individuals, the hypocricies of others, and his running commentary which highlights the boy's growth through the course of the story. Long John Silver himself is a worthy subject of any character study; he seems cutthroat one instant and charming another. Is he simply trying to stay on everyone's good side to avoid the gallows or to avoid being killed by his peers? Perhaps he genuinely enjoys his conversations with Jim. Is he to be trusted at the end? I'm sure every reader will have a unique opinion concerning the motivations of this colourful pirate and his squawking parrot, Captain Flint. I'll state it simply: (re)read this book.
Date published: 2006-06-05

– More About This Product –

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by Patrick Scott

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.82 × 4.36 × 0.65 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451530977

ISBN - 13: 9780451530974

About the Book

From young Jim Hawkins's first encounter with the sinister Blind Pew to the climactic battle with villain Long John Silver, Stevenson's story is full of thrills and action. This edition of "Treasure Island" contains a new Introduction. Revised reissue.

From the Publisher

The timeless adventure

From young Jim Hawkins?s first encounter with the sinister Blind Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, Treasure Island continues to thrill generations of readers.

About the Author

Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out
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