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First published in book form in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of the best-loved children's stories of all time. It recounts the thrilling adventures of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a mysterious map in the sea trunk of an old sailor who has died in his parent's inn. The map is of an island, and marked on it is the location of a hoard of money, hidden there by the ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Collector's Library (first published 1882)
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Richa I have. It isn't that long. It is very gripping too.
Laurie Jannine, Have you tried reading the audio version? It's great! I listened to it in the kitchen in short stints while washing dishes. The audio version…moreJannine, Have you tried reading the audio version? It's great! I listened to it in the kitchen in short stints while washing dishes. The audio version is written by a Brit, and they know how to pronounce all those dialectical words. I hope you will go back to reading it because if you didn't get to the part where David and Alan have an argument, you missed the best part of the book.(less)

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Bookdragon Sean
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 resides with Kermit the Frog. (Stay with me here!) I grew up watching the muppets. I became slightly obsessed with them. I kind of wanted to join them. So, whenever I read about Captain Smollett and Long

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 using animals as the characters, there is the Muppets' one, a Japanese anime TV series, an European mini-series taking the story to outer space starring Anthony Quinn, the animated remake of that versio
James Lafayette  Tivendale
Treasure Island is arguably one of the most influential tales in the world of fiction. Every pirate stereotype that we take for granted these days we can see the foundation somewhere in this magic tale. Approaching this story; I am quite lucky that I knew nothing about the plot except that there was a map where X marked the spot showcasing Captain Flint's legendary treasure. I went into the task of reading this like a happy youth, wide-eyed looking forward to experiencing a legendary story for t ...more
Raghad Frehat
هيا يا صديقي . شد الأشرعة و تعال معي في رحلة الى جزيرة الكنز
treasure island

جزيرة الكنز من اروع الأعمال الأدبية التي قرأتها على الأطلاق , وهي على الأغلب اكثر قصة قراصنة مشهورة على الاطلاق . هي قصة خرجت عن النمطية المعتادة
قصة للكاتب الاسكتلندي روبرت لويس ستيفنسون . نشرت عام 1883 ونشرت كحلقات للأطفال ايضًا

ستجد نفسك لا شعوريًا منغمس مع الفتى جيم هوكنز ومغامرته
تلك المغامرة التي نالت اعجاب اطفال "زمن الطيبين" قديمًا و يمكنني القول انها ستعجب اطفال وافراد هذا الزمن !

تروى القصة على لسان جيم هوكنز , حين كان في ال15
Dec 19, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone prepared to stage of a mutiny over a Bounty (bar)
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
As Indiana Jones once, rather astutely pointed out, when it comes to treasure "X never, ever marks the spot". Well, it does if you're a pirate, which basically means that as a pirate you have a statistically much higher chance of finding treasure than any archaeologist ever would. I find this a bit unfortunate and if someone had presented me with this hard and fast evidence I would have ticked the pirate box and not the archaeologist box on my careers worksheet at school. Instead, I have to make ...more
Remember when pirates briefly became ironically cool, and all of your annoying friends were joining facebook groups for International Talk Like A Pirate Day? And the first Pirates of the Carribbean movie came out and was surprisingly awesome? And then the second Pirates of the Carribbean movie came out and was decidedly less awesome, but you didn't really realize it until the third one came out and you discovered you couldn't remember and didn't care about number two's cliffhanger ending (it was ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 items worthy of note in 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 alcoholism; a code of honor; castaways (at sea or in land); shipwrecks (new and ancient); treason (group and individual) & double crosses; mutiny, hostages, captures and shocking escapes; strangers appearing from
Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
ARRrrr, me reader! Embark now on a voyage of high seas adventure with scurvy pirates, honest jack-tar sailors, marooned souls, and a vast treasure buried on some faraway island. Aye, that's Treasure Island! Weigh anchor, me laddie! The wind's always fair for gettin' this wonderful tale under way! HAHAAAAARRRGGGHHHAAAaaaa….omg, that's exhausting.
فهد الفهد
Aug 31, 2011 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-british
جزيرة الكنز

