Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by Patrick Scott

Penguin Publishing Group | June 3, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

Treasure Island is rated 4.33333333333333 out of 5 by 6.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s rousing seafaring classic.
 
“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest—
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
 
For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From young Jim Hawkins’s first encounter with the sinister beggar Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, this novel has fired readers’ imaginations for generations. A rousing tale of treachery, greed, and daring, Treasure Island continues to enthrall readers of all ages.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.63 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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 4 out of 5 by from A Classic Tale for all ages to enjoy! This was another novel I never read as a child and just finished now being in the half century club. Thoroughly enjoyed the tale, the language that clearly brought out the distinctiveness of all the characters. I felt I was right alongside Jim Hawkins while he keeps one step ahead of the double crossing Long John Silver. I truly loved it!
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic I first read this as a child. Reading it again as an adult and loved it as much now as I did then :-)
Date published: 2013-11-29
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 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

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by Patrick Scott

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.63 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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.

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Chapter IThe Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow"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 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.I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow; a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man; his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulders of his soiled blue coat; his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails; and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white. I remember him looking round the cove and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards:-"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars. Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum. This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste, and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our si
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Robert Louis Stevenson’s rousing seafaring classic.
 
“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest—
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
 
For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From young Jim Hawkins’s first encounter with the sinister beggar Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, this novel has fired readers’ imaginations for generations. A rousing tale of treachery, greed, and daring, Treasure Island continues to enthrall readers of all ages.

About the Author

Throughout his life, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was plagued by ill health, which interrupted his formal education at Edinburgh University. Pursuing the life of a bohemian during his twenties and thirties, he traveled around Europe and formed the basis of his first two books, An Inland Journey (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1879). Stevenson gained his first popular success with Treasure Island (1883). The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which sold forty thousand copies in six months, and Kidnapped appeared in 1886, followed by The Black Arrow (1888) and The Master of Ballantrae (1889). In 1888, he set out with his family for the South Seas, traveling to the leper colony at Molokai and finally settling in Samoa, where he died.
 
Patrick Scott is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and co-editor of Studies in Scottish Literature. From 1996 to 2011, he was Director of Rare Books and Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library, which has the largest Scottish literature collection outside Scotland. His earlier publications on Victorian boys’ books include essays on Hughes’s Tom Brown’s Schooldays and Kipling’s Stalky & Co.
 
Sara Levine is the author of the novel Treasure Island!!! and the short story collection Short Dark Oracles. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and she teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

“[Treasure Island is] the realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas.”—G.K. Chesterton