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Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems u ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published 1993 by Wordsworth (first published 1883)
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Feb 03, 2012 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
Bookworm Sean
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 John Silver all I can see is Kermit fighting Tim Curry!


Therefore, I just can’t take thi
Apr 14, 2014 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel

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
Jason Koivu
Oct 21, 2013 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.
Apr 26, 2013 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
Sep 03, 2011 Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 21, 2014 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
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 31, 2011 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
Paul Bryant
Jun 18, 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
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
May 10, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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
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

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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
Book: Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Pages: 212
Awesomeness level: 5/5
Read: December, 15, 2009
Status: Will defiantly read again

This book was amazing. I was totally blown away by it--the wonderful adventure story filled my head to the brim with a sense of awe and excitement I can't quite explain. Reading this fabulous book makes me connect with the movie even more...The Disney movie called "Treasure Planet" instead of "Treasure Island". But I will tell you about that later. For now,
Jan 15, 2015 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
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Having not read this book as a child and thinking that I had probably "outgrown" the story as an adult, it took me along time to get around to reading this book which has been part of my Easton Press library for years. All I can say is...WOW, was a missing something special. This was a fantastic tale, superbly written with amazing characters (Long John Silver was just amazing) and a plot that never let up or lost any steam. A "classic" adventure story that truly lives up to its ...more
Apr 17, 2009 Manny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this book when I was about 8, and for some reason I didn't like it much. I never re-read it, as I did with all my favorite books, and I recall very little about the story.

But I remember it better than some people, as I discovered when I posed what I thought was the easiest Quiz question in the world. Apparently, not everyone is sure how many men there are on a dead man's chest...
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg
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
Dec 13, 2012 Werner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented historical fiction/pirate fiction
Robert Louis Stevenson was an author I became acquainted with very early in life, as the 1959 date suggests; this was my first book by him, and one of the staple favorites of my childhood. (The date is rough; I may have been younger than seven when I first read it, and two is just a guess as to how many times I read it --it was at least that, but maybe more.) My rating is my hindsight assessment of how it stacks up today in the mental canon of literature I've read; but if I'd read it today, with ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Felt like revisiting my "yute." You really can't read it quite the same way as an adult as you did as a kid. It's a good yarn, but you're so aware of how the stereotypes act to reinforce the "received notions" that support the English class system. Damn that liberal-leaning higher education!:)
Aug 16, 2008 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd never actually read this book before. I think I'd only seen movie versions of the story - which meant that I heard Tim Curry's voice every time Long John Silver opened his mouth to speak.

Despite this distraction (and yes, I loved the Muppet version of the story), I was able to get into the story for its own sake. I found the first person narration by Jim the best part of the book because of the perspective it gave the whole adventure - after all, Jim's in it for the glory, as a boy would be,
I was enjoying this book until I started reading the technical sailing crap and then I lost interest but I did manage to finish.
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 08, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurous children of all ages
Shelves: favorites
My father bought me Treasure Island not at a bookstore — as a Cuban immigrant who could barely read English, he didn’t hang out at any — but at Winn-Dixie, which had a deal where you could buy a book for $1 if you spent a certain amount on groceries. Every week, my father bought a book in the series — Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, I can’t remember them all after 40 ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا أعتقد أن أحدا من ابناء جيلي سيمر على هذه الرواية دون أن يلح على مخيلته المسلسل الكرتوني بنفس الأسم. ذلك المسلسل الذي استهوانا جميعا أيام التلفاز الضخم ذو الإطار الخشبي والشاشة الفضية السميكة الموصومة في أحد زواياها بدائرة ملونة جراء التحرش بها بالمغناطيس والمعادن؛ أيام كنا نشاهد الرسوم المتحركة مرة في اليوم ثم نقضي الوقت بركل بعضنا حتى نسقط من الإعياء. في ذلك العمل، أبدع الاسكتلندي في التأليف (روبرت ستيفنسن)، أبدع الياباني في الرسم، وأبدع العربي في الدبلجة (خصوصا سامي كلارك في غناء الشارة ووح ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like pirates....or mizzenmasts....or the phrase "and you can lay to that."
I read this book alongside my son, who had been assigned Treasure Island for summer reading. While not necessarily the kind of fiction I typically choose, it was certainly entertaining, however, there *were* large paragraphs here and there I barely paid attention to--paragraphs that were filled with boatswains and coxswains and larboards and mizzenmasts and other such words that mean nothing to me (hypothesis 1: Stevenson was paranoid about being "unauthentic" so he had to throw this stuff in to ...more
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
Alright, Robbie. You did good. My first "boys' adventure story," which was apparently a genre of its own in the 1800s. This book seems to be taken up more by adults now than children, but I wish I had been younger for my first reading. There's some exciting stuff with pirates and treasure, but to be honest, the first section—the part that takes place in England before the real adventure begins—was my favourite part. I guess I just don't have an adventurous spirit.
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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 o
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