كان بورخيس يعد ستيفنسون أحد كتابه المفضلين، وروبرت لويس ستيفنسون هو صاحب الروايتين المشهورتين جدا ً (جزيرة الكنز) و(الحالة الغريبة للدكتور جيكل والمستر هايد)، الرواية الأولى مشهورة جدا ً عربيا ً، ويعود ذلك إلى أن الرواية حولت على يد المخرج الياباني (أوسامو ديزاكي) إلى مسلسل رسومي مبهر بعنوان (Takarajima)، دبلج هذا المسلسل إلى اللغة العربية وعرض في الثمانينات، وكان أحد أجمل المسلسلات التي تابعتها في طفولتي، وأظن أنه أثر وأمتع جيل كامل قبل أن تفقد الأفلام الرسومية القصة والإنسان، وتصبح
May 30, 2012 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Treasure Island was a swash-buckling adventure where the stakes were high and the Gentlemen of Fortune weren't so gentle when seeking their fortune. I absolutely loved this book. Having never read it before, I picked it up because it looked to be a quick read, and I had books on route to my house and not much time before they got here, I thought I'd get another quick read off my list of classics. Immediately upon reading I wanted to get on a boat and search for buried treasure, but settled for p ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
The book's blurb says "The most popular pirate story ever written in English" and they are not kidding about it. Practically every pirate tale written since then was influenced by this classic. I do not think I really need to mention the plot as it is widely known, but I will do it just in case.

A young boy named Jim Hawkins got his hands on a map showing the location of a buried pirate treasure - by a pure accident. A group of people is ready to go on a treasure hunt, but their plans are about
Long ago I was chatting with a colleague and put it to him that we could send out to all the people who had particularly annoyed us at work an envelope containing a single sheet of paper, entirely blank, save for a large black spot. My colleague, despite his unnecessary youthfulness, was sagacious beyond his years, and pointed out that most of the people who had really got our goats had probably never read Treasure Island. Acquainted as we were with their varying degrees of semi-literacy I had t ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨


When you encounter a haggard and bedraggled fellow in the middle of an uninhabited island that you have sailed to to find treasure, and the fellow in question claims that he is rich, you could undoubtedly decide that you have succeeded in your mission. Claim the prize. Flee the scene. End of the story.

Alas, that is not how Robert Louis Stevenson envisaged the ending. At this point, you have more than two thirds of the book to finish. Yet you carry on as if you haven't a clue abo
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

3.5 stars

This book started many well-known sayings, nods and tributes towards pirates and the sea life - the love pirates have of rum, Long John Silver, treasure maps with the X marking the spot, the bird on the shoulder of the pirate, some of the all had to start somewhere, and apparently Treasure Island hit the spot.

It's filled with well-rounded, enjoyable characters - Jim as the main, a mere child, was easy to en
Aug 04, 2016 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Nuevamente, y por la naturaleza de este libro que leí, decidí “embarcarme” en una novela de aventuras. Luego de leer “Robur, el Conquistador” de Julio Verne, uno de mis ídolos literarios de la niñez, necesitaba releer éste, algo que yo había hecho hace treinta años atrás y por eso decidí comprar la edición de Penguin Clásicos. Muchas veces me sucede que ciertas novelas de argumento complicado o desenlace trágico me saturan y me es necesario alivianar un poco la carga, despejándome con una que me ...more
Paul Bryant
Jun 09, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
In one of Manny's 1,682 reviews - no, I can't remember which one** - he says that it must have been incredibly exciting being an avid reader of modern novels in the 1880s and 1890s. Not only were they churning out great classics at a rate of knots, they were inventing whole genres - Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Picture of Dorian Gray, HG Wells - and Treasure Island is one of those, a novel which invented a whole a-harr talk like a pirate genre. Stevenson's prose is quite magical, he absolutely conv ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 15, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
My first time to read this book. The reason why I read this book now is that my favorite author, Frank McCourt mentioned in his memoir Teacher Man that Robert Louis Stevenson was his favorite author when he was a young boy in Ireland. When he moved to New York and during the first year of schooling, he submitted Treasure Island as his home-reading book and his literature teacher was impressed because his American classmates submitted books of contemporary (now forgotten) authors. After reading t ...more
Jason Pettus
Oct 29, 2009 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #32: Treasure Island (1883), by Robert Louis Stevenson

The story in a nutshell:
Inspired by a doodle from his step-son and originally written as a rainy-day
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Never trust a pirate.

I really love pirates… even though I try to ignore the fact that they’re dirty, rapists, murderers, alcoholics, thieves… aaah many bad things but still, I like the concept so here I am reading this book. Since it’s summer I tend to go towards these stories. One of my wishes is to become a pirate for a determinate amount of time. I’d love to sail away for a while with Jack Sparrow… I know, who doesn’t love Jack Sparrow? *daydreams*

After reading… and reading… and reading some
This was a hoot to listen to as an audio book & very well narrated by Neil Hunt. This is the mother of every pirate story I've ever read or seen, I think. The language was incomprehensible at times, on purpose, as even Jim Hawkins wasn't sure he always got the right of it. If I ever hear "15 men on a dead man's chest" again, I'll scream.

