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Treasure Island Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), the Scottish-born, world-renowned poet and novelist, is best known for TREASURE ISLAND but wrote countless books for children and adults, including A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.
John Lawrence is the author-illustrator of THIS LITTLE CHICK, a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. He also illustrated TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE Martin Waddell and SEA HORSE: THE SHYEST FISH IN THE SEA by Chris Butterworth. He lives in Cambridge, England.
Top Customer Reviews
The point about classics such as Treasure Island is that you cannot doubt the relevance of such a book, since it is still popular more than 120 years after it was first published (1883). Hundreds of books following Treasure Island have used the image of the pirate Long John Silver and made it a universal type. Ask anyone to picture a pirate and in nine out of ten cases you will get something closely resembling Long John.
The strongest quality of Treasure Island is that it is still surprisingly fresh. It has a pace that can stand comparison with any contemporary novel. Stevenson did not add a lot of moralising to the story, which is quite remarkable for a coming of age story dated from that period. The character of Long John suffers clearly from a certain machiavellian duality, a topic that will return more prominently in Stevenson's later work: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The sticker on the back when removing left a big greese stain and took of some of empossing print. It was a gift so not all that happy with it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fast shipping and so far an excellent read! Would recommend!Published 14 months ago by Logan Aucoin
Tough read since the English is from 1886 but a really cool story. Makes you want to go out and find ye burried treasure!Published on July 4 2014 by Evan Polson
Using this version of the original text as a read aloud for my grade 3 class. The Classic Starts version is making this story accessible to my students without taking away from... Read morePublished on May 3 2014 by Brodie
Actual Book was too small. Can't read the print. The downside of ordering anything on-line.Had to repack and send to Mississauga. More trouble than its worth. just go to the mall.Published on Aug. 5 2013 by tony morrell
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