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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reissue edition (May 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553212494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553212495
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Masterfully crafted, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas -- an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swashbucklers, from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands, to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, Treasure Island is a complex study of good and evil, as embodied by that hero-villain, Long John Silver: the merry unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold cannot help but win the heart of every soul who ever longed for romance, treasure, and adventure. Since its publication in 1883, Treasure Island has provided an enduring literary model for such eminent writers as Anthony Hope, Graham Greene, and Jorge Luis Borges. As David Daiches wrote: "Robert Louis Stevenson transformed the Victorian boys' adventure into a classic of its kind."

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By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18 2012
Format: Paperback
The free download for Kindle of "Treasure Island" is hardly a feature rich edition of the classic, but it does have the most important part, which is the novel itself. Originally the book was serialized in "Young Folks" between 1881 and 1882, but was then published as a book on May 23rd of 1883. "Treasure Island" is a wonderful adventure for younger readers, and has had an impact on popular culture. The popular stereotype of pirates, and buried treasure marked by an X on a treasure map, all comes from this story.

Most of the story is narrated by Jim Hawkins, the son of the owners of an inn, who becomes involved in a mystery involving sailors and treasure, though there are a few chapters narrated by Doctor Livesey, whom Jim looks to as a trusted magistrate. The adventure takes place at some point in the 18th century, though one cannot determine the exact time frame and regardless it isn't important for the story.

This is a great work for younger readers as it is full of adventure and interesting characters, and a young hero in Jim Hawkins. The best known of the characters, though, is Long John Silver. Hired as a cook for the expedition, it is no surprise that Silver turns out to be much more. Silver has much more complexity and depth than any other character in the story, and that is perhaps the main thing that makes the story as engaging as it is. There is no shortage of film adaptations and TV shows based on this work, and though its story is clearly of a time, the enjoyment of reading it is timeless.
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By A Customer on Aug. 10 1999
Format: Paperback
If studious youth no longer crave the naivety & adventure that Jim Hawkins, &c. did, they do themselves a disservice.
The fact that this book has accreted 45 reviews is testament to influence. What then remains to discuss are its merits.
Accessible enough for young people (I first read it when I was eight), even for the refined reader it will evoke that arresting singability that the great adventures from the Odyssey to Beowulf to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea all can & do.
It is not high art. Stevenson wrote popular fiction. In order for such higher art to exist it must have a healthy popular fundament to support it, to paraphrase Pound. Treasure Island is such art--fit for the scops, & the ears of the restless.
The best support for Treasure Island may be the epigraph penned by its author, which serves as an elegant & frank testimony to Stevenson's feelings about the importance of the folk tradition:
"IF sailor tales and sailor tunes, / Storm and adventure, heat and cold, / If schooners, islands, and maroons, / And Bucaneers and buried Gold, / And all the old romance, retold / Exactly the ancient way, / Can please, as me they pleased of old, / The wiser youngsters of today:
"SO be it, and fall on! If not, / If studious youth no longer crave, / His ancient appetites forgot, / Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave, / Or Cooper of the wood and wave: / So be it also! And may I / And all my pirates share the grave / Where these and their creations lie!"
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"Treasure Island," by Robert Louis Stevensen, is a very good book. It has everything you could ever want in an adventure story. I have seen people who rate this with 1 star, and I cant understand it. I also cant understand how they maneged to spell the name of the ship wrong. Anyway, this book gets on the top 5 of my favorite books, among "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and "Jurassic Park." You cant go wrong with this book. P.S: Not that youd care, but the character Isreal Hands was the Blackbeard's first mate in real life.
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I read this classic for book club and although the book club really didn't like it I found it kept my attention and was a nice short read. I thought the dialogue was pretty impressive as compared with what a person would find in modern fiction. Wish I had read it when I was younger since it would have caught more of my imaginations. I wouldn't hesitate to give this to a young reader.
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