The characters were great, of course. Long John Silver is quite the rogue & Jim is the boy we all wish we were. Somehow our extraneous adventures never

This classic adventure story begins with an unpleasant guest at the Admiral Benbow Inn who the young and courageous Jim Hawkins overhears telling dreadful stories of hangings....walking the plank....storms at sea, and an evil place called Skeleton Island.

But lo and behold....when you meet the mutinous crew of the Hispaniola and Long John Silver himself with his two hundred year old feathery sidekick Dr

Ahmad Sharabiani
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
عنوان: جزیره گنج؛ نویسنده: رابرت لوئیس (لوئیز) استیونسون (استیونسن)؛ مترجم: هاجر تربیت؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، چاپ دوم 1343، در 278 ص؛
مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، چاپ دوم 1351، در 364 ص؛ موضوع: داستان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 م
مترجمها: حسین دستوم؛ یوسف فرخ؛ عباس کرمی فر؛ پرویز نجم الدینی؛ محسن سلیمانی؛ امیرمهدی مراد حاصل؛ صفورا کلهر؛ احمد کسایی پور؛ سپهر شهلایی؛ علی اکبری؛ علیرضا نعمتی؛ محمدرضا جعفری؛ نعیمه ظاهری؛ آرمین هدایتی؛ مهسا طاهریا
Aug 29, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
Λατρεύω τις ιστορίες με πειρατές. Το νησί του θησαυρού όμως είναι η καλύτερη από όλες όσες έχω διαβάσει. Καθαρόαιμη πειρατική περιπέτεια!
Δράση, αγωνία, κατάλληλη ατμόσφαιρα και ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες. Πολύ καλό, κατάλληλο να διαβαστεί και από ενήλικες και ανηλίκους.
Αυτά τα ολίγα!
J.G. Keely
There are a lot of Sea Stories out there, and this is one of the better-known, but it hardly outshines its genre. I found myself missing the humor and vivid characterization of Conrad, not to mention the insightful philosophical asides. I also found it somewhat lacking as an adventure story, as the plot was somewhat simplistic and contrived, following the empty avatar of a narrator through various vicarious thrills.

There's nothing wrong with an escapist yarn, but a good one keeps you riveted wi
I liked the Treasure Island, but if I had read it when I was younger I would have LOVED it. Whilst I was reading this book, all I could think of was One Eyed Willy and his 'rich stuff' and of course, THE TRUFFLE SHUFFLE!!

I didn't realise the movie Goonies was so heavily influenced by Treasure Island....I loved that movie. The adventure, the danger, the pirates, the rich stuff, was brilliant.

Reading this book made me want to; pull out Goonies and watch it again, travel on a boat to a
Nandakishore Varma
"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest;
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest:
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"

"Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!"

I came to first of Treasure Island from a Mickey Mouse story, with Mickey in the role of Jim Hawkins, Captain Hook in the role of Long John Silver, Gyro Gearloose in the role of the doctor and Goofy in the role of Ben Gunn. At that time, I never knew this novel existed! Later on, after I had read the original and loved it, I ha
Dec 09, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
Jim Hawkins is a young boy who helps his parents run the Admiral BentBow Inn. When he encounters an old pirate who is given the black spot of death with a mutineer's treasure map, he and his mother clean out the chest leaving only coins for the murderous pirates before running for their lives in search of someplace safe to stay the night in the home of a magistrate named Dr. Livestey. Can Young Jim keep his mother safe while holding onto a stolen treasure map that leads to the treasure of Captai ...more

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Debbie Zapata
Jul 11, 2013 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
I re-read this book every couple of years or so. It has been a favorite of mine since the days when my dad read it aloud to my sick brother: I was not allowed near his room and I was not supposed to listen to the story either (it was a boy's book!) but listen I did. I thought then that Jim's adventures were very exciting and I drove my mother crazy for awhile pretending to be a lady pirate. Anytime I read this I can still hear
my dad acting out the different voices....he was very good as Long Joh
***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***

Shiver me timbers! I wonder what Robert Louis Stevenson would think of Captain Jack Sparrow? Because a lot of Jack Sparrow’s DNA can be found in Treasure Island. I choose to think that Stevenson would be delighted by how influential his book had been.

This is a book that I never was interested in as a kid—pirates just didn’t appeal to me, I guess. But I was missing a pretty good yarn and I’m glad I was finally inspired to read it as an adult.
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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is onl
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“Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.” 145 likes